Below is an excerpt of an article I wrote for LoveThyNerd. Click the link at the bottom to read the entire piece.

SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Do not read if you have not seen this episode and do not want it to be spoiled for you!

What is the end result of ultimate power? Is there anything wrong with desiring power? In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Episode 4, Zemo and others believe it will lead to a life of supremacy. Others, like Sam, believe it does not have to end that way. Perhaps it is less about using whatever power you have to your advantage, but instead using it to serve others.

While this series is not built around a simple good-versus-evil storyline, one theme has been building throughout, and it took center stage in this episode: the effects of power. Specifically, the new Captain America, John Walker, has a deep desire for power, and that desire is separating him from the original Cap, Steve Rogers.

Several times throughout the episode, we hear Zemo’s thoughts around power. His goal is to end all Super Soldiers, for he is convinced that “the desire to become superhuman cannot be separated from supremacist ideals.”


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