The Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s new line-up of post-Endgame superheroes are arriving on Disney+ in the New Year, with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan leading the charge in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
While fans haven’t been given much information about the upcoming spin-0ff series, Marvel finally released a full-length trailer for the show in which we see Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes in action after the death of Steve Rogers.
Throughout the series, Stan and Mackie will be joined by fellow Captain America stars Emily VanCamp and Daniel Brühl, who’ll be reprising their roles of Sharon Carter and Baron Zemo respectively.
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Read on for everything we know about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
What is Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s release date?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been bumped back multiple times throughout 2020 – however, Marvel has finally settled on an official date.
The spin-off series is now expected to land on Disney+ on 19th March 2021 despite being initially announced as an Autumn release.
Of course, the coronavirus outbreak has wreaked havoc on countries all over the world, prompting all filming on Marvel’s Disney+ shows to be halted – including Falcon and Winter Soldier, which was mere weeks away from wrapping up.
After a lengthy delay, the series has began filming again in Atlanta, as confirmed by Mackie and Stan on two adorable linked social media posts – while the shoot reportedly wrapped in October according to Comicbook.com
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier cast
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will be reprising their respective roles as Air Force operative turned literal wingman Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) and reformed KGB assassin Bucky Barnes, better known by his codename The Winter Soldier.
But they aren’t the only familiar faces returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for this series, as Daniel Brühl will also be back as his Captain America: Civil War baddie Baron Zemo.
He made a big impression in that 2016 crossover epic, by driving a sizeable wedge between Captain America and Iron Man which ultimately left Earth vulnerable to Thanos’ forces in Avengers: Infinity War.
For his reappearance, it has been confirmed that Brühl will be sporting the character’s iconic costume from the comics, which includes a distinctive purple face mask – particularly appropriate in the era of COVID-19.
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“I was incredibly thrilled to go back because I remember that I had a lot of fun being in something completely different and getting to explore the MCU and become part of that,” Brühl said.
Another returning character who has been conspicuously absent since Civil War is Agent Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), who Steve Rogers had a brief dalliance with before travelling back in time to marry her great aunt (awkward).
Sharon has been involved in several major Captain America storylines in the comic books, so her casting here is quite significant and fans will be intrigued to find out how “the snap” affected her.
Black Mirror star Wyatt Russell is set to appear as USAgent, a government sanctioned Captain America copycat with a dark side, who can be glimpsed in a familiar getup in new concept art below…
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Noah Mills (The Brave) and Carl Lumbly (Alias) have also joined the cast in undisclosed roles, with some fans speculating that the latter could play Isaiah Bradley, the first Black Captain America.
In the comics, Bradley was the product of secret experiments by the US government on African-Americans as they attempted to replicate the super soldier serum, a storyline inspired by the very real Tuskegee syphilis studies.
In October 2020, On My Block star Danny Ramirez was announced to be joining the cast of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, in a secret (but important) role.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll be playing a character from the Marvel comic books or a new creation for the series, but we’ll keep this page updated with more information as it comes in.
What is the Falcon/Winter Soldier TV series about?
In Avengers: Endgame, after the dust had settled on the climactic battle with Thanos and his goons, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) ventured back into the past to return the stolen Infinity Stones to their rightful place in time and space.
He returned as an elderly man, having lived a full and happy life with his first love Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), effectively ending his tenure as Captain America.
He then handed his shield to loyal friend Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), presumably passing on the mantle of Captain America too. But does he have what it takes to be America’s Ass?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, so we should get an answer to that question (and many others).
As for Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), he’s no longer under the control of sinister outside forces and has even acquired a shiny new Vibranium arm during his time in Wakanda. Oh, and based on recently unveiled concept art poster, he’s had a haircut…
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If he can get past the jealousy that his best pal completely overlooked him as a potential successor, then these two could make a brilliant crime-fighting duo.
Given the prominence of Captain America’s shield in the official logo, it seems likely that the series will explore the character’s legacy, and it could be that both Sam and Bucky will eye the position of Captain America.
“I think it’s time for Bucky to go out there and have an identity outside of the circumstances that we’ve met him through,” Stan said of his man out of time while attending a convention in Italy.
“So, I don’t know, he might do all kinds of things. He might even go on a date. I don’t know… I think it’s gonna be a lot of dealing with Anthony’s character.”
Could Sharon Carter become a new love interest for either superhero? And what will bring Zemo back to villainy? We’ll have to wait and see, but we do know which Marvel movie the new series will most resemble.
“What I loved about it was that, tonally, it was very much in the same world that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was, which was one of my favourite experiences that I’ve ever had,” Stan said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
He added: “It was grounded and very much in the world as we know it. But, it’s also really jam-packed with a lot of massive, massive action scenes mixed with deep focus on character.”
Co-star Anthony Mackie has said that fans can expect a series comparable to the Marvel movies, in a conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors.
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” he said. “Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’ The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.”
Who is writing the Falcon/Winter Soldier TV series?
A couple of writers have been mentioned in connection with the new show. First off, Variety reported the involvement of Malcolm Spellman, who is best known for working on hit Fox series Empire.
The second name, revealed by The Wrap, is arguably the more intriguing of the two – Derek Kolstad, co-creator of the popular John Wick franchise starring Keanu Reeves, which is prepping a fourth instalment.
Is there a trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
After months of teasing the series, Marvel finally released a first-look trailer in December, showing Falcon hesitate to take over as Captain America whilst a new set of villains alongside the Winter Soldier.
Up until this month, fans had only seen a glimpse of the upcoming Disney+ original in Marvel Studios’ Superbowl trailer for all of its upcoming Disney+ Marvel shows including WandaVision and Loki.
It featured glimpses of Sam Wilson training with Captain America’s legendary shield as well as a very quick look at Winter Soldier’s fresh trim and Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo.
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