Here's everything we know about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show, which is the first of five Marvel TV shows coming to Disney+. The Falcon & Winter Soldier series will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4, which runs through 2021 and includes five feature films in addition to the Marvel TV series.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series was first reported in October 2018 and confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 during Marvel's presentation in Hall H. The series focuses on the continuing adventures Steve Rogers' closest friends and allies, Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier. It will pick up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where Sam and Bucky were resurrected after they were lost in Thanos' snap, proceeding to help other Avengers take down Thanos and his army. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have six hour-long episodes and, as far as we know, run for only one season.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be the first time in the MCU that Sam and Bucky have teamed up, on their own, to take on a big bad. What can we expect from their forthcoming TV series? Here's what we know so far.
Anthony Mackie And Sebastian Stan Return
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively, for this six-episode series. Their involvement was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Mackie has been a part of the MCU since 2014 when he made his first appearance as Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And after fighting alongside Captain America in that film against HYDRA, he continued to support Steve Rogers in his future endeavors, despite the fact that sometimes it put him on opposite ends of the law. Since Winter Soldier, Sam joined Steve in Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and then again in Avengers: Endgame.
Stan, meanwhile, has been a part of the MCU for nearly 10 years, first appearing in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger as Steve Rogers' childhood friend Bucky Barnes. Of course, he was lost in that film and was later reactivated as the Winter Soldier in The Winter Soldier. Steve worked to break Bucky of his brainwashing and force him to remember his past and their shared history. It wasn't until Civil War when Bucky was able to truly break free of his brainwashing and become an ally to Steve and the team. From there on out, Bucky, as the Winter Soldier, was an ally to the Avengers - in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. And now, both of these characters are ready for the next step in their superhero careers.
Who Is The Falcon And The Winter Soldier's Showrunner?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creative team is led by showrunner Malcolm Spellman. Spellman will serve as the showrunner and writer on all six hour-long episodes. Although he has no pre-existing ties to the MCU, Spellman's past credits include several winners, making him an excellent choice to take on both roles in this Marvel TV series. Previously, Spellman served as a producer and writer on the Fox series Empire. He also wrote the 2010 comedy Our Family Wedding, starring America Ferrera and Forest Whitaker.
In addition to Spellman, Kari Skogland will direct all six episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Her previous credits include directing episodes of Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Fear the Walking Dead, House of Cards, The Americans, and The Walking Dead. Skogland was confirmed as the series director back in May, officially making her one of the few female directors Marvel Studios has hired to tackle an MCU title. However, her hiring is part of what seems to be a conscientious push to diversify the MCU directors roster in Phase 4. In addition to Skogland, Cate Shortland was hired to direct Black Widow and Chloe Zhao will direct Eternals.
Baron Zemo Is Back
Baron Helmut Zemo is back for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Zemo (Daniel Brühl) "hacked" into Marvel's San Diego Comic-Con 2019 presentation to say hello to studio head Kevin Feige, series stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and the entirety of Hall H. Looking directly into the camera, Zemo ominously remarked, "I simply wanted to say hello to some old friends. Gentlemen, I’ll be seeing you very soon." Zemo ended his message by previewing his comics-accurate purple mask, a first for the MCU version of the character.
Zemo is a villain in Marvel comics. The son of a Nazi scientist, Zemo has always been focused on tearing apart the Avengers and killing them. In the MCU, Zemo's backstory was changed slightly, turning him into a survivor of the Battle of Sokovia but having lost his entire family. Bent on revenge, Zemo was a driving force in Captain America: Civil War. He engineered a series of catastrophic events, including the bombing of a United Nations conference which killed T'Challa's father, while making Bucky the scapegoat. Zemo's plan worked in turning Iron Man and Captain America into enemies in Civil War as Cap staunchly defended and protected his oldest friend. Zemo tried to take his own life after seeing his plan succeed but Black Panther prevented this, bringing him to the C.I.A. instead. When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier opens, Zemo will still be in prison. From the sound of his SDCC 2019 message, though, he won't be there much longer.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Story Details
Story details for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier mainly focus on Sam and Bucky taking on the newly-returned Baron Zemo, who will no doubt pose a major threat. Like other Marvel TV series for Disney+, the series will likely be set after Avengers: Endgame in 2023. Sam and Bucky will likely have to deal with returning back to their lives after being lost in the snap in Avengers: Infinity War and subsequently resurrected five years later.
Sam has moved on from his Falcon identity and taken up the Captain America mantle after he was gifted Steve's shield in Endgame. This may be a source of conflict, per screenwriter Marc Bernardin's (Castle Rock) recent comments on a July Fatman Beyond episode. During his conversation with host Kevin Smith, he claimed the U.S. government doesn't want Sam to become the next Captain America and that will be a big storyline in the show. It's unclear who Bernardin's source is but this feels like a natural source of conflict regardless.
As for Bucky, he was put on the path of becoming the White Wolf in Infinity War, meaning he will finally put his Winter Soldier past behind him. It's been a minute since Bucky becoming the White Wolf has been addressed, so there's a chance it might not come to fruition. What remains true, however, is the fact that Bucky's Winter Soldier days are behind him.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Release Date
It was confirmed during Marvel's presentation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier would release in fall 2020. No specific month or date was given. However, it will most likely be sometime before the premiere of Eternals on November 6. This will be the first of the five Marvel TV shows to arrive on Disney+. After The Falcon and the Winter Soldier comes WandaVision in early spring 2021, Loki in late spring 2021, What If...? in summer 2021, and Hawkeye in fall 2021.
Does The Falcon and the Winter Solider easily connect to other MCU Phase 4 titles based on its release date? Unlike the release dates of WandaVision and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which are close together because their stories are linked, it's unlikely The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have ties to Eternals. However, Black Widow could offer some connections to the former despite the fact it releases on May 7, 2020. These three characters - Black Widow, Falcon, and Winter Soldier - all have similar styles as superheroes, have fought on the same team, and have arcs which have directly overlapped. This might allow for ties to be made between Black Widow and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Trailer
There's no trailer yet for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. That said, fans won't have to wait long to see it since it's the first of the five Marvel TV shows coming to Disney+. Sebastian Stan confirmed filming would begin in October, just one month before Disney+ launches in November. This means enough of the show (if not all of it) will have been shot by the time summer rolls around, and footage will be ready to cobble into a trailer. With the series set to premiere in late 2020, fans could see a trailer released as early as spring 2020, but most likely in the summer.