John Wick creator Derek Kolstad has joined the upcoming Disney+ limited series The Falcon and Winter Soldier as part of the writing team. While there's not much in the way of concrete information surrounding the show's plot, odds are that it will center on Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), or Falcon, becoming the next Captain America after being given the shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame. How Bucky Barnes' (Sebastian Stan) The Winter Soldier fits into that is unclear, but there's rumors that Captain America: Civil War's villain Zemo will make an appearance,
Falcon and Winter Soldier will air on Disney+ and currently set to debut in August 2020. It is only one of several Marvel Cinematic Universe-set shows that Disney has planned for the network, including the Scarlet Witch/Vision-centered show Wandavision. While they will all be part of the MCU, it's unclear how they will shape the future of the universe after the end of Phase 3 with Spider-Man: Far From Home. Regardless, the launching of Disney+ is a big event for the company and all of its properties and allows so many more small scale stories set within the comic world to be successfully told.
According to TheWrap, Kolstad has joined the writing team of Falcon and Winter Soldier, teaming up with Malcom Spellman who is already attached to the project in a writing role. It's unclear at this point whether Kolstad and Spellman will tackle their own individual episodes and if other writers will eventually be brought in or if the duo are the only writers involved.
Bringing Kolstad on board is probably a smart move for Disney, as the writer is well known as the original creator of Keanu Reeves' enduringly popular John Wick character. Kolstad has written or co-written the scripts for all three films in the franchise thus far, which has been praised for its vibrant and suspenseful action scenes. Perhaps Disney hopes to inject that same level of action into Falcon and Winter Soldier, giving it more of a big movie feel like its MCU theatrical counterparts. It's unclear what the company's motivation is, but Kolstad's involvement can likely only be interpreted as a smart move.
However it turns out, Falcon and Winter Soldier's development is moving along nicely and Marvel and Disney's focus of making Disney+ a home for smaller, more intimate limited series to help develop under-utilized characters in the MCU is a good move. If they can pull it off, it should definitely help Phase 4 and beyond evolve the franchise to sustain itself for even more years to come.