The first Star Wars live action TV series, The Mandalorian, set fans’ hearts a-flutter (and Disney+ subscriptions soaring), with a movie-worthy budget and a murderer’s row of directors. Marvel will follow suit shortly with a parade of limited series, with the first batch focusing on big screen stars reprising their Avengers roles in the wake of Avengers: Endgame, with others introducing brand new characters who will alternate between small and big screen adventures.
First up is The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Malcolm Spellman (Empire) has written the series, alongside John Wick creator Derek Kolstad.
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” star Anthony Mackie said in an interview with Variety. “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.”
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is just one of many Marvel shows coming to Disney+, including Loki, WandaVision (focusing on Vision and the Scarlet Witch), Hawkeye, She Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Release Date
Disney chief Bob Iger revealed on an earnings call that Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere on Disney+ in August 2020, though it’s not clear if that will be postponed due to 2020’s ongoing pandemic and industry shutdown.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Trailer
While it’s not a full trailer on its own, we got our first look at footage from The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (as well as Loki and WandaVision) during the Super Bowl. Check it out here, and see if you can spot USAgent in there while you’re at it.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Story
What does this mean for Captain America? Well, if you saw the end of Avengers: Endgame, you know that Steve Rogers has lived on, but passed the shield to Sam Wilson, who will be the new Captain America. Bucky approved, but Sam definitely seemed to have some reservations about taking on the shield and all it represents. Don’t be surprised if this series is about the pair coming to terms with a world where Steve Rogers has to play a very different role, and with Sam coming to terms with the enormity of his responsibility.
Here’s the official synopsis courtesy of Disney:
“Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Per Deadline, Sam accepting the shield from Steve will factor into the series but the studio declined to say how so.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Cast
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan co-star here, reprising their respective roles as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.
According to a Deadline report, some other familiar MCU faces will be joining The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp will both be among the cast. If those names sound familiar it’s because they both played roles in Captain America: Civil War.
Bruhl played Helmut Zemo, a Sokovian citizen turned terrorist mastermind who, in Civil War, engineered the rift between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Emily VanCamp played Sharon Carter, SHIELD agent and grandniece of Peggy Carter. Steve Rogers has kissed both, the sick freak.
Wyatt Russell will play John Walker, better known to Marvel fans as the troubled USAgent (you can catch your first glimpse of Walker/USAgent in the early footage). This is a character who is bound to give our titular heroes a tough time. We have everything you need to know about John Walker, the USAgent right here.
Desmond Chiam (Reef Break, Now Apocalypse, The Shannara Chronicles) and Miki Ishikawa (The Terror: Infamy, NCIS: Los Angeles, 9-1-1) are joining the cast of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, reports Deadline. Details on their characters were not provided.
Noah Mills is set for an undisclosed role, reports Deadline. Mills comes into the series off a run on NBC’s short-lived 2019 crime drama, The Enemy Within, having previously fielded a run on the network’s single-season thriller series, The Brave.