FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER - Everything We Know So Far About The Disney+ TV Series

FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER - Everything We Know So Far About The Disney+ TV Series

FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER - Everything We Know So Far About The Disney+ TV Series

Falcon & the Winter Soldier is taking shape on Disney+, and we've now rounded up everything you need to know about the series which will be set firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check it out...

Avengers: Endgame set the stage for a very different Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward, and as we move into Phase 4, that will include stories playing out on the small screen thanks to the upcoming Disney+ streaming service. Unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil, these shows will be set firmly in the MCU with Kevin Feige keeping a close eye on how things play out. 

One show that is quickly coming together is Falcon & The Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. In our first feature looking at each of the Marvel adventures coming to Disney+, we're delving into everything we know so far about the series.

With a creative team set and the cast quickly coming together, it appears as if The Falcon's transformation into Captain America will play out on the small screen and that's bound to have some major ramifications moving forward.

So, to check out these details about Falcon & The Winter Soldier (soon to be renamed Captain America & The Winter Soldier?), simply hit the "View List" button!

It's Set After The Events Of Avengers: Endgame


There's been some speculation that Marvel's Disney+ TV shows would all be set before the events of Infinity War, but despite Falcon & The Winter Soldier's supporting cast (more on them later), it's said that this show will pick up with the characters following their appearance in Avengers: Endgame.

This obviously makes a lot of sense, especially when Sam and Bucky were left in such an interesting place after the revelation that Steve Rogers chose to stay in the past with Peggy Carter.

The Falcon Wields The Shield


As you might expect, Sam accepting the shield from Captain America will indeed figure into the series and while we don't know whether he'll actually don a new suit and take on this persona, you'd best believe Marvel will be laying the groundwork. 

Showing Sam struggling to deal with filling the void Steve left over the course of this TV show makes much more sense than him just being Captain America the next time we see him, but, if nothing else, here's hoping we get to see what his new costume looks like!

It Will Run For Six Episodes


Each of Marvel's Netflix TV shows have now been cancelled and while there are a number of reasons for that, one of the biggest is the fact that they were simply too long. In theory, thirteen episodes was a good idea but there was a noticeable decline in the latter half of each season because the story was too stretched out, and a second, not particularly good subplot was often introduced. 

Well, Marvel Studios isn't making that same mistake with Falcon & Winter Soldier because it's been confirmed that it will run for a total of six episodes. 

We don't know whether they'll be 40 minutes each or somewhere in the 50 - 60 minute range, but that sounds like a perfect amount of time to delve into this adventure while also giving the characters a little more time to breathe on Disney's new streaming service. 

An Unexpected Choice Of Director


As of right now, every Marvel movie coming out in 2020 will be helmed by a woman, and that's also going to be the case for this series on Disney+. In order to maintain a level of consistency, Kari Skogland has been chosen to take the helm of all six episodes and Malcolm Spellman (Empire) was hired as a writer  (presumably of the entire series) earlier this year. 

Skogland's credits make for interesting reading, as she's worked on everything from Boardwalk Empire to The Walking Dead, The Americans, House of Cards, and The Punisher. She's directed episodes of The Handmaid's Tale and worked with Russell Crowe and Naomi Watts on Showtime's The Loudest Voice, which airs this June. So, yeah, Marvel Studios has chosen wisely!

Some Familiar Faces Return


Perhaps the most exciting announcement regarding this series is the fact that Daniel Bruhl will be reprising his role as Zemo from Captain America: Civil War. He'll be joined by Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter, and that pretty much confirms that this series will be set firmly in Cap's corner of the MCU.

Zemo was behind bars the last time we saw him and you have to believe that Sharon will have some thoughts on everything that's happened with Steve Rogers, especially as they were beginning to embark on something of a romantic relationship. Plus, will she now think of him as her uncle after Avengers: Endgame's writers claimed that Cap is the father of Peggy's children in this timeline?

Either way, this should be great fun, and Zemo definitely deserves another chance to shine. 

It Will Debut August 2020


Marvel Studios still hasn't revealed its official slate of movies for 2020 but a number of reliable outlets have reported that Falcon & The Winter Soldier will be with us in August. That more than makes up for the fact that we're only getting two big screen MCU adventures next year (believed to be Black Widow and The Eternals), and there's a good chance that at least one more show is going to end up hitting Disney+. 

What hasn't been revealed - and this is the case for pretty much all the shows hitting the streaming service - is whether all six episodes will be released in one go or whether we'll have to tune in weekly for a new instalment. Either option sounds good! 

So, that's what we know so far, but we also have some pretty big questions about what's to come...

Is Chris Evans Set To Appear?


This is a very big question, and one the show will have to address. Is old man Steve Rogers now in a retirement home or will he have died off screen at some point? Personally, I find it hard to imagine that Chris Evans will be donning the old man makeup for Falcon & The Winter Soldier, but we can probably expect to get some answers about what his role - or lack thereof - will be in the MCU from here.

Where Will The Story Take Us?


While Deadline claims that the show will deal with the fallout of Avengers: Endgame and The Falcon's transformation into Captain America, Marvel Studios is otherwise keeping things under wraps.

That's no great surprise, but common sense says that plot threads from Captain America: Civil War will be addressed, while we'll probably learn more about how the C.I.A. views superheroes after the Snap and possibly end of the Sokovia Accords. Seeing as Kevin Feige has said these shows tie into the movies, don't be surprised if we also learn what comes next for the "New" (?) Avengers. 

For some huge details about the MCU's future from
Avengers: Endgame's writers, continue reading below!


We Almost Got A Third Version Of Thor

In the movie, Captain America ends up coming face to face with the 2012 version of himself and they proceed to trade blows in what proves to be an evenly matched battle. Asked if it was always going to be Steve Rogers who runs his older self, Markus reveals that we almost got to see Thor's reaction to learning that he eventually winds up in a very dark place. 
"We may have at one time had Dark World Thor catch sight of Endgame Thor and go, you know, "What the hell happened?" But it got too complex and it distracted from things," he says before McFeely jumps in by pointing out "That would have been a third version of Thor in this movie, you know?"

The End For Captain America And Iron Man

Avengers: Endgame concludes with Iron Man dying after making the ultimate sacrifice to stop Thanos, and Captain America growing old in the past with his one true love, Peggy Carter. Was it always the plan for their respective stories to wrap up like that, though? According to McFeely, yes. 
"We're very excited by this. If you look back at the MCU, that Steve and Tony have been on different paths towards becoming the fullest versions of themselves. And Steve's arc is about trying to find some personal life, you know? Like he's been a man for others for so long, when does he get to be a man for himself? And how is that not selfish? How is that just earned?
"And Tony goes from sort of self-interested playboy to a man for others. A man willing to lay his life down. And so they sort of cross in the middle in Civil War, and the natural end of those arcs seemed to be Tony laying down his life, you know, flying over the wire as it were, and Steve going and getting a life. So where we hit upon it was in order to become their best selves, Steve had to find a life, and Tony had to lose his."


Iron Man Vs. Heimdall

Before deciding to take Earth's Mightiest Heroes back to the events of The Avengers, it seems that the events of Thor: The Dark World were going to receive the majority of screentime in Endgame. While that may sound disappointing on the surface, it would have actually led to a pretty epic sounding battle between Iron Man and Heimdall! 

"Yeah, our first draft was a version where Tony and Thor go to Asgard, because I like the idea of Tony going, like, in theory going to Asgard and seeing science versus magic, and stuff like that," McFeely explains. "And then he fought Heimdall, who could of course see him even though Tony had an invisible stealth suit on or something.

"So at the end of Dark World you might remember that Volstagg and Sif go to the Collector and pass off the Reality Stone because they don't want to keep two stones in one place. So that was one attempt at it, and I think Joe Russo read it and he goes, "Why aren't we going to Avengers? It's only the most exciting movie." And so we went yep, let's do that."


The Scientific Explanation For Endgame's Time-Travel

The time-travel elements of Avengers: Endgame are still being debated, and more than likely will be for years to come. What a lot of people seem to be forgetting is that it's a superhero movie and overthinking it just seems like a waste of, well, time.

For what it's worth, though, the writers did consult some experts and have now provided a very interesting (and possibly confusing) take on how this mechanic works in the MCU. Here's what McFeely says about the method they chose to use for Endgame:
"We brought in a couple of physicists who, to a man, said, "I'm glad you brought me in, because I've always wanted to talk to people from Hollywood to say that you know I love Back to the Future as much as the next person, but we don't think that's how it would work." Which was also helpful for us because as you can imagine, every time we went back to one of ... you know we have six different time heists in three or four different periods ... if every time you went back you created a new Biff's Casino, for want of a better term, right? Another crack in the version of your timeline? We would never get out of the second act
"So for us the strongest thing we could do, and the most helpful thing we could do, is to operate under some kind of branch reality, so that the things that have already happened ... which is what ... again, it's time travel which is humanly impossible, but a number of physicists had told us it's much more likely we would operate in a branch reality than a singular timeline. So that's the floor for the time travel conversation."


A Conflicting Captain America Theory

The Russo Brothers were recently quoted as saying that Steve Rogers lived his life out in an alternate past before returning to the original timeline to pass the shield and mantle of Captain America on to Sam Wilson. Markus, however, doesn't seem to agree with the "alternate reality" theory as he dubs it.

"That is our theory," he says when asked if there were two Captain Americas in existence for a time. "We are not experts on time travel, but the Ancient One specifically states that when you take an Infinity Stone out of a timeline it creates a new timeline. So Steve going back and just being there would not create a new timeline. So I reject the "Steve is in an alternate reality" theory."
"I do believe that there is simply a period in world history from about '48 to now where there are two Steve Rogers," he continues, further confusing matters. "And anyway, for a large chunk of that one of them is frozen in ice. So it's not like they'd be running into each other."

The Dead Remain Dead

Bruce Banner points out that he tried and failed to bring Natasha back when he used the Infinity Gauntlet, but is there a chance that the second Snap resurrected the likes of Black Widow and Loki?

"No, I mean we only brought back the people who were effectively disintegrated by the Snap at the end of Infinity War," Markus confirms. "Anybody who died over the course of the movie through neck-snapping or stabbing or being thrown off a cliff or having a Mind Stone torn out of their head stayed dead." That means The Vision is still gone, so who knows how he returns on Disney+!

Black Widow's Sacrifice

In Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow fights Hawkeye for the chance to be the one to sacrifice herself in exchange for the Soul Stone as she believes her life has been building up to this point. 

However, with a solo movie set to be released for the character next year and Hawkeye's habit of dying in the comic books, did McFeely every consider having Clint be the one to perish?
"Well, you know the rules of the Soul Stone. So, of our group, I guess you could make an argument you could send Smart Hulk and Natasha. But we've always felt that the platonic love between Natasha and Clint is pretty evergreen. And when they get to that moment and he now has so much red in his ledger... we liked this idea that she was the last one on the wall, right? That she had found her purpose and her family in Avengers and could not give that up, and would not, much like Steve Rogers ... or I should say like an older Steve Rogers. This Steve Rogers is despairing in a way, right? Maybe we should stop, but she won't.

"So we've always thought that the most perfect conclusion to her arc would be to die for her new family, or to sacrifice greatly for her new family. We toyed with not doing that, and we had another version, and several women on the crew said, "Don't you dare take that choice away from her. The heroic thing is for Natasha to do it, not for Hawkeye to do it." And so we listened to that. Yeah."


Jane Foster's Return

We know that some camera trickery was involved with Natalie Portman's return as Jane Foster, as old footage from The Dark World was used along with a new line of dialogue she recorded but was she always set to play a role here? Apparently so, according to McFeely. 

"It was very hard to find a way to not do that, seeing as one of the Infinity Stones is inside her for primarily the only time we've ever seen it. It's literally inside her arm, so there weren't too many variations that didn't have Natalie Portman in them," he reveals.

"There were longer ones, but they ... you know you wound up before Thor and his mother was so rich and so on point in terms of what he needed to learn that in already a three-hour movie we couldn't really have a long scene between, say, Rocket and Jane, because, again, it's drifting off of the character stories that we wanted to tell."

Why Howard Stark Made An Appearance

In a very unexpected twist, Captain America and Iron Man travel back to 1970 and the latter encounters his father just weeks before he's set to be born. It makes for an emotional moment in the film, and McFeely reveals that they always wanted to return to this period as a way of wrapping up the issues Tony had with Howard (which they also touched on in Captain America: Civil War). 

"We knew that we wanted a sort of no-going-back hiccup to happen during at least one of the time-heist journeys. So when we knew that Henry Pym and Howard Stark had sort of a friction relationship back in the day, and Peggy Carter helped found S.H.I.E.L.D, and that there was undoubtedly a time when they were all together, if you decided that they were out of Pim Particles and had only one way to go, that was pretty delightful. And it was going to be able to hit a bunch of buttons. Remember, all the journeys sort of allow each character to deal with emotional stuff, and obviously Tony always had daddy issues."


The Falcon Is The New Captain America

As we mentioned, Avengers: Endgame wraps up with Steve Rogers handing his shield over to Sam Wilson. so does that officially mean he's the new Captain America? "As far as we know, yeah," McFeely states before his writing parter interjects with, "Certainly seems like it to me."

Well, that's a rather definitive answer and one that should shake up that planned Disney+ TV series...

How The MCU Is Forever Changed

After hinting that Spider-Man: Far From Home will have to find a way to deal with the five-year time-jump by explaining that many of Peter Parker's classmates have now grown up, McFeely went on to make it clear that the MCU is a very different - and potentially damaged world - moving forward.

"Oh for sure, it's the Marvel Universe as far as we know is five years ahead of where it was at the end of Infinity War. Full stop. Period. Yes. It is a big swing, it's complicated, it means that half of the planet basically has either lost five years or lived through a terrible five years. Yes, that's the MCU going forward."

Will We See A New Iron Man?

Gwyneth Paltrow has strongly indicated that she's now done in the MCU so what becomes of Iron Man if Rescue won't be there to fill the void? "Ooh, well there certainly are a bunch of people with suits who are alive," Markus teases before McFeely adds: "But we don't know what they've got planned." 

So, as Markus points out, perhaps don't read too much into that appearance from Harley Keener. "Yeah, there are no Iron Teen scripts as far as I know."

Could Steve Rogers Return?

Over the past week, fans have made it clear they would love to see a movie delving into Captain America's time in the past to find out what exactly he was up to. Asked if there's a chance that could happen, Markus says, "Possibly. I think maybe all I did was Steve was a stay-at-home dad and Peggy went to work at S.H.I.E.L.D. I don't know that there were any adventures."

Is Thor A Guardian Of The Galaxy Now?

"Ask Peter Quill," Markus responds when asked the question above. As for McFeely, all he will say is "Yeah, you might have to ask James [Gunn] or Quill." He's totally a Guardian now but whether he's the leader is definitely a question that will be answered further down the line. 
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