Marvel’s Newest Show: ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Keeping up with the latest Marvel series can be hard. That’s why we’ve prepared a handy guide to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

The new series will premiere just after WandaVision and will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Disney+ exclusive.

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s plot

What is the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will take place shortly after the events of Marvel‘s Avengers: Endgame. The show will continue the ‘Winter Soldier series‘ and adopt a similar tone and storyline to Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War.

The Disney+ exclusive follows The Winter Soldier / Bucky Barnes as he teams up with Falcon / Sam Wilson in a global adventure. Falcon and the Winter Soldier had an enjoyable love-hate relationship in Captain America: Civil War, and the trailers seem to keep that playful vibe going.

Who is the villain in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Notably, the tv series will feature the return of Baron Zemo as the major antagonist. Zemo was the main foe in Civil War, so both Sam and Bucky are certainly acquainted with him. Zemo’s plan isn’t apparent yet, but he seems set on completing his work from Civil War and eliminating superpowered individuals as vengeance for the death of his family. Zemo also now dons his comic book accurate purple mask.

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However, Bucky and Sam will also go up against an anti-patriotism group known as the Flag Smashers. Furthermore, they have to contend with John Walker, otherwise known as the US Agent. This military man is a Government created replacement for Steve Rogers that will surely make life hard for Sam and Bucky.

What characters are a part of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

However, the pair will also be aided by former SHIELD agent and Winter Soldier star Sharon Carter / Agent 13, making her Disney+ debut.

It is thought that the series will focus heavily on Sam Wilson’s journey to accepting the mantle of Captain America. As you might recall, long after Sam and Steve Rogers finished battling Zemo, the hero bestowed the title upon his friend after returning from the past during the events of Avengers: Endgame. This is a big deal for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it marks the first time that a Black Captain America has ever been seen on screen.

The cast includes several Marvel Studios alumni as well as new additions such as Noah Mills. However, the biggest addition is Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), otherwise known as the Flag Smasher, or rather, the leader of the Flag Smashers. 

Obviously, this series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will likely feature more than a handful of references to other properties, including past Avengers movies, Captain Marvel and perhaps even the new young Avenger: Miss Marvel.

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Meet the cast of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier 

Which Marvel characters will return in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Many memorable Marvel Cinematic Universe alumni will return in the new series.

The Disney+ series will also add another Marvel Cinematic Universe veteran to the cast. James Rhodes / War Machine has been confirmed to appear alongside Bucky and Sam. Don Cheadle has taken part in filming the limited series, and his appearance is sure to make every Marvel comic fan squeal with excitement. This one caught Marvel fans off guard and was a major surprise, even to those who understand the psychology of fandom. However, James Rhodes’ appearance makes sense as the Government will likely play a major role in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Additionally, Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Agent 13 / Sharon Carter. VanCamp was a major cast member in both The Winter Soldier and Civil War, but it’s been about five years since we’ve seen her. She reappears as a fugitive on the run, living in the city of Madripoor, a fictional island off of Singapore. 

Baron Zemo will also play a major role in the series, though so far he doesn’t appear to be the primary antagonist. Furthermore, we were surprised to see the appearance of the Dora Milaje from Wakanda! Hopefully, this opens up the potential for more returning characters from Black Panther such as Shuri (Letitia Wright).

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Who does Sebastian Stan play in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Sebastian Stan will once again play Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier. Stan famously portrayed the character in the first Captain America movie to turn up in the sequel as the villainous Winter Soldier.

He finally returned to his senses and became Bucky again in Captain America: Civil War. Stan was then part of the ensemble cast of both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.

Who does Anthony Mackie play in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Of course, the other lead character is Sam Wilson, who Anthony Mackie will once again play. The series marks the first time Mackie and Stan are both the lead cast members instead of the supporting cast.

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But what good are heroes without a good villain? Daniel Brühl will reprise his role as Baron Zemo. Many Marvel fans figured that after he finished filming Civil War, that’d be the last we’d see of Brühl. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a bit of a history with killing off its villains or otherwise forgetting about them, and it seemed this was the case with Zemo. Fortunately, that isn’t the case, as Baron Zemo is back as the show’s main antagonist.

However, Zemo will also be joined by some new faces. Wyatt Russell will join his father Kurt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as John Walker / US Agent. (Kurt played Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2). Additionally, newcomer Erin Kellyman will portray Karli Morgenthau, a member of the evil flag smashers.

Other confirmed cast members without specified roles include Noah Mills, Desmond Chiam, and Miki Ishikawa. Many of these announcements were revealed at the Falcon and the Winter Soldier panel at the D23 event hosted by Kevin Feige.

When will the series release?

What day is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming out?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is part of a major new focus for Marvel. The series was originally set to be the first Marvel Studios series to be released on Disney+.

It was originally due to launch in August 2020 but had to be put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. Since then, Marvel fans have been eagerly awaiting any news on when the series will premiere. The Superbowl trailer only got fans more hyped for more Falcon and Winter Soldier action.

Which streaming service will have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

We now know that the series will premiere on March 19, 2021. As mentioned, it’s a Disney+ exclusive, so without an active Disney+ subscription, you won’t be able to watch it! Netflix and Amazon Prime users will not be able to stream the series.

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The series will follow another Marvel tv show: Marvel‘s WandaVision. That series was originally meant to air after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but Marvel and Disney decided to swap them around. We’re pleased that we’ll be able to finish one Marvel series and then crack straight on with the next one!

Where can you watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Interestingly, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was one of many Disney+ exclusives to be produced by Marvel. Disney has announced a whole bunch of series that Marvel fans are hyped for. These include Armor Wars, Hawkeye, and She-Hulk.

As for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, this series takes us back to a familiar corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Baron Helmut Zemo and returning actors like Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. It makes sense that the series was meant to premiere first as it follows on from Marvel Studios’ biggest project: Avengers Endgame.

That film ends with the cliffhanger of Sam Wilson accepting the shield, hinting that he will become the new Captain America in the Disney+ series. In fact, it’s thought that season two might even feature a name change to “Captain America and the Winter Soldier“, but that remains to be seen. We’ll be sure to update our guide to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier should the series be renamed.

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What is the show’s connection to the MCU?

Where does The Falcon and the Winter Soldier take place in the MCU?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, putting it last in the timeline at present. It is reasonable to assume that it takes place at around the same time as another Marvel tv series, WandaVision. However, this is yet to be confirmed.

What order should you watch the MCU tv shows in?

At present, it seems logical that WandaVision takes place before The Falcon and the Winter Soldier due to their release schedule. However, this may change when the series premieres. We’ll be updating our guide to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as we learn more about the series’s episodic structure.

Of course, the series maintains a heck of a lot of continuity with the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though characters from the Civil War like Hawkeye won’t be appearing, Baron Zemo will. The character was last seen in prison, though now it seems Zemo is back and looking for revenge.

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Additionally, the series will pick up on the moment in Endgame where Steve Rogers hands Sam Captain America‘s shield. This is sure to play a huge part in the way the series unfolds, as it’s thought that a major plot point will involve Sam learning to accept himself as the new Captain America.

Which parts of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier contradict the MCU?

Rumors have also suggested that Robert Downey Jr may make a surprise appearance as Iron Man during the series. Of course, the character was killed in Avengers: Endgame, but that’s never stopped a comic book character before. Iron Man famously locked horns with both Captain America and Sebastian Stan‘s Bucky Barnes during the events of Captain America: Civil War. If he truly is coming back, he and Bucky have some making up to do.

As with all Marvel projects, you can expect a range of references to other media. Don’t be surprised if the series name drops an Avenger like Hawkeye or refers to the events of other tv shows like WandaVision. It might even make subtle references to theme park rides at Avengers Campus.

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Episode guide for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Take a look at our episode guide to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Episode one: “New World Order”. This episode reintroduces Sam Wilson, revealing that he’s struggling with personal issues in a post-Endgame world. It also confirms that the Avengers are not paid for their service! Bucky Barnes also reappears, as he struggles with coming to terms with his crimes as The Winter Soldier, in therapy. We also meet the Flag Smashers for the first time, a group who want to return society to the way it was during the Blip. The episode ends with the reveal of John Walker as the new Captain America.

Episode two: “The Star-Spangled Man”. Episode two introduces us formally to John Walker, an Afghanistan veteran with a decent track record. Sam and Bucky team up to investigate the Flag Smashers and clash with Walker and his colleague and friend Lemar Hoskins, otherwise known as Battlestar. The Flag Smashers are revealed to be super soldiers as they beat the bejeezus out of Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and the new Captain America. Barnes also introduces Sam to Isaiah Bradley, a Black super soldier who was imprisoned for thirty years after the Government sought to cover up the programme. The episode ends with the pair deciding they need the help of an old foe: Baron Zemo.

Episode three: “Power Broker”. In the third episode, we visit a new MCU location: Madripoor. Here, the gang team up with Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Sharon Carter, niece of Peggy. However, before they can, Bucky and Sam break Zemo out of prison by starting a prison riot. The gang find out that the Flag Smashers hired a former HYDRA scientist to recreate the perfect super soldier serum, improving of Erskine’s formula. He’s soon unceremoniously killed off by Zemo and the episode ends with the return of Black Panther‘s Dora Milaje.

Episode four: “The Whole World is Watching”. The fourth episode begins with Ayo of the Dora Milaje giving Bucky eight hours before they come for Zemo (as repentance for his murder of king T’Chaka). The gang chase Flag Smashers leader Karli Morganthau to her adoptive mother’s funeral and Sam attempts to reason with her. Everything goes to hell as John Walker intervenes and attempts to rescue her and the Dora Milaje come for Zemo. Walker is shell-shocked to be defeated by three warriors who aren’t even super soldiers. Zemo destroys all but one of the super soldier serum vials as Karli escapes. Walker finds the last vial and takes it off-screen. After his partner Lemar Hoskins (Battlestar) is seemingly killed by a Flag Smasher he erupts into a rage and brutally murders the man using Cap’s shield, as hundreds of onlookers film him.

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When will The Falcon and the Winter Soldier start?

March 19, 2021. We know that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will consist of six episodes that are between 40 and 50 minutes long. Unlike Netflix, which prides itself on its binge culture, Disney+ prefers to release its series a week at a time.

As this has been the format for WandaVision and The Mandalorian, it is reasonable to assume that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also be released weekly.

Sam and Bucky‘s global adventure is the second series from Marvel Studios and the first to be overseen by head writer Malcolm Spellman. We can assume that the first episode will see Bucky and Sam re-introduced to Zemo, an iconic Marvel Cinematic Universe character.

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As the series is only six episodes long, we can expect more action and plot developments than we saw in WandaVision, which spanned nine episodes. Stan has compared the series to a “buddy movie“, so we can expect a healthy dose of comedy in there too.

The production has been filmed predominately at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. However, as the series takes Sam and Bucky across the world, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan have also filmed in The Czech Republic.

What should you watch before watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

It would’t hurt to brush up on the past two Captain America films as well as the post-credits scene of Black Panther. Rewatching the past two Avengers movies makes sense too!

Additionally, it has been confirmed that Henry Jackman will score the series. Jackman previously provided the music for both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. His score was widely praised when the films were released, so we’re excited to see what new melodies he brings to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier!

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Where can you find recaps of each episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?

Presumably, as with WandaVision, each episode will start with a recap. However, follow Inside the Magic for recaps, news, theories, and breakdowns of each episode of the series as we’ll be following it closely. This guide to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is just the beginning of our coverage!

We can’t wait to get out TV guide on and break down each episode as they are released. The hype for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is real and we are excited to dive into the second Marvel Cinematic Universe series!

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