To catch you up, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Rather than being a gigantic spectacle on that scale, though, it'll see Sam and Bucky teaming up to try and live up to the legacy left behind by Captain America.
Doing so won't be straightforward, however. The returning Baron Zemo, a new anti-nationalist group known as the Flag Smashers have emerged, and a government-owned Captain America rip-off called US Agent will present new challenges for them. Thankfully, Sam and Bucky won't be alone in their attempts to put these new threats to the sword, as Sharon Carter will be on hand to provide some assistance.
You'll find everything you need to know about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier below, including its release date, official trailer, cast members, and more. Suit up and let's dive in.
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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier release date: 2021
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will launch exclusively on Disney Plus on March 19th.
It was meant to be released earlier, but WandaVision jumped the queue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With Wanda and Vision's story complete for now, it's time for Sam and Bucky to shine.
Like WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be releasing weekly. While this is still a little odd to deal with in the modern era of binge-watching, it's a perfect tactic for Disney to employ. If WandaVision has taught the company anything, it's that fan theories and speculation rule the roost where the MCU is concerned. Releasing episodes once a week, then, is a sure fire way to keep it front and center on the internet.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer: watch it here
The official trailer has been out for some time now, but it's always a good idea to take another look at it to get a feel for what you can expect over the next six weeks. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has given us serious Captain America: The Winter Soldier vibes, so expect more the espionage thriller aspect of the MCU to return here.
Despite the seriousness nature of its potential plot, we can expect plenty of funny moments from the MCU's odd couple. Hopefully, Sam and Bucky will clash to humorous effect across all six episodes and spawn a couple of memes along the way.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier story: what we know so far
As we mentioned above, the show sees Sam and Bucky dealing with the after effects of Avengers: Endgame. Sam is now in possession of Captain America's shield and Bucky is free of his Hydra mind-control experiment, but things aren't exactly looking up for the pair.
In an interview with Variety, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the show will dive into Sam's backstory and whether he feels ready to adopt the Captain American mantle. Not only that, but Feige also stated that the series will explore what it's like to be a black man in modern-day America, particularly one with greatness seemingly thrust upon him by the ageing Steve Rogers.
On Bucky's side, Sebastian Stan told Disney's D23 magazine (h/t The Direct) that Rogers' former best friend is "a mess" when the show begins. Like Cap, Bucky is a man out of time, and it'll be interesting to see how he adapts to 21st Century living and his place in the world without his buddy.
Helmut Zemo, last seen in Captain America: Civil War, is also back and ready to wage war on superheroes again. This time, he's wearing his famous purple mask from the comics, and it's likely that he'll have plenty of psychological tricks up his sleeve in a bid to try and turn Sam and Bucky against one another. Throw the Flag Smashers into the equation, and the Falcon and Winter Soldier will have their work cut out.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier cast: who are the key players?
- Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon)
- Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier)
- Daniel Brühl (Helmut Zemo)
- Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter)
- Wyatt Russell (John Walker/US Agent)
- Georges St-Pierre (Georges Batroc)
- Erin Kellyman (Karli Morgentheau)
- Adepuro Oduye (Sarah Wilson)
- Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)
- Neal Kodinsky (Rudy)
- Veronica Falcón (Mama Donnya)
Sam Wilson, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, and Daniel Brühl all reprise their respective roles from previous MCU productions. Georges St-Pierre also makes a return as Batroc the Leaper, who was last glimpsed being beaten up by Captain America in The Winter Soldier.
Newcomers include Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, Erin Kellyman as the suspected leader of the Flag Smashers, Adepuro Oduye as Sam's sister Sarah, and Neal Kodinsky and Veronica Falcón as Rudy and Mama Donnya respectively.
Finally, Don Cheadle is set to feature as James Rhodes/War Machine at some point in the show, though it's unclear when or where he will appear.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will explore Captain America's legacy
It seems like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be as much about the legacy of Captain America as it is about its titular characters. Presumably, this show will complete Sam's acceptance of the role – or see the Avenger make it his own.
Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have previously explained why they chose Sam Wilson to take over as Captain America, instead of Cap's long-time friend, Bucky Barnes.
"Ever since they met in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier], there seemed a very common bond between the two characters," Anthony told Yahoo! Entertainment. "Their military background, their humility, their sort of commitment to serving. It just seemed like that would be the person Cap would entrust."
"We [did consider Bucky]," Joe added. "But... we try to logic it out and sit in the room and talk through what makes the most sense from an arc standpoint and from a logic standpoint, and Sam made the most sense."
Finally, one thing that seems certain is that Sam and Bucky's journey will continue in an MCU movie. In a profile piece with Variety, Mackie revealed that it's "unlikely" that the show will receive a second season. If that's truly the case, we could see Falcon and the Winter Soldier get their own buddy-cop film, or become part of the next mainline Avengers team.
If this is the case, expect the show's exploration of Cap's legacy to be done and dusted in the show's six episodes.