Marvel’s Falcon and Winter Soldier: Everything we know about the Disney+ series

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Loki and Scarlet Witch won’t be the only characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make the leap from the big screen to the Disney+ streaming service. Avengers teammates Falcon and Winter Soldier are also getting their own show.

Marvel franchise actors Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise the roles of Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively, for a live-action series set within the MCU. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is expected to premiere in summer 2020 on Disney+. Here’s everything we know so far.

Production paused

According to a Deadline report, production in the Czech Republic has temporarily paused because the country’s government has placed restrictions on travel, events, and closed schools due to coronavirus concerns. The cast and crew returned to Atlanta after Disney halted production on March 10 and there is no word whether or not they plan to return to Prague to finish shooting. The release date, as yet, has not been changed.

August release

During an earnings call with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger said that Marvel’s first Disney+ series, Falcon & the Winter Soldier, will be released in August 2020. He did not give a specific release date. Iger also reiterated that Falcon & the Winter Soldier, as with other Marvel releases on Disney+, will tie into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Super Bowl spot

Disney teased several upcoming shows for its Disney+ streaming platform, including Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, and WandaVision, in a 30-second spot during Super Bowl LIV on February 2. Beginning with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon pulling Captain America’s famous shield — bequeathed to him in Avengers: Endgame — from a tree after apparently doing some target practice, Falcon declares, “It’s time.” From there, we get a look at Falcon in pursuit of some bad guys in flight suits and quick-cut looks at the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), as well as villain Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) returning to villainy after the events of Captain America: Civil War.

The new look

A poster for the series that debuted during Disney’s D23 Expo offered the first look at Falcon’s new, Captain America-inspired suit, as well as how Winter Soldier will appear in the show.

Falcon’s new look clearly has a bit more red, white, and blue in it than previous iterations of his costume, while Winter Soldier appears to have received a haircut since his last appearance in Avengers: Endgame.

The stars

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles (as Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively) in what is expected to be a bit of an odd-couple adventure for the two characters.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will unfold in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and Steve Rogers’ decision to turn over his shield — and with it, the mantle of Captain America — to Falcon. The show will explore what it’s like for the two characters to continue doing what they do in a world without the original Captain America.

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Joining Mackie and Stan in the cast will be more familiar faces, with Emily VanCamp and Daniel Brühl both set to reprise their roles as Sharon Carter and Baron Helmut Zemo, respectively. In addition, Disney announced at the D23 Expo that Falcon and The Winter Soldier will introduce John Walker, aka US Agent, a Captain America-esque supersoldier whose hardline approach to fighting crime makes him much more dangerous than Steve Rogers. In the series, John Walker will be played by Rupert Wyatt.

The premiere date and logo

During Marvel’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July, the studio revealed its Phase 4 plans for the MCU, which included the expected premiere date for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

The studio currently has the series scheduled to debut on Disney+ in fall 2020, sandwiched between the theatrical premiere of Black Widow in May and The Eternals in November.

The official logo for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was also revealed during the panel.

The villain

After making his surprise debut in Captain America: Civil War, Brühl will return as Baron Helmut Zemo in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

While Brühl’s performance in Civil War was praised (if somewhat overshadowed by the larger Hydra conspiracy plot), many Marvel Comics fans noted that the film didn’t feature anything resembling Baron Zemo’s traditional look from his comic-book history. That doesn’t appear to be an issue with the series, though, as Brühl posted a pair of photos of himself in July wearing an outfit and mask similar to the one worn by his comics counterpart.

Behind the camera

In October 2018, Marvel announced its first behind-the-camera hire for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, with Empire writer Malcolm Spellman attached to pen the script for the series. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will also take a more active role in the series than he typically does in Marvel’s television projects, serving as a producer on the show.

Kari Skogland, who directed episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Walking Dead, was confirmed to direct all six episodes of the show’s debut season.

The legacy

Both Falcon and Winter Soldier made their debuts in installments of the Captain America solo series for Marvel Studios, with Stan appearing first as Steve Rogers’ childhood friend James “Bucky” Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger and later as Winter Soldier in the aptly titled Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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A former soldier during World War II, Barnes was captured by the evil Hydra organization, brainwashed, given a powerful cybernetic arm to replace the one he lost in the war, and trained as an assassin. He was kept in cryogenic storage between missions for Hydra, which explains how he remained young over the years, and after a confrontation in the modern era with his former friend Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Winter Soldier regained his memories and helped Captain America and the Avengers in subsequent films.

As for Mackie and his MCU character, Falcon also made his debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A former Air Force airman, Sam Wilson assisted Steve Rogers in tracking down Winter Soldier through the use of a powerful suit that gave him wings and other high-tech tools. He later fought alongside Captain America in Captain America: Civil War and subsequent adventures with the Avengers.

Updated on March 11, 2020: Noted that production had paused in Prague.

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