The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Soar Onto Disney+

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Christmas came early for Marvel geeks as Disney’s Investor Day unleashed a tonne of announcements and updates, including a first look at multiple exciting up-coming MCU shows. This included the much-anticipated and long-awaited Marvel series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier which, originally, was set to premiere in August this year.

Now expected to debut March 2021 on Disney+, the new MCU show is sure to bring action, comedy, and plenty of entertainment.

Read on for everything you need to know about the new series…

Set after Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the show will see the return of Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan in his role as Bucky Barnes, otherwise known as The Winter Soldier. At the end of Endgame, Steve Rogers was seen retiring from his role as Captain America, choosing to live a simple life in an alternate reality with Peggy Carter. Consequently, he chose to pass on the legacy of the shield to Sam Wilson.

The new show picks up right after this as new footage shows Sam struggling with the enormous responsibility of the honorary title of Captain America. While the trailer includes no footage of Sam actually holding the shield, the show will explore his attempts to live up to the legacy of his former hero and the pressure to be worthy of this new emblem. I don’t know about you but if I were fighting the Falcon, equipped with both wings and an iconic shield, I’d be worried…

The trailer also guarantees a hilarious dynamic between The Falcon and his partner, Bucky Barnes, with scenes including bickering and comic quips. With excellent off-stage chemistry, Mackie and Stan bring a promisingly hilarious crime-fighting duo to the small screen. It’s also refreshing to see two side characters that fans had fallen in love with during the Infinity Saga come out front and centre, getting the screen time they deserve as they abandon the role of ‘Cap’s lackies’. Bucky, in particular, is a character with a dark past and will be interesting to see him come to terms with his identity and role as a hero now that he has been de-programmed.

Anthony Mackie will reprise his role as Falcon (left) while Sebastian Stan takes on the brooding mantle of Bucky Barnes once more (right)

Alongside these war veterans, the new footage teases the return of Daniel Bruhl as villain Hulmut Zemo, all donned out in his iconic purple mask from the comics. A Sokovian terrorist who first made his appearance in Civil War where he was seen breaking up the Avengers and causing rifts between Cap and Iron Man, this old enemy is back with new trouble. Zemo will also be joined by the Flash Smashers, with Erin Kellyman’s character out to cause chaos for the two heroes.

If one thing is for sure, the producers did not hold back with the budget for the new series as the trailer shows explosive fight scenes and an insane tracking shot as Falcon swoops through a canyon, evading explosions left, right, and centre. With six episodes in total, Mackie stated in an interview that they are

“shooting it exactly like a movie,” explaining how “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.”

That only means one thing – brilliant cinematography, explosive effects, and a day in bed binging all six episodes. The trailer offers a promising first look at an action-packed 6 episodes that will no doubt have us begging Marvel for more.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to air in March 2021, so if you don’t already have Disney+, maybe now is the time to invest…

Words by Lucy Lillystone

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