The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Everything We Know About The MCU's New Team Cap Show
Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are back and ready to take on a vengeful Helmut Zemo
Despite having an official release schedule and project slate, Marvel Studios’ Phase 4 is still pretty mysterious--and completely different than any of the previous MCU phases. Now we've got to juggle TV shows right alongside our blockbuster movies--TV shows like The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, the first Disney+ streaming series on the Phase 4 roster.
Though we currently have no confirmation of just where and how the events of this show will tie into the bigger picture of the MCU down the line--unlike WandaVision and its confirmed link to Doctor Strange 2--we can safely assume that the links will be there. Somehow. Some way. But the truth is, despite The Falcon & The Winter Soldier's (relatively) fast approaching launch date, we don't actually have that much information about it, especially with regard to the plot.
We've rounded up every fact we've been able to get our hands on, and we'll continue updating this list as more news comes in--after all, Fall of 2020 is practically right around the corner.
There will be new and returning faces
Some familiar heroes--and at least one familiar villain--are returning. The confirmed cast for the show looks like this:
Anthony Mackie is Sam Wilson
Sebastian Stan is Bucky Barnes
Daniel Brühl is Helmut Zemo
- Emily VanCamp is Sharon Carter
- Wyatt Russell is John Walker
It's scheduled as Disney+'s first MCU show
As the schedule currently stands, The Falcon & The Winter Soldier will be Disney+'s first MCU show, to be released in Fall 2020, after Black Widow hits theaters but likely before The Eternals. The next MCU show, WandaVision, isn't on the schedule until Spring of 2021.
Civil War's Helmut Zemo is back and looking for revenge
Details about the show's plot are still shrouded in mystery, but we do know that the conflict will be driven by the return of Captain America: Civil War antagonist Helmut Zemo, who made a surprise "appearance" during the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con via a video recorded by actor Daniel Brühl. Brühl, in character as Zemo, taunted both Sam and Bucky in grainy, stylized footage, starting off with the infamous Winter Soldier trigger words. Upon finishing the sequence, he laughed and admitted that he knows the words no longer work--a reference to Bucky's recovery in Wakanda between Civil War and Infinity War, but then moved on to say he was "looking forward" to seeing both Sam and Bucky again soon.
The footage concluded with Zemo donning his iconic purple balaclava, a staple of the Baron Zemo character in the comics, for the first time.
Sam Wilson will be Captain America soon
Sam has been given the shield and Anthony Mackie has revealed that costume fittings for a new uniform have been taking place, so the MCU is very obviously gearing up for the arrival of a new Captain America. But it may not happen in this show--given that the name is, pointedly, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The MCU doesn't have much history involving legacy names and mantle passing, with the exception of Ant-Man and The Wasp or the title Sorcerer Supreme, so there is a chance that the show might somehow set up Sam embracing his new codename fully--or, that some other surprise is in store involving the MCU's plans for the codename down the line.
Sam and Bucky don't necessarily get along
Though Sam and Bucky haven't shared much screen time with one another outside of full-on combat scenes, the few glimpses we've gotten have hinted that they don't see eye to eye--and we can expect that trend to continue in the show. Based on Mackie and Stan's comments during Marvel's Hall H presentation at Comic-Con this year, their relationship will revolve around trying to push each other's buttons, testing the waters, and trying to find some sort of common ground.
Sharon Carter is back
Confirmed at Disney's D23 Expo in Anaheim, Emily VanCamp will return to the MCU to reprise her role as Sharon Carter.
US Agent is coming
Wyatt Russell has been confirmed for the show as John Walker, AKA US Agent, during D23 Expo. Russell was brought on stage, but was unable to make any comments about his character or role in the show. In the comics, Walker has played the role of both hero and villain, starting off as the brutal Super-Patriot, created to be a dark mirror of Steve Rogers, before eventually taking over as Captain America for Steve Rogers, and finally taking the code name US Agent
Production has begun
Stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan took to Marvel's instagram on November 4th to announce that production for The Falcon & The Winter Soldier has officially started, so we can expect to see updates ramping up in the coming months as episodes are filmed.