When does The Falcon and the Winter Soldier start?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to arrive on Disney+ in March 2021, though we don't yet have a specific date for the debut.
That's a serious delay from what was originally intended to be an August 2020 premiere, but of course we have Covid-19 to blame for that.
The series will consist of six episodes, and Anthony Mackie described the show as "a six or eight-hour movie" in an interview with Variety. Considering that it cost $150 million to make, its no wonder.
Disney Plus Originals typically roll out on a weekly basis, something we suspect will be the same for this show.
Check out the trailers and posters
We have just one full trailer for the show so far, but it's a doozy, especially the final aerial action sequence:
How to watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be exclusive to Disney+, so you’ll need to sign up for an account with the streaming service if you want to watch it.
The service costs £5.99/$6.99 a month or £59.99/$69.99 a year, undercutting other streaming rivals by quite a bit. Take a look at everything you need to know about Disney Plus for more information.
By the time The Falcon and the Winter Soldier launches, most countries should have access to Disney+. If you're not so lucky and your country doesn't have access yet, you can take a look at our guide to how to watch Disney+ from abroad.
What do we know about the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Spoilers for past films in the MCU, including Avengers: Endgame from here on out.
As of yet, not a whole lot unfortunately. TSam and Bucky will be dealing with the aftermath of the absence of Cap now that he’s loving life in retirement; especially considering that the shield was passed on to Sam Wilson.
This is actually a plot from one of the comics, in which Falcon takes up the mantle of Cap, wearing his own red, white and blue getup, combining the all-American shield and his mechanical wings into a new style of superhero.
Writer Marc Bernadin claimed in a podcast that the show may explore the government's disapproval of Wilson becoming the new Captain America, which would make sense considering their aversion to superheroes in previous films. We imagine that the show will also plant the seeds for Falcon to act as Cap in the big future MCU team-up movies - AKA, the untitled fifth Avengers film.
This theory is further supported by the fact that MCU insider Charles Murphy seems to believe that series will get a name change if its renewed for a second season. Perhaps 'Captain America and The White Wolf'?.
Concept art for the show has also revealed that the government will have plans to replace Captain America with their own equivalent: John Walker/US Agent (Wyatt Russell). We won't spoil his role from the comics, but we have a feeling that he's bad news.
As for Bucky? Well, as we’re seeing the return of Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo, we can’t help but wonder if Bucky will be dragged back into his PTSD phase of The Winter Soldier using the mind techniques that were brought to fruition in Civil War. Or perhaps we’ll see Bucky actually acclimatising to the world a little bit. After all, he’s spent the majority of his time on the run and in hiding on Wakanda.
However, Cinema Blend has since reported that Zemo has been seen filming with both of the protagonists, and wonders whether the former villain will change his ways to create a truce and unite against John Walker.
Another character confirmed for the series is Sharon Carter (Emily Van Camp), who will likely be the point of contact in S.H.I.E.L.D that Barnes and Wilson report to for their missions. Hopefully these antics will make us all forget about the vaguely incestuous plot line between her and Steve Rogers... *shudders*.
Carl Lumbly - best known for his role on Supergirl - will also be joining the fold according to Deadline. We don't yet know who he'll be, but rumours circulating indicate he could possibly be an older version of Isaiah Bradley - a character from the short comic series Truth: Red, White, & Black, in which African Americans are used as test subjects for a Super Soldier serum by the government.
Other actors confirmed to star in the series include Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills and Danny Ramirez. We don't know yet what their roles will be - but no doubt more plot points will emerge over the coming months.
According to writer Derek Kolstad, there will be some familiar faces from the universe, with "characters from the earliest Marvel movies...coming back". We don't know who this could be - but its nice to see how this show is tying into very early MCU lore.