Everything We Know About 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' on Disney+

The superhero team up is headed to Disney+ soon.

anthony mackie, sebastian stan

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now migrated to Disney+ after the premiere of WandaVision in January 2021. But that sitcom-riffing series is only just the start of the juggernaut movie franchise's extension into television. The next major project to launch: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which looks, from what we've seen, like it could not be more different tonally. So what can we expect, and when can we expect it? Let's dig in.

When will The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiere? 

March 19, 2021. The scheduled release date had been August 2020, but the COVD-19 pandemic forced plans to change. The show was still filming some material when coronavirus halted pretty much all TV production. But it resumed in September 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, after having been halted since March, and moved to the Czech Republic in October, and was completed by the beginning of November. 

What's it about? 

Well, it's about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, duh! To clarify, it's about Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), two pals of Captain America's. At the end of Endgame, Chris Evans' Steve Rogers handed over his shield to Sam, essentially crowning him the next Cap. Based on the official trailer for the series, Bucky and Sam have to team up to fight the terrorist group known as the Flag-Smashers, but they make for an odd couple and don't always get along. Classic. Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Peggy's grand-niece, will be helping them out against the bad guys. 

Which bad guys? 

Daniel Brühl is back as Helmut Zemo, the bad guy who started all the chaos in Captain America: Civil War, by setting the explosion that killed Black Panther's father. If you'll recall, Bucky got blamed for that incident by like half the Avengers, and a bunch of infighting ensued. But, according to reports out of last year's D23, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also involve John Walker, AKA Super-Patriot or US Agent, a sort of jingoistic Cap. Wyatt Russell of Lodge 49 and 22 Jump Street will be playing him, and while he's not officially confirmed to be a villain, you just have to assume.

Who else is in the cast? 

In addition to Mackie, Stan, Brühl, Russell, and VanCamp, Georges Batroc (George St-Pierre), the cool French kickboxing Macklemore haircut guy from The Winter Soldier, will return. Don Cheadle is also making an appearance as his Avenger, War Machine AKA Rhodey, while Erin Kellyman of Solo: A Star Wars Story plays a mysterious character. WandaVision has also taught us there are probably going to be some special guest appearances. 

What else do we know about it? 

Well, it's essentially going to be like a Marvel movie, but longer and released in multiple parts, if you can imagine. In a June 2020 interview with Variety, Mackie said: "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's just double the run time of Endgame, so it's not even that much longer than your average MCU outing.

How will it connect to the other MCU TV shows? 

We're not sure yet! But WandaVision has made it clear that these stories are deeply connected to the overarching MCU narrative. 

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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.
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