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

The superhero team-up is headed to Disney+ soon.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has now migrated to Disney+ after WandaVision trapped us all in Westview's classic sitcom universe. But that series is only 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, to have a little more of the movies' butt-kicking superhero flavor. 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. After taking up the Cap mantle, sorta, following the close of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson teams up with Bucky Barnes to combat anti-patriotism terrorist group the Flag-Smashers. Behind it all, possibly, is Captain America: Civil War villain Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), a Sokovian terrorist who nearly manipulated the Avengers into destroying each other. (Comic fans will be thrilled to learn that Zemo will be wearing his iconic purple mask in this.) Also joining the party are Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Peggy Carter's niece, who has apparently been on the run from the government since Civil War, and John F. Walker (Wyatt Russell of Everybody Wants Some! and Lodge 49), a franchise newbie and jingoistic successor to Captain America created by the government. Sounds sus! 

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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.

The show will also get more into the heads of these guys, who have otherwise been secondary characters in other heroes' movies. "There's an odd-couple kind of back-and-forth there," Sebastian Stan explained to EW. "Like, 'I don't really like you, but I might need you.'" Bucky will also have plenty of Steve Rogers-esque twenty-first century confusion: "There's comedic parts: How does he deal with technology? Is this guy ordering Postmates at home?"

That humor goes hand-in-hand with the show's espionage-filled setting: "We didn't lose that feeling of security and espionage," Anthony Mackie said. "It still feels like you're in a Philip K. Dick novel [or] a Tom Clancy movie. But at the same time, it's Sebastian and I, and we're idiots, so you get more of us being ourselves."

Showrunner Malcolm Spellman teased a huge "make or break" moment for Sam Wilson, but wouldn't say exactly what would go down. We have the sneaking suspicion it involves someone becoming the new Captain America.

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. Also like WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is meant to be a self-contained miniseries that will probably lead into one of the next movies in Phase Four—extremely mini, in this case, as it only has six episodes total.

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