'Falcon and Winter Soldier': Release Date and More for the New Dynamic Duo

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in 'Captain America: Civil War'

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe marches onward into Phase 4, fans can expect that world to expand in new ways. One of the most exciting developments is through the soon-to-be-launched Disney+ streaming platform, which will debut The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in August 2020. The upcoming series is one of four Marvel shows coming to the platform, in addition to Loki, WandaVision, and Hawkeye.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will see Captain America’s best buds, Sam Wilson (aka, Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (aka, Winter Soldier) resuming their lives after returning back to their own timeline in Avengers: Endgame and defeating Thanos alongside their fellow Avengers. With Bucky the old man and Sam the young one, there may also be some levity and real Odd Couple energy to this series.

Here’s every detail we know about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, coming soon to Disney+.

Light spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.

Anthony Mackie in 'Ant-Man'
The Falcon reports some suspicious activity at the Avengers compound.

When Is The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Release Date?

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will arrive on Disney+ in August 2020. We’ll keep you posted when a specific release date is confirmed.

Is There a Trailer For The Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

There is no trailer for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier yet. However, Disney+ currently has plans to launch on November 11, 2019. With The Falcon and The Winter Soldier as one of its premiere original series, there’s a strong chance that a teaser or a full-length trailer will be released sometime around the launch date to increase hype for the show.

How Many Episodes Will The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Season 1 Have?

When The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was [first announced](series was first announced back in October 2018, we learned it would be a limited series. Limited series episode orders can vary, frequently landing somewhere between 6 and 10 episodes depending on episode runtimes. Because we don’t know the episode runtimes nor is there a standard set by Disney+ yet to allow for an educated guess, we’ll have to wait for more information about this aspect of the series.

Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in 'Captain America: Civil War'
The Winter Soldier and Cap fight on the same side in 'Captain America: Civil War'

Who’s in the Cast of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, respectively. Their involvement was confirmed when the series was first announced.

In May 2019, Deadline reported that Captain America: Civil War’s Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp were in talks to reprise their roles, too. This would be the first time we’ve seen them since Civil War in the MCU.

In Civil War, Bruhl played Zemo, a Sokovian citizen affected by the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron who turns towards terrorism as a means of revenge against the Avengers. Zemo is the one who activates The Winter Soldier and frames him for the bombing which killed King T’Chaka of Wakanda. Zemo’s return in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will likely not go over well for The Winter Soldier, who no doubt has a vendetta against him.

First appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier before re-appearing in Civil War, VanCamp played a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent revealed to be Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter’s great-niece who followed in her relative’s footsteps. She has mostly provided intel and backup to Captain America and other Avengers during her time onscreen as well as serving as a possible love interest for Steve Rogers. Fingers crossed Sharon gets a little more character development and action in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

What Is the Plot of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

As with most MCU projects still in the early stages of production, we don’t know too much in the way of a specific plot.

We do know that The Falcon will be using Captain America’s shield, given to him by Steve Rogers at the end of Endgame, which tells us the series will take place after the events of that film.

Stan teased in a May 2019 interview with Comicbook that Bucky would, just like his pal Steve, discover he’s a man out of time and try his darndest to learn how to live in the modern world.

“I think it’s time for Bucky to go out there and have an identity outside of the circumstances that we’ve met him through. So, I don’t know, he might do all kinds of things. He might even go on a date. I don’t know. Scary world out there, you know? Apps, things like that. I don’t know what he’s gonna do. I can’t see him on an iPhone…I think it’s gonna be a lot of dealing with Anthony’s character and Anthony himself which is always another character.”

What Do We Know About The Falcon and The Winter Soldier From Previous MCU Phases?

We first met Sam Wilson in Captain America: The Winter Solider. An Air Force vet, Sam befriended Steve Rogers in Winter Solider after the pair met on their morning jogs in Washington D.C. Steve’s speed caught Sam’s attention, leading to casual conversation and eventually, a friendship that allowed Steve to bring Sam in as a friend and ally in his mission to help subdue “The Winter Soldier,” his best friend Bucky Barnes.

Sam’s Falcon persona originated with Sam retrieving a pair of military-grade wings that were the focus of a trial he’d been a part of during his time in the Air Force. Those wings served as the foundation for the rest of his Falcon suit, which we saw evolve into protective armor, goggles, gauntlets, a chest plate, and other gear that made it easy to move, fly, and fight during battle. Sam mostly served as back-up to Captain America in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. He made a brief appearance at the Battle of Wakanda during Avengers: Infinity War before getting dusted during Thanos’ snap.

Bucky Barnes (aka, The Winter Soldier) is much older and more skilled than he looks. Well over 100 years old by the time we meet him in The Falcon and The Soldier, Bucky was a World War II veteran eventually separated from best friend Steve Rogers, captured by HYDRA, and experimented on by HYDRA scientists after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Bucky was transformed into The Winter Soldier, given a cybernetic arm to replace the one he’d lost during the war and given other superhuman abilities that would extend his life and allow him to work as a HYDRA assassin. Captain America eventually learned of The Winter Soldier and successfully brought him back to the good guys’ side after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Bucky fought alongside Steve during Civil War, losing his cybernetic arm after battling Iron Man, seeking asylum in Wakanda to heal, and going into cryosleep to remove any Winter Soldier programming. Bucky was awoken and allowed to recuperate in Wakanda, which we saw at the end of Black Panther, before joining the fight in Infinity War and eventually getting dusted.

The end of Endgame shows Sam and Bucky returned safely back to their own timeline after the Avengers reverse the Snap. The pair wait for Steve to return from the Quantum Realm since he was tasked with putting the Infinity Stones back into their original locations in the timeline. Instead, they discover Steve chose to stay in the 1940s and live out his life with Peggy Carter. As an old man, Steve sees Sam and Bucky again, explaining his choice and giving Sam his shield.

Still from 'Captain America: Civil War'
Falcon and Winter Soldier's first time fighting side-by-side

Where Can I Watch The Falcon and The Winter Soldier?

You will be able to watch The Falcon and The Winter Soldier when it arrives on the Disney+ streaming platform. The service will launch at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.


Check back soon for all the latest updates on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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