Heavy is the head that wields the shield. In the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, a new Captain America will stand tall, and it will happen in the new live-action Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and streaming on Disney+.
In the new series, two of Captain America's most trusted allies — one from his younger days in 1940s Brooklyn, the other from his early days as an Avenger — reluctantly team up to combat Baron Zemo, who split the Avengers apart in the 2016 movie Captain America: Civil War. How Baron Zemo escaped imprisonment and what he wants remains unclear, but all anyone knows is that the only ones who can stop him are Cap's buddies... who can't stand each other.
Originally slated to premiere August 2020 as the first Marvel series on Disney+, European production on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was delayed in March in observance of early Covid-19 protocols. Eventually, the shutdowns caused Marvel to reshuffle its schedule to release the trippy series WandaVision first and Falcon and the Winter Soldier second.
Here’s everything we know about the new Marvel Disney+ series, including its release date, cast, plot, and more. Bookmark this page and check back often as we'll update when more information is made available.
When is the release date of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere March 19 on Disney+.
The series is scheduled to premiere approximately two weeks after the final episode of WandaVision in early March.
How many episodes will the Disney+ series have?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will contain six episodes, each approximately an hour long.
What is the plot and story of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, set after 2019's Avengers: Endgame, is about two Marvel superheroes, namesakes Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) as they team up on a globe-trotting thriller to take down an old enemy, Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl).
At the end of Endgame, an aged Steve Rogers gifted his friend Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the Falcon, the shield of Captain America. But the U.S. government does not appear to recognize Sam as the new Captain America, and instead creates a new hero, U.S. Agent, to take Cap's place. Much of the series will detail Sam's rise as the new, and true, Captain America.
Here is the official (and rather vague) plot synopsis from Marvel Studios:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.
Who is starring in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
The cast of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier include several returning Marvel franchise veterans, as well as a few newcomers. The cast of the series is below:
- Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon, a close friend and ally of Captain America who was made an Avenger in 2015's Avengers: Age of Ultron. After 2016's Captain America: Civil War, the Falcon stuck by Captain America as Cap went rogue, where they resurfaced in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. Falcon vanished in "The Blip" but returned at the end of Avengers: Endgame, along with an army to help Captain America defeat Thanos.
- Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, another close friend of Steve Rogers who was brainwashed by Hydra after his supposed death in World War II. In 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky returned as a foe of Captain America until he broke free of Hydra's control. In 2016's Captain America: Civil War, Bucky was accidentally at the center of the rift that split the Avengers apart. In that film's post-credits scene, he was revealed to be under custody of Wakanda, where he was fully rehabilitated and fought with the Avengers in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
- Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo. Retooled from the comics, Baron Zemo was a Sokovian colonel who lost his family to the Avengers' collateral damage in Avengers: Age of Ultron. In Captain America: Civil War, Zemo succeeded in his revenge by tearing the Avengers apart. Now freed from imprisonment, Zemo takes up a new mission.
- Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, the niece of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder Peggy Carter. She first appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as an undercover agent monitoring Steve Rogers. She developed a (rather problematic, however minor) romantic relationship with Steve.
- Wyatt Russell as John Walker/U.S. Agent, a government-sanctioned replacement for Captain America.
- Erin Kellyman (Solo: A Star Wars Story) in an unknown role. Fans believe Kellyman may be playing Sin, the daughter of Red Skull, as she leads a group of anti-America rebels known as "Flag-Smashers."
Other cast members of the show include former UFC champion Georges St-Pierre reprising his role of Batroc from Captain America: The Winter Soldier; and actors Desmond Chiam, Carl Lumbly, Elijah Richardson, Miki Ishikawa, and Noah Mills all occupying unknown roles.
Is there a trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Yes, there is! During Super Bowl LV, an official, full trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiered online. You can watch it in the embed below.
In December 2020, during Disney's Investor Day presentation, a "first look" trailer gave MCU fans their first real glimpse at The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
In January 2020, Marvel Studios released a "Big Game" spot for three shows — The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki — back when all three were scheduled to premiere in late 2020/early 2021 until the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the schedule.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will begin streaming March 19 on Disney+.