Disney+ to release The Falcon and the Winter Soldier



Poster for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Oliver Klipsch, Writer

Following the popular release of Marvel’s WandaVision on Disney+, a new series is about to come out: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The first episode of the show is set to be released on Friday, March 19, on Disney+. In this six-episode series, new episodes will premiere weekly on Fridays. 


This show will be about two popular characters within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) – Sam Wilson, AKA “The Falcon” (played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes, AKA the  “Winter Soldier” (played by Sebastian Stan). The show will see the pair “team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities – and their patience,” according to Disney. 


Disney also says about the show, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier explores the relationship between MCU favorites Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes — two strong-willed individuals who don’t always see eye to eye. Thrown into an unexpected mission that may hit too close to home, the pair find themselves in a world of intriguing characters where it’s hard to differentiate the good guys from the bad.”


A trailer for the show displayed intense action scenes but also an amusing scene where the characters had a staring contest. This seems to indicate that the show will continue with Marvel’s classic formula for success – intense action with sprinklings of comedy. However, it will be different in that it is a T.V. show, so it will have more time to develop the characters. 


Anthony Mackie said, “I feel like with this series, we’ve been able to show you why Sam and Bucky are who they are and why they believe in what they believe. You get to meet and get to know them as three-dimensional characters. You get to see them as people. It’s funny because usually in a movie forum, you only have two hours to tell the beginning, middle and ending of a story. But we have six episodes to tell the entire scope of where these characters have been, how they feel about the world they’re in, and where they’re going once this series is over.”


The show will also address the topic of race. In ‘Avengers: Endgame’, an aging Captain America (played by Chris Evans) hands off his shield to Sam Wilson (the Falcon), who is Black. Mackie says about his character, “Sam considers the shield a representation of the country that we live in. There’s a lot of trepidation as far as how does a Black man represent a country that does not represent him?”


In conclusion, it looks like the show will give us an interesting storyline, good character development, comedy, and it will also explore topics such as race and patriotism. We will have to see if it reaches the same level of success as WandaVision, or if it will blaze its own path.