Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
Vox magazine gives us an inside look on what to expect on Marvel’s first Disney+ show.
In episode one, we catch up with Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, who’s become a government freelancer of sorts. He’s helping the Air Force on covert missions. But he’s not doing so as the next Captain America — a bit of a surprise, since Endgame concluded with Steve Rogers passing his iconic vibranium shield to Sam. That shield and the legacy it represents weighs on Sam, and the episode sets up the questions of whether he’ll be able to balance his own sense of self-worth, overcome his self-doubt, and become the hero Rogers wanted him to be.
Meanwhile, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, is stateside and trying to work through his trauma. Someone has set him up with a therapist — an absolutely great, commonsense decision of the type we rarely see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and Bucky is trying to make amends with all the people he’s done wrong. The problem is Bucky spent a lot of time as a trained, augmented, and brainwashed HYDRA assassin who is also 100-something years old. Trying to make up for all the grief he’s caused could easily spiral out of control and include generations of people whose lives he ruined.
If you’re Bucky, at what point do you just decide to do the best you can? Can you ever stop? And will amending wrongs ever make up for all the pain you caused? The Falcon and the Winter Soldier clearly wants to explore these kinds of questions, and judging by the title, it seems both Falcon and the Winter Soldier will find some kind of peace in each other, despite their respective struggles.
The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer. Streaming exclusively on Disney+.
NETWORK: Disney+, DIRECTOR: Kari Skogland, HEAD WRITER: Malcolm Spellman, CAST: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp and Wyatt Russell, RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2021