The Falcon and the Winter Soldier begins streaming on the 19th March and if the fantastic WandaVision taught us anything, it was to be prepared! WandaVision was set only mere weeks after the events of Avengers: Endgame and had major connections to other MCU films too. We don’t yet know whereabouts The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will sit in the MCU timeline, but I’d hazard a guess that it won’t take place too far after the events of Endgame.
What to watch in preparation
Whilst watching all 23 MCU films and 1 television series may be a bit difficult to fit in before The Falcon and the Winter Soldier releases next week, I’ve picked out the films which are vital watching to get yourself back up to speed:
Captain America: The First Avenger – The character that links both Falcon and the Winter Soldier is obviously Captain America. In Captain America’s origin story, we first see Captain America’s shield and also learn a lot about the backstory of Bucky Barnes, or as he is also known, The Winter Soldier.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Arguably one of the best Marvel films of all time, Captain America: The Winter Solider introduces Falcon into the Avengers fray as well as contributing hugely to the development of The Winter Soldier character.
Captain America: Civil War – Possibly the most important film to watch before watching The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Civil War explores The Winter Soldiers’ past and for the first time, pairs The Falcon and The Winter Soldier together. Civil War also introduces villain Helmut Zemo, who is set to reprise his role in the upcoming series.
Avengers: Infinity War – Whilst Falcon and The Winter Soldier only feature briefly in Infinity War, the events that occur at the end of the film are of crucial importance for the upcoming series.
Avengers: Endgame – Similarly to Infinity War, both Falcon and The Winter Soldier only have small roles, but the end scene, where Captain America passes his shield to Falcon, is effectively what sets up this upcoming series.
What you need to know
The series is set to consist of six episodes, releasing weekly from 19th March, all of which around 40-50 minutes in length. Like the recent series WandaVision, the budget for each episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is reported to be around a staggering $25 million.
At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, both Falcon and The Winter Soldier are ‘snapped’ out of existence, so when the ‘reverse snap’ brings everyone back, both characters have essentially been missing for 5 years. In a recent promotional clip with Xbox, Sam Wilson (Falcon) says that in the last 5 years, he’s missed his nephews growing up, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we got an insight into his personal life in the series.
At the end of Avengers: Endgame, just before Steve Rodgers (Captain America) goes back in time to live in the past to live with Peggy Carter, he passes his shield to Sam Wilson, encouraging him to take up the Captain America mantle. In the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the series follows Sam’s actions after receiving the shield and him not wanting to become the ‘new Captain America’. Likewise, the series is set to follow Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) and him adapting to life without Steve Rodgers.
Daniel Brühl is set to reprise his role as Helmut Zemo from Captain America: Civil War, the villain responsible for brainwashing The Winter Soldier. It later emerged that it was in fact Zemo who was responsible for orchestrating the bombing in Vienna too, killing Black Panther’s father. I’m excited to see the character of Helmut Zemo return, given his spiky past with The Winter Soldier. Zemo actually attempted suicide at the end of Civil War, but was stopped and arrested, so it will be interesting to see where his mind is at in the upcoming series.
Emily VanCamp is also set to reprise her role as Sharon Carter, whom we last saw in Civil War. Like Zemo, it will be interesting to see what her character has been up to and whether she survived the snap or not. Another character reprising their role is former UFC fighter Georges St-Pierre as the character, Georges Batroc whom we last saw fighting Captain America at the beginning of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Don Cheadle who portrays War Machine will also appear in the series.
If The Falcon and The Winter Soldier can follow the quality of WandaVision, we are certainly going to be in for a treat! I’m looking forward to seeing the return of past characters and learning how they’ve dealt with the events of the past few years in the MCU.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier begins streaming on Disney+ from 19th March.