At the end of Avengers: Endgame, an aged Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) hands his shield over to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) while Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) looks on approvingly. Which has to make people wonder why the trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier looks like a completely different person is wielding the shield and calling himself Captain America (Wyatt Russell). What happened between Endgame and now and just where are Sam and Bucky with all of this?
Stan told Deadline: “The consequences of Steve missing has thrown them into opposite corners in terms of facing their lives and their demons. They got different things they’re facing, but they’re in similar places in terms of the questions that are asked.”
Mackie talked about why Sam is hesitant to pick up the shield: “That’s why he says at the end of Endgame, it feels like someone else’s. He was a fan of Cap just like everyone else. Sam Wilson was a regular guy who just won the lottery because Black Widow knocked on his door and needed a place to hide.”
Both Sam and Bucky have their personal demons to confront. Sam lost his wingman on what seemed to be a dicey pararescue mission that Black Widow was aware of. I’m sure what happened to him during his service will be addressed. And Bucky of course was a mind-controlled assassin for almost a hundred years… that’s going to leave a mark.
The COVID-19 pandemic effects a lot of television series in various ways. According to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier executive producer Kari Skogland, the pandemic helped them focus on the story they’re trying to tell.
“From the beginning, we were making a six-hour film.” So, when the shooting was shut down, “We went straight into postproduction and continued editing. While the world was changing, we were able to sharpen our focus. When we went back, we knew what we were going through. It didn’t change anything (plotwise), it just helped us focus.
Executive producer Malcolm Spellman talked to Deadline about one of the changes in the MCU post Avengers: Endgame. “Every villain will tell you that they’re a hero. While heroes are responding to that in their personal lives.”
As for influences on the series, Skoglan said she looked to the David Leon canon and Midnight Cowboy while Spellman took inspiration from buddy cop movies like 48 Hours, Rush Hour and the Bad Boys franchise.
Normally television series are made to continue into a second season and a third. Sure, there’s the occasionally mini-series, but even some of them have gotten follow up series. Which makes it understandable that folks want to know if there is going to be a second series of shows like WandaVision, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Kevin Feige addressed that question to Deadline.
“We get asked that much more in television, because people expect it to be like what they know before; Where’s season 2? We approached it like the movies. We better make this great, because we won’t be able to do another.”
And about Falcon and the Winter Soldier specifically?
“If we’re able to do another one, there’s certainly ideas.” But he emphasized that the plan is for the series and movies to tie together, back and forth like how WandaVision leads into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Which means we should probably stop thinking about them at normal television series and more like movies on a different platform.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is scheduled to debut on March 19, 2021 on Disney+. It will consist of six episodes, releasing weekly until April 23.