Monday, February 8, 2021



With “WandaVision” blazing the way, it looks like the Disney+ corner of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe is shaping up to have a good start. According to the scheduling for the franchise’s Phase 4, after some alterations brought about by the COVID pandemic, the next series to premiere with be “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as Captain America’s most iconic sidekicks/partners Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. While a few teasers of the show have already been put up, it was the trailer that premiered during Super Bowl LV that offers the most information about the overall story.

Comic Book Resources would have it that the Super Bowl commercial trailer for Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” confirms that the titular MCU characters will be taking on the most human and the most formidable antagonist of the franchise; that is of course if the two of them can just stop antagonizing each other first. The preview begins with Anthony Mackie’s Sam and Sebastian Stan’s Bucky in what appears to be an anger management or counseling session. The counselor asks Bucky why Sam aggravates him. Cue scenes.

We see the Winter Soldier put off by Falcon’s attitude during a mission involving a deployment from a cargo plane. Sam jumps out in his flying rig while Bucky…stays put. Then we cut to (seemingly) the main baddie, Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), having escaped from imprisonment in “Captain America: Civil War” to continue his vendetta against costumed heroes. He now wears his comic-book-accurate purple facemask, and leads an anarchist group called the Flag-Smashers, of which one member is portrayed by Erin Kellyman. While the two main characters ponder Steve Rogers’ post-Endgame “retirement,” the government has introduced a replacement/successor, John Walker (Wyatt Russell), wearing a Cap-like costume, carrying a shield, but is more militaristic in tone.

While Sam and Bucky investigate Zemo’s and Walker’s activities, they cross paths with former SHIELD agent (and Cap observer) Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), niece of the original Agent Carter. Together they take on the Flag-Smashers before something critical breaks, and it is depicted in awesome action scenes and physical fight sequences. Where this will lead, one will have to watch “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” to find out. It premieres March 19 on Disney+.

Image courtesy of USA Today


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