Filming has begun on Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier TV series for Disney+ thus proving that Disney is convinced that you people will buy anything.
Showrunner Malcolm Spellman, somewhat hamstrung by Disney having a total ban on images from the set, made the announcement on social media simply saying ‘Day 1’.
John Wick creator Derek Kolstad recently joined the creative team which gives us some hope. This will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Bruhl and Emily VanCamp will all return.
Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have helped explain how this show fits:
“The figure of Captain America has always been an aspirational thing about the true promise of what the idea of America could be. He doesn’t work for the government, he’s an idea, and I think Sam embodies that much more than Bucky.”
“I think there’s just more interesting stories with Sam going forward, if I’m just being mercenary about storytelling. I don’t know what they’re going to do with Buck and the Winter Soldier, but I’d like to see the Sam story. Undoubtedly, there’s a story if Bucky were to put the shield on, but you can already predict that, right? Like, some people are not going to be happy about that because of crimes in his past.”
“We talked to Malcolm Spellman. Derek Kolstad I think got brought on later to the show, so Malcolm’s the creator. We talked to him a little bit, but he’s been pretty cagey. So I don’t know actually everything he has in mind. I know they’re about to start shooting. So I guess I’m just passing the buck on that. I’m eager to see it.”
Wyatt Russell also stars in the series in the role U.S. Agent – another comics character.
The show will initially run for six episodes and is expected to debut in late 2020.
What they haven’t told us yet is how a character that is so Sidekick that it’s surprising his superhero name isn’t Sidekick will be made into a lead in Falcon. And will the Winter Soldier ever be able to be anything more than just an empty vessel staring, meaningfully into the middle distance while talking softly, without Cap around to add some context?