The next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins on Friday on Disney+, promising for fans a must-see action-adventure serial.
When last we saw Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, at the end of Avengers: Endgame (2019), an ancient Steve Rogers – having lived a long and happy life with his true love, S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Peggy Carter, and looking remarkably like the then-future US president Joe Biden – had passed on Captain America’s shield to the Falcon.
If that last sentence means nothing to you but you’re nonetheless still interested in watching the next chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – which debuts on Friday on the Disney+ streaming service – then you’ll need an introduction, and you’ve come to the right place.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Marvel Studios’ second television show for Disney +. It was meant to be their first, until something disrupted their plans. Not quite The Blip, so much as The Other Thing, but into that particular Covidy breach phased WandaVision, a smash-hit six-hour, nine-episode love-letter to American sitcoms which somehow managed to also be the latest blockbuster chapter in the MCU, and at the same time a heartfelt and deeply moving meditation on grief.
You wouldn’t normally expect to find yourself crying at the adventures of a wandering-accented Eastern-European witch and her British-accented robot husband, but Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are simply astonishing and – to be honest – these days most of us are probably close enough to tears at the best of times anyway.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam “Falcon” Wilson and Sebastian Stan as James Buchanan “Bucky/Winter Soldier” Barnes, and both were introduced as supporting characters in the Captain America movies.