‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Off to a Bumpy Start: Why MCU Fans May Wish to Lower Their Expectations Surrounding the Disney+ Series

Falcon and the Winter Soldier — with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky respectively — is one of the most highly-anticipated original series coming to Disney+. Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set to premiere in the fall of 2020, making it one of the first small-screen Marvel installments to grace fans.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier stars Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie
‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ stars Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie | Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

The Disney+ series will occur after the events of Endgame. The two characters will work to continue Rogers’ legacy, as they fight various threats and remain loyal to one another in Rogers’ absence. Now that Rogers has relinquished the shield to Falcon, Falcon will don a red, white, and blue suit, as he, never strives to replace, but seeks to emulate the man who has passed the mantle. 

Emily VanCamp will return to the Marvel universe as Sharon Carter, and Daniel Bruh will reprise his role as Helmut Zemo in the Disney+ series. The show will also introduce John Walker — a US agent whose approach to crime-fighting is, let’s just say, not as righteous as Captain America’s. It sounds like an intense, action-packed thriller with strong character dynamics and an intricate script, correct? Well, hopefully, but inside reports indicate that the show may have gotten off to a bumpy start. 

The initial script for ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ was a “complete disaster” 

According to We Got This Covered, Cosmic Book News Reporter Matt McGloin was able to get a few words from people connected to Marvel Studios during Comic-Con, and his discoveries weren’t all too peachy. 

We Got This Covered reported that, according to McGloin’s insiders, penning a screenplay around the aforementioned characters and possible plotlines hasn’t proved easy. We Got This covered quoted the outlet, saying the initial script for the series was a “complete disaster,” and noted that Marvel was reaching panic mode by the time several of the ideas were pitched. 

Marvel is working to pull the strings together. Hopefully, by the time the show reaches fans, all the details will come together, and one of the first shows out the gate will be a success. 

While it’s not unorthodox for a series or movie to go through several rounds of revision before solidification, remember what happened with Dark Phoenix? While Marvel has proved itself over the years — with arguably more cinematic triumphs than the DCEU and Sony’s superhero spectacles combined — hearing that the show was a “complete disaster” at any point isn’t exactly reassuring. 

How can one completely scrap a script, start over, and create a glorius show…all while under a time crunch to start filming for a 2020 premiere date? Hopefully, Marvel will, once again, show its fanbase that the studio always has a plan, and always manages to come out on top. However, as of now, you may wish to lower your expectations.