How ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Can Help Set Up ‘Black Widow’

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is now playing on Disney+. The new series is Marvel’s second to premiere on the streaming platform. According to head writer Malcolm Spellman, it will set up at least three new projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Could one of those projects be the upcoming Black Widow film starring Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh?

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ | Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

Kevin Feige says Marvel has plans for the characters after ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

The new Disney+ series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/the Winter Soldier. It will feature six episodes during season 1 as the main characters navigate life post-Endgame.

They also have to figure out what to do about the shield that Steve Rogers’ Captain America (Chris Evans) left behind.  But the story of Falcon and the Winter Soldier might not end there. There’s a possibility there will be a season 2.

“We have a future charted for characters post-Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but I don’t want to say much more than that,” Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently said, according to ComicBook.com.

Could the new Disney+ series possibly set up ‘Black Widow’?

Ahead of the premiere of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Spellman told Entertainment Weekly that he could “think of three” future MCU projects that the series could set up. However, he made it clear that he was “not allowed to talk about” it.

This statement, however, has sparked a number of Marvel fan theories about what or who exactly the show could be setting the stage for. By far, the most popular theory is that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be setting up Black Widow.

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That film — which takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War — hits theaters on May 7.

Marvel has kept the premieres of ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ and ‘Black Widow’ close together

One of the biggest reasons for the speculation that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier could be setting up Black Widow is because of their respective premiere dates.

As fans know, the pandemic forced the studio to delay the premiere of both projects multiple times. But, each time they delayed the premieres of phase 4, these two projects always stayed in close proximity to each other.

There’s also the fact that the new Disney+ series seems to have a lot to do with the Super Soldier Serum that transformed Steve Rogers into Captain America. As well as Bucky Barnes into the Winter Soldier. This could relate in some way to Black Widow and Russia’s super-spy and super-soldier programs.

Anthony Mackie is excited to see what happens next

It’s not clear just yet if The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is somehow connected to Black Widow. But Mackie told The Toronto Sun that one of the best things about acting in a Marvel project is not knowing what happens next.

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“All of these shows and all of these movies are kind of like, ‘To Be Continued …’ By the end of our show, I’m interested to see what’s next,” Mackie explained. “When our script is over and our show is over, we’re just as excited as you are to see what happens next. That’s the beauty of Marvel and the appreciation you have for being an actor in a Marvel movie.”

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ star has requested a specific storyline ‘several times’

Mackie went on to say that every cliffhanger in the MCU is a “cliffhanger for everybody” except for Kevin Feige. The actor says that he’s always asking the Marvel studio boss one specific question. And he’s asked him repeatedly.

“But the question I always ask is: Do I fall in love with the Black Widow? When does that storyline come in? Because I’ve requested that several times,” Mackie revealed.

The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently airing on Disney+. New episodes are added every Friday.