MCU Fans Will Recognize the Main Villain in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

There are few things more exciting than a new MCU movie, so when Marvel announced that there were five new shows coming to Disney+, fans everywhere were cheering. The first of these new shows, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is going to showcase two characters who are finally getting their shot at being in the spotlight.

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are reprising their roles and finally get to be the lead. While we will miss Chris Evans, it does give Marvel the chance to expand on other character arcs.

So what’s in store for Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes? Screen Rant has all the answers you’ve been dying to know.

The story

Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, stars in 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' pose at D23 Expo.
Sebastian Stan & Anthony Mackie | The Walt Disney Company/Image Group LA via Getty Images) SEBASTIAN STAN, ANTHONY MACKIE

Marvel is notorious for keeping things under wrap, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is no exception. This is the age of the internet, however, so we do have a few ideas of what’s going down.

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, both Sam and Bucky were part of the group that was disintegrated. That means that five years have passed, and there will be a lot of catching up to do. 

Hopefully it will be less dramatic than Peter Parker’s return. Since both Bucky and Sam have already graduated from high school, the odds are in their favor.

This is the MCU, however, so it’s not about to be a bed of roses for our heroes.

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers gave Sam his shield, essentially declaring Sam as the next Captain America. While fans may have been cheering – as Sam is clearly the perfect choice – the government was not so pleased. 

It’s possible that a character from the comics, US Agent, will be the government’s chosen Captain America. US Agent will be played by Wyatt Russell.

In the meantime, Bucky Barnes will most likely shed the mantle of the Winter Soldier and become the White Wolf. It’s been hinted ever since Infinity War, so seeing him finally move on will be exciting.

As for the villain, it appears that the man who single handedly tore apart the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War will be making a huge comeback. That’s right, Baron Zemo will once again wreak havoc on the world. 

When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was announced at Comic-Con 2019, Baron Zemo’s actor – Daniel Brühl – warned Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan that he would be seeing them soon. According to Screen Rant, Zemo said, “I simply wanted to say hello to some old friends. Gentlemen, I’ll be seeing you very soon.”

The timeline of the show

With so many new movies coming out, we don’t know exactly how all the pieces fit together, but The Falcon and the Winter Soldier occurs in Phase 4 of the MCU. This means that it happens after Endgame, so characters like Iron Man and Captain America will not be returning. 

The shows that will be released soon after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier include WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye. Marvel usually ties all of its movies together, but we don’t know how the shows are connected yet or what it means for the MCU as a whole.

It’s been rumored that the film Black Widow may be closely connected with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but we’ll have to wait for more details.

Returning characters

Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are obviously returning as well as Baron Zemo, but there are a few other characters that we know of. 

Sharon Carter, who was almost a love interest to Steve Rogers, is going to appear in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Since she is the niece of Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers’ return to the past shouldn’t affect Sharon.

According to Deadline, Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa will be joining the cast, but there are no details about what characters they will play or how it will impact the story line.

Release date

While we don’t have an exact date yet, Den of Geek reports that it will be released to Disney Plus in Fall 2020. We feel your frustration that it’s not coming sooner, but we’ll keep you updated on any new details as they’re released.