Sebastian Stan Says ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Will Reward Long-Time MCU Fans

The casts of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision are hard at work filming their series, which will be the first Marvel Studios TV shows on Disney+ when they debut this fall. While the plot of WandaVision remains a bit murky, the objective of Falcon and the Winter Soldier is clearer: What’s life like before and after Captain America?

The show will explore what life will be like for Sam and Bucky after the departure of the original Captain America, Steve Rogers. But the show will also examine how, or maybe even if Sam really wants to be the new Captain America. 

Sebastian Stan on the red carpet
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Will the next Captain America please step up?

At the end of Avengers: Endgame, an aging Steve Rogers handed over his iconic shield to Sam/The Falcon. Many fans had figured Bucky/The Winter Soldier would be the more likely candidate given Bucky was his childhood friend.

Redeemed though Bucky was, however, the writers thought maybe giving the PTSD-stricken pal a new weapon might not be the wisest move.

A humbled and moved Sam promised to do his best. No matter how much Sam meant “On your left,” however, taking on such a monumental role will not be easy no matter how humbled and moved you are. Making matters more complicated is supposedly the idea that the government isn’t too keen on Sam as the new Cap either. 

Screen Rant notes that the story in the series appears to be adapted from a comic’s story where Steve was contending with John Walker, another super-soldier. In the comics, Walker corrupted the role of Captain America, and Steve sought to reclaim it. The MCU show seems to be adapting  that story, only with Sam taking Steve’s old part. 

What does Sebastian Stan say about the show?

Bucky Barnes figured in the show’s first official image, with Stan posting a picture of his character walking across a puddle of water towards shafts of light. Toby Hemingway amusingly responded on Instagram, “Around the puddle not through it; talked about this a million times.”

Stan, as quoted in comicbook.com, said of the show:

“I mean, it will be totally in line with everything that has happened and what we’ve seen and so on, but these characters are getting such additional mileage in terms of learning about who they are now, what they feel, what they’re thinking, and there’s a lot of action, comedy, you know there’s going to be comedy. I feel like you’re going to be happy. I think you’re going to be very happy. And there’s some crazy stuff, like stuff you don’t see coming from anywhere.”

That makes it sound like there will be fan service aplenty. Unlike some other big franchises, though, the MCU typically doesn’t let fan service dominate the story so much that it’s actually distracting. Now it just remains to be seen which MCU series with “crazy stuff” will actually come out first. 

Which will come first, ‘Falcon’ or ‘WandaVision?’

Previously, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had been set to be the only MCU show coming out in 2020. Now, Marvel has shuffled the release order, with WandaVision also set to debut in late 2020. The only thing is, we don’t know for sure which show will appear first now. 

It would make sense that The Falcon and the Soldier would still be first, since it sounds like that’s the more typical Marvel show that would better set the tone for all the shows going forward. WandaVision, conceived by Kevin Feige himself, is a bigger gamble, with its mix of sitcom and superhero tropes.

WandaVision is supposed to set the stage for the May 2021 movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.  Given that, it’s more likely to be the second Marvel show out of the gate. 

Whatever the order turns out to be, Marvel is packing an auspicious one-two punch for the fall of 2020.