Anthony Mackie is the Falcon and Sebastian Stan is the Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They were introduced as the characters at about the same time. While one was molded by the US Armed Forces, the other was molded by Hydra. Both have a troubled past but when they come together, the chemistry is pure magic. The duo has been all over the internet after Marvel announced that both the characters will be appearing in Disney+ streaming service. What can we expect from a TV Series that features these two heavyweights? We will tell you what! Presenting – 10 Things we would like to see in MCU’s Falcon-Winter Soldier TV Series!!
1. Bucky’s dark past
We know next to nothing about Bucky Barnes’ past as the shield of Hydra. Who else did he kill in the past other than Tony’s parents as a Hydra operative? We know he had something to do with the death of John F. Kennedy. But who else!! He is known far and wide as the shadow operative and assassin that did Hydra’s bidding throughout the globe.
Such a violent and bloody past like that is sure to leave a trail. And one day, it is bound to find its way back to the source. Last time Bucky’s past came to light, the Civil War happened. Let us hope the TV Series can throw something of that caliber at us yet again.
2. Falcon’s other partner
Falcon has had a decorated past as a military veteran serving in Afghanistan. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sam Wilson’s partner during his time in the armed forces was someone called Riley. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we come to know that Riley’s death was what pushed Sam to hang up his wings and let go of his military career.
But we still have no idea as to who Riley is. We are not asking Marvel to resurrect Riley back from the dead as that would be too cliché. All we want is the show to portray Riley’s death to play a pivotal role in Falcon’s life the way Uncle Ben’s death did for Spiderman.
3. Less of Wakanda, more of the other parts of the world
Currently, Winter Soldier is the White Wolf of Wakanda aka the guy in charge of Wakanda’s special operations division. Considering the fact that both Sam and Bucky have spent considerable time in Wakanda, the show might feel the need to focus only on that aspect. But there is a whole other world out there that is yet to be explored. Marvel is not just America and Wakanda.
There are other fictional countries Doctor Doom’s Latveria, mystical Transia and even the mutant nation Genosha. Or they could go for something lighter and explore more of Sokovia, the MCU birthplace of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.
4. Make it an action thriller, not an espionage thriller!!
Both work undercover and both like to remain in the shadows. That might mean that an Espionage thriller or a spy thriller might be the genre the show will be heading towards but we urge the studio to reconsider. Remember both Sam and Bucky are accomplished fighters and frankly, a spy thriller only works if there is a lot of action where Bucky could flex his bionic arm and Falcon could open up his wings for a spin.
We want the show to become an action thriller the same way they turned Captain America: The Winter Soldier into one. Jason Bourne stops being cool in a world where superpowers are a household phenomenon.
5. Introduce popular comic book heroes unknown to the moviegoers
Marvel Comics is rife with heroes that are popular amongst the readers but fail to grab attention when it comes to the casual moviegoers, which sadly are the bigger fan base of the two. There are a ton of heroes the latter are not privy to. Take for example Moon Knight, the crazy and insane vigilante that is the host to the Egyptian Moon God making him Marvel’s equivalent to DC’s Batman. There is also Savage Land’s Ka-Zar, Isaiah Bradley and the even characters like Bolivar Trask and Arnim Zola that could be reintroduced for the smaller screens.
6. Crossovers with other Disney+ TV Shows
The Scarlet Witch TV Show is going to happen side by side the Falcon-Winter Soldier show. And just like our pals at Netflix did it, we hope that there are crossovers in this one too. Considering that fact that all the shows would be based in one universe that is the MCU, we do not think that there would be that much of a hassle to bring people from one show into another for a limited crossover event. Imagine, Loki and Winter Soldier sharing the same screen space. One is dark and witty while the other is dark and sarcastic. Perfect Crossover!!!
7. Red Skull’s daughter
Both Falcon and Winter Soldier share the same bond with Captain America. Both owe their origins to The First Avenger. Captain America has had a big hand in the character development arc of both the heroes. So it is only common sense to think that both the heroes will somehow end up facing an enemy that has something to do with Captain America’s past as well.
Red Skull’s daughter aka Sin, is someone that has wreaked havoc for the Avengers in several comic book arcs and is a huge threat to the Earth’s mightiest heroes. She may be late for the MCU movie parade but it might just be possible to make her the big bad wolf of the TV show.
8. Howling Commandoes
The Howling Commandoes were a group of elite soldiers that worked under Captain America for the allied war effort in the Second World War. We did not get to see them in action for long enough but what we did see gave us a vague idea of how cool they were in The First Avenger.
The Falcon-Winter Soldier TV Show will be set in the 21st century and there is no way Dum Dum Dugan and the rest would have made it to that time since World War 2. But a few flashbacks would be enough to suffice. If they could include a subplot within the show that explored their roles in the detail, the fans would be really pleased.
9. The Maggia
The Maggia is a huge, global criminal and terrorist organization in the Marvel universe. They are led by Count Nefaria and are a force to be reckoned with. Since the show will either be an action or spy thriller, it would be logical for a criminal organization like the Maggia to grab the spotlight sometime. Considering the huge resources they have at their disposal, the Maggia would be a difficult opponent to defeat should the duo make enemies out of them in the show.
10. A glimpse of the Civil War aftermath
Civil War was a pivotal point in the MCU. It not only broke the Avengers but the entire world into two factions. People were conflicted as to what to do with the Superheroes? The ethical implications of the Civil War were enormous and they probably persist to this day. What happened after the Civil War? Has the infamous Thanos Snap at the end of Infinity War reinforced or broken down people’s perceptions of the Sokovia accords? Food for thought!!