The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will also focus on this aftermath. Steve Rogers (Captain America) passed on his legacy to Sam. Sam and Bucky have once again become an asset for the governing agency. They are directly responding to Baron Zemo’s threats. Zemo’s vision is of a world with no superheroes. He drives his hatred from the collateral damage that is caused by the superpowered individuals. Zemo’s extremism and Sam and Bucky’s status as glorified weapons can both be seen as responses to the events of the Infinity Saga, and the theme of super-people being under heightened scrutiny is a direct continuation of the storyline from WandaVision.
The show will bring to the forefront two heroes that have long had relatively minor roles in the franchise. It will also grapple with the pair’s lingering traumas and the global trauma in a post-Blip landscape. This will all be centered around the return of Captain America: Civil War villain Baron Zemo and the passing on of Captain America’s shield to Sam Wilson. The series already has lots to cover, but it sounds like Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also be doing some set-up for the MCU’s future.
Spellman tells EW that the series will tie directly into several upcoming Marvel projects. The showrunner said, “I can think of three that I’m not allowed to talk about.” Spellman and Feige also stayed mum on whether or not this meant Falcon and the Winter Soldier could be getting a second season. They have indicated that several Marvel shows are being developed with second seasons in mind, but, unsurprisingly, they declined to say which ones. It should come as no surprise that Falcon and the Winter Soldier will lead directly into other Marvel projects.
Besides the fact that this is the entire franchise’s storytelling strategy, it has already been announced that WandaVision will tie into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and other properties. It’s a safe assumption that the rest of Marvel’s series would be doing the same. Still, the exact projects Falcon and the Winter Soldier could lead into remains a mystery.
Don Cheadle is already confirmed to appear as War Machine in the series, so it’s a safe bet that Armor Wars could be hinted at in Falcon and the Winter Soldier. As for other potential projects, there’s a slew of rumors that could provide clues. Florence Pugh is rumored to appear as her Black Widow character Yelena Belova, meaning the series could tie into Black Widow and the Hawkeye series. Bucky and Sam visiting Madripoor could set up the long-awaited appearance of Mutants in the MCU, too.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is bringing back some characters. Batroc the Leaper is coming back and he might join the likes of Thaddeus Ross, Justin Hammer, Emil Blonsky (Abomination), and Ava Starr for the Thunderbolts. Another old character that we think could be back is Arnim Zola. Marvel could also pay homage to the character by turning him into a talking and walking robot. Beyond Zemo and the Flag-Smashers, Sam and Bucky will also presumably contend with John Walker (Wyatt Russell), who becomes a kind of successor to Captain America after Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) retired in Avengers: Endgame. We still do not know much of the storyline as it is kept under the wraps, with the trailers keeping John Walker mostly hidden, but not completely as there are still some nods to it, including Sam standing in front of a banner honoring Steve.
Amidst all the drama and the mystery, we can expect some purely bred action and abusive words flying here and there. So, coming to the point – Kijkwijzer — the Dutch film and television rating board — has listed the series as a “16+” property due to “violence” and “coarse language.” As u/VirinR — the Redditor who first spotted the rating — points out, it’s a rating similar to that of TV-MA in the United States. Other notable properties that have gotten slapped with a 16+ rating by Kijkwijzer include Daredevil Season Two, Jessica Jones Season Two, Django Unchained, and Game of Thrones Season Seven.
The possibilities are truly endless, and fans won’t know until The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ends its six-episode run, meaning weeks of speculation lie ahead for Marvel theorists. WandaVision has successfully concluded the series and arrived on Disney+ on January 15, 2021. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is confirmed for March 19, 2021. Black Widow releases on May 7, 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on July 9, 2021, Eternals on November 5, 2021, Marvel & Sony’s Spider-Man 3 on December 17, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on February 11, 2022, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022, Black Panther II on May 6, 2022, and Captain Marvel 2 on July 8, 2022. Blade, Ant-Man, and the Wasp 3 & Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are also confirmed for future releases. As far as other TV shows are concerned, Loki, What if…? & maybe even Hawkeye will arrive next year. Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk & the Nick Fury (SWORD) series will possibly arrive in 2022.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to premiere on Disney+ on March 19, 2021.