Marvel concluded its Phase 3 with Avengers: Endgame. It was often referred to as the Infinity Saga. WandaVision premiered on January 15, 2021, on Disney+. It kicked off Marvel’s Phase 4. But that wasn’t the case. Earlier, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was scheduled to kick off Marvel’s Phase 4. WandaVision will conclude its first season this Friday. It has a total of nine episodes. WandaVision introduced Agatha Harkness, and Monica Rambeau got her powers as well. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to premiere on March 19, 2021.
Many projects were a victim of production delays because of Covid-19. As a result, Disney reordered their 2021 slate. This resulted in WandaVision being on top of the order. but this wasn’t done randomly. There is a thought process behind this. After the Infinity Saga concluded in Avengers: Endgame, Marvel hit the reset button. A lot of superheroes left the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Infinity Stones carried on the first three phases of Marvel. After they concluded phase three, it was their approach to dwell more into storytelling and character development.
WandaVision seemed to have the perfect threshold for that. Wanda has been through a lot. Her grief is incomparable to anyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision is the aftermath story after the events in Avengers: Endgame. There is no Thanos or any other potential threat as of now. Scarlet Witch struggles to adapt to her normal life after losing everything. SWORD embodies a different side of the Endgame fallout, showing that humanity has grown more fearful in the wake of the Snap. The agency started performing experiments on Vision. Their obsession with superheroes can be seen as a direct response to the first three phases.
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.
WandaVision deals with the death of Vision. After Smart Hulk snapped his fingers, Wanda was resurrected. But Vision was not. The show directly focuses on the approach of how Wanda deals with this. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will focus on the same. Sam and Bucky were both close to Steve Rogers. The show will focus on how these two, Sam and Bucky, will carry on Captain America’s legacy. The series will also emphasize the cultural impact of Captain America. It will also show Sam, bucky, and the government itself will handle the absence of Captain America.
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.
We should expect the return of certain Captain America franchise characters like Sharon Carter. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is expected to deal with Captain America’s retirement. WandaVisoin deals with Vision’s death, and Spider-Man: Far From Home deals with Iron Man’s death. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will also show Sam and Bucky stand up against the ‘Flag-Smasher’ terrorist group. There are a lot of elements that we will get to see in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Moreover, we will take a deep dive into Sam and Bucky’s evolving relationship.
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.