When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was first announced in April 2019—before the release of Avengers: Endgame—we figured Marvel was simply tying off loose storylines. Or perhaps we’d get a fan-service series about two lesser-explored Avengers. How big could it really be? And then Captain America went back in time, possibly jumping timelines, and returned, elderly, to literally pass the shield to Sam Wilson, as Bucky just sort of awkwardly watched. (Tension?) Was Marvel going to waste the chance at cashing in on years and years of more properties starring two already tried and tested leads? Absolutely not. What were we thinking?
Still, after WandaVision—which was announced alongside The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and seems to have wrapped with one (mostly) self-contained season—we might have assumed Marvel would be equally tight-lipped about their plans for Sam and Bucky. Turns out The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will have a an even more explicit impact on future MCU properties. (The lesson here: nothing ever dies, everything is forever.)
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently told Entertainment Weekly most Phase 4 films will be “relatively standalone or connect back to Endgame.” There are, however, he said, others being developed with multiple seasons. When asked if he could confirm The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as one of these projects, he said that to answer that question would be to enter “the spoiler realm.” (For that to be a "no," both characters would probably have to die. So we'll say it's a "yes" for now.) Feige did confirm, though, that Marvel has “a future charted for characters post-Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer, Malcolm Spellman, was a bit more direct, saying that there are multiple Marvel projects set to tie directly to events of the series, and "I can think of three that I'm not allowed to talk about.”
So whatever happens in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, those events will directly impact at least three other Marvel movies or TV shows. And the series is also (relatively) likely to see more than one season. #MarvelForever.
Until then, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will run for six episodes, at about 45 minutes each. Anthony Mackie has described the series as closer to a six-hour movie, than six disparate episodes. This could be the future format of Marvel.
Here's the complete release schedule for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Episodes release at about 3:00 AM, EST
Episode 1: March 19, 2021
Episode 2: March 26, 2021
Episode 3: April 2, 2021
Episode 4: April 9, 2021
Episode 5: April 16, 2021
Episode 6: April 23, 2021
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