“Avengers: Endgame” may have been the final curtain call for the original members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, at least as portrayed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise of Disney and Marvel Studios. But a living, breathing shared setting can theoretically march on without the heavyweight characters that laid its foundation, as MCU Phase 4 promised with its combined content of cinematic films and streaming series to debut on the platform of Disney+. One of the shows slated for the latter is “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” but its debut looks to be delayed since the title is not part of the service’s August timetable.
Comic Book Resources reports that “The Falcon and the Wasp,” one of the Disney+ originals that will comprise the overall storyline arc for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was a no-show in the August 2020 release schedule made public by the streaming platform. Said show, under director Kari Skogland, jointly stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Sebastian Stan as “Bucky” Barnes/Winter Soldier, both fighting partners of super-soldier Captain America following the events of “Endgame.” Filming for the show had started in October of last year, but was halted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
While production by Marvel Studios was given the go-ahead back in May, it seems the full force of the work would only continue in July at the Czech Republic following the start of filming in Atlanta, Georgia. If nothing else this has indeed sunk the earliest estimate that “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” could premiere in Disney+ by next month. It would have to be later on in the year. In the meantime, other Marvel films, be it by Marvel Studios or by 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), will be debuting on Disney+ streaming as was scheduled.
Aside from Mackie and Stan, other returning MCU talent for “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” include Emily VanCamp as (former) SHIELD Agent 13, and Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo, instigator of the titular “Civil War” in the third Captain America movie. New additions include Wyatt Russell as John Walker/US Agent, Noah Mills, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa and Carl Lumbly.
Included with the Marvel movies, MCU or otherwise, that will premiere around August on Disney+ are “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018) along with Fox’s “X-Men” (2000) and “Fantastic Four” (2005).
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