As the first series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to debut on Disney Plus when it arrives next year, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be under intense scrutiny from fans and critics alike. The MCU is already the most successful franchise in the history of cinema, and now looks to transfer this pop culture dominance to the small screen.
There’s still over twelve months to go until the first episode is available, but following San Diego Comic-Con and the recent D23 Expo, more information is steadily being revealed about the show. Plot specifics are being kept under wraps, which is par for the course with Marvel Studios, and with the end of Avengers: Endgame seeing Steve Rogers hand over his shield to Sam Wilson, it will be interesting to watch how The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will deal with the passing on of the Captain America mantle.
John Wick writer Derek Kolstad, who’s had a hand in developing the scripts for the six-episode run, recently took over Discussing Film’s Twitter account and responded to several questions about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and hinted that the superhero show will be tackling some heavier-than-expected social and political themes.
“Oh, yeah. And then some.” – Derek Kolstad https://t.co/nXBHqTCyvM
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) August 30, 2019
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Marvel Studios aren’t exactly known for dipping their toes into these kinds of waters, so it’ll be interesting to see how The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is going to approach the idea of how people would react to a black Captain America. And how far into it they’ll get.
There’ve been rumors that the plot will involve the government refusing to acknowledge Sam Wilson as the new Cap, too, which potentially ties in to the recent casting of Wyatt Russell as super-soldier John Walker, and despite speculation that the entire series could potentially turn out to be a disaster, we still have high hops for the show whether or not they ultimately end up addressing such potentially-difficult subtext.