It was revealed that The Falcon & The Winter Soldier would be coming out on Disney+ earlier than expected as it will begin airing sometime in August, rather than the fall.
Now, Disney has given us a glimpse of the upcoming Marvel Studios series with a Super Bowl spot that showcases the first official footage from The Falcon & The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki.
It will directly interlinked with the feature films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This would confirm that Loki is currently shooting in Atlanta, Georgia under the working title of The Architect with Tom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino (rumored for Lady Loki), and Owen Wilson starring. Kate Herron is directing the show.
The Falcon & The Winter Soldier is expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and will show Sam Wilson’s evolution from The Falcon to the new Captain America.
The cast of the Disney+ series includes Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby, Triple 9) as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon/Captain America, Sebastian Stan (Destroyer, The Martian) as James “Bucky” Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds, Rush) as Baron Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter aka Agent 13, Wyatt Russell (Overlord, Black Mirror, The Woman In The Window) as John Walker aka U.S. Agent, Adepero Oduye, Noah Mills, Desmond Chiam, and Miki Ishikawa.
The show is being helmed by Canadian director Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Punisher, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Boardwalk Empire) with a writing team that includes Malcolm Spellman (Empire), Derek Kolstad (John Wick 1-3), and Michael Kastelein (Hand of God).
Filming on the series has been taking place in Atlanta, Georgia under the working title of Tag Team.
As revealed by recent set photos Wyatt Russell’s U.S. Agent will get his hands on Steve Roger’s shield, which seemingly suggests that the U.S. government might reject Sam Wilson as the next Captain America and chose their own super-soldier candidate with John Walker instead.
Given that Wilson was on the run as an international fugitive prior to The Snap/Blip and doesn’t have super-human abilities that could be held against him despite Rogers handing him the shield at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
I’m slightly curious if Sam will eventually get his own version of the super-soldier formula.
Other set photos have seemed to confirm that a portion of The Falcon & The Winter Soldier will take place in the fictional Southeast Asian country of Madripoor, first introduced in New Mutants and was a location of interest in the solo Wolverine comic books.
Madripoor is a hot-bed of criminal syndicates and terrorist activities with Ophelia Sarkissian aka Viper (connected to HYDRA and Serpent Society) at one point controlling the island before it switched over to crime-lord Jessan Hoan from the Wolverine comics.
There is also a rumor that the show will introduce audiences to a version of the Thunderbolts, it remains to be seen how that will happen but William Hurt’s Thunderbolt Ross could very well have put them together.
It’ll be interesting to see how the series might impact future films and if it will indeed lead directly into Captain America 4 with Anothony Mackie taking over the franchise from Chris Evans.
WandaVision will star Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Wind River) as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany (Solo: A Star Wars Story, A Knight’s Tale) as Vision, Teyonah Parris (Candy Man, Dear White People, If Beale Street Could Talk) as Monica Rambeau, Randall Park (The Interview, Long Shot, Always Be My Maybe) as Jimmy Woo (in the comics led Agents of Altas), Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, and Kathryn Hahn (rumored to be playing Agatha Harkness).
Episodes will be directed by Matt Shakman (The Boys, Games of Thrones, Billions, Fargo, Mad Men, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia).
Filming on WandaVision has been mostly taking place in Atlanta, Georgia under the working title of Big Red.
Set photos have revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s cosmic counterpart S.W.O.R.D. (first introduced in the X-Men comics) will be introduced in the series and could easily have a tie-in to both the Ms Marvel series and Captain Marvel 2.
The Captain Marvel sequel recently hired WandaVision writer Megan McDonnell to pen the script for Captain Marvel 2, so planting seeds for the Captain Marvel sequel in the upcoming show wouldn’t be hard to imagine as it’s going to be doing it for another one.
Kevin Feige has confirmed that WandaVision will directly lead into Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (rumored to include America Chavez, Clea, and Brother Voodoo) which will have Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch in a leading role alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange.
The Doctor Strange sequel recently lost it’s director Scott Derrickson but is said to be still in the casting process and will keep on target to begin filming this May at Pinewood Studios UK. This would suggest that Marvel Studios already has a replacement director for the project and just haven’t made the announcement official.
The series will start exploring the Multiverse along with giving us a glimpse of what makes Wanda The Scarlet Witch as the studio now has the rights to use X-Men/Mutants there is a possibility the series can help usher-in mutants or explain them joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I’m kind of curious if Scarlet Witch will carry over to the X-Men franchise given that her father is Magneto in the comics.
WandaVision was originally going to begin airing on Disney+ in the spring of 2021 but was recently confirmed by Disney as being bumped-up to the fall instead.
Marvel is also working on other live-action shows such as Moon Knight, Ms Marvel, Hawkeye, and She-Hulk.