Those who have been eagerly awaiting an update on the new Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may be receiving one soon, because last week, Sam Wilson himself, Anthony Mackie, was asked on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon the nature of the show’s production after the pandemic:
“I’m happy to say we are not cancelled. We are on hold. We’re going back hopefully sometime soon and finish it up, we have very little stuff to do. I’m very happy with it. We have a little more to go back to do. But everybody rest assured, it will come out. We’re not cancelled.”
Originally scheduled to be released in August, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will now be resuming production in late July, according to a Facebook post by the casting agency Extrafilms, putting the August release date in serious question. The series was about half way through its production when the call came to halt everything with the team in the midst of working in Prague. Unconfirmed rumors on social media suggest a portion of the series may be reshot as the story called for the heroes preventing a virus from being unleashed, though whether or not those rumors are true, an August release for the Marvel series still seems unlikely.
What we do know about the series, however, is that it will consist of six episodes and will also feature Captain America: Civil War villain Helmut Zemo, the latter of which I’m personally very excited for. For those of you who are unaware, in the comics, Baron Heinrich Zemo forms the Masters of Evil, a supervillain team determined to defeat the Avengers.
I really hope that the show pursues this element of the character, so we’ll be able to be introduced to the more obscure Marvel characters for Phase 4, including but not limited to Tiger Shark, a former Olympic swimmer now mutated hybrid between Namor the Submariner and, well, a tiger shark, the Grey Gargoyle, a French chemist who courtesy of a chemical accident gains the ability to turn anything into stone just by his touch, and Mr. Hyde – no, not that Mr. Hyde, but a biochemist from Trenton, New Jersey who, inspired by The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, experimented on himself with hormones, unleashing his hidden beastial nature in a superhuman form. Yes, these may not seem like the most intimidating supervillians, but who knows what tonal direction Marval is planning to take The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Considering the banter between Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes in Captain America: Civil War, I’m hoping that we’ll be seeing a more light-hearted thriller.