Now that we know the Falcon and the Winter Solider series will be debuting on Disney+ in fall 2020, fans are already speculating about what we might see. During the San Diego Comic-Con panel this past weekend, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the series follows the events of Avengers: Endgame.
That in itself is a loaded statement with regards to potential storytelling. As fans may recall, both characters were absent following the events of Infinity War. Since half of the population suddenly snapped back into existence, they may discover that the world is far different than the one they used to know five years ago.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2020. pic.twitter.com/FmFMKWUrhO— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
As expected, both Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will return as Falcon and Winter Soldier respectively. However, since Captain America's shield has been officially passed on to Sam Wilson, Captain Falcon might become an all-new character. In fact, he might even get an entirely new outfit.
In addition to the main protagonists, Daniel Brühl will also be reprising his role as Baron Zemo from Captain America: Civil War. It will be interesting to see how the character is developed and how he will play a role in the new story. In Civil War, Zemo was an opponent who was the devious mastermind who sought to destroy the Avengers.
Now, however, Zemo is free, but he is no longer working with the advantage of anonymity. The Zemo who appears in the comics is based on a German who believes in the idea of a master race ruling the world. Since we know that this version of Zemo is entirely different, his story and motives will be radically different from Civil War.
Some fans are hoping that the series will adapt the 2016 Marvel comic storyline “Avengers: Standoff!” in which Steve Rogers is older, much like at the end of Endgame, and he and Wilson must stop Zemo from arming other villains with superweapons. However, the only issue with Zemo as a villain is due to the fact that he was driven to revenge for his family which died during the events of Age of Ultron. Given that his family passed away due to the events of one villain, it seems irrational for him to arm other villains.
We can only speculate for now, but Marvel seems to have been on a roll so far, so there is little reason to doubt that the story will be anything less than stellar.