🚨 Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. 🚨
1.First things first, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will focus on two major characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Sam Wilson, or Falcon, and Bucky Barnes, or the Winter Soldier. They are played respectively by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
2.Sam Wilson is a longtime ally of Steve Rogers — aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans — and part of the crime-fighting team the Avengers.
3.Sam is a highly trained ex-soldier who can fly using a falcon suit, hence the name Falcon.
4.Bucky Barnes is a WWII soldier who, after plummeting to his apparent death in Captain America: The First Avenger, was found and turned into an unstoppable assassin by HYDRA.
5.Bucky became one of HYDRA’s greatest weapons, the Winter Soldier.
6.Bucky nearly broke up the Avengers during the events of Captain America: Civil War.
7.Sam and Bucky have had numerous encounters in the past, some good and some very bad!
8.Speaking of Thanos, maybe we should explain a little about how in Avengers: Infinity War half of the universe was wiped from existence, and then in Avengers: Endgame, everyone was restored to life.
9.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series will also address the legacy of Captain America. Steve had been one of the chief Avengers since 2010, but in the recent movie Avengers: Endgame, he handed over his shield (and in so doing his Captain America title) to none other than Sam.
10.Captain America's title, shield, and legacy are hugely important because the superhero has come to symbolise patriotism, idealism, and always sticking by his principles.
11.So now the question is: who is worthy of becoming the next Captain America – Sam, Bucky, or someone else?
12.The other thing is, Sam and Bucky have always had a kind of love/hate relationship.
13.Also joining the series' main cast is former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and past love interest of Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter.
14.Spanish German actor Daniel Brühl will appear as Zemo, a character who previously appeared in the movie Captain America: Civil War.
15.And lastly, if you really want to get caught up before the series starts, a good place to begin would be with the Captain America films, specifically The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War. All three are available to stream on Disney+ right now!
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