Coming off of WandaVision, its less conventional sitcom metafiction, Marvel has returned to global threat-fighting form with season 1 of The Falcon and the Winter Solider, a 6-episode limited series, which will wrap at the end of April.
The Falcon and the Winter Solider was supposed to be Marvel’s opening Disney + act, the series paving the way for future franchises, while closing the door on previous storylines. (Rearrangements due to Covid-19 meant WandaVision—which seems to be a one-off series—would open the Marvel calendar.) Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige explained in an interview with Variety how The Falcon and the Winter Solider was to punctuate those previous MCU franchises. “What had been a classic passing of the torch from one hero to another at the end of Endgame became an opening up of our potential to tell an entire story about that,” he said. “What does it really mean for somebody to step into those shoes, and not just somebody but a Black man in the present day?”
The passing-of-the-torch language has given some the impression that The Falcon and the Winter Solider will be a one-and-done type of series—that it will conclude after its season 1 run.
Still, the show has introduced several new components already, including a potential future anti-hero in John Walker, and two young heroes who may play a part in upcoming Young Avengers adaptations—Joaquin Torres (future Falcon) and Eli Bradley (future Patriot).
Whether or not The Falcon and the Winter Solider moves on with new seasons, we can be sure that at least a few characters, who we have only so far briefly met, will play some role in the future.
Here’s what we know right now about The Falcon and the Winter Solider season 2.
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Will The Falcon and the Winter Solider Be Getting a Season 2?
In that same Variety interview,The Falcon and the Winter Solider star Anthony Mackie said he has heard no discussions thus far on a Season 2.
Feige, at Disney+’s Television Critics Association press tour presentation earlier this year, responded to a question about future WandaVision seasons, saying “I’ve been at Marvel for too long to say a definite no or a definite yes to anything.” He went on to explain why Marvel projects—including, we can assume, The Falcon and the Winter Solider—are often left in development limbo:
“We are developing all of these shows the way we’re developing our movies — in other words, when we start with a movie, we hope there’s a Part 2, we hope there’s a Part 3. But we aren’t factoring that into Part 1; we are trying to make something that will hook people enough and that people will enjoy enough that they will want to revisit and want to see the story continue. So that is the way we’re proceeding on television as well.”
The fate of The Falcon and the Winter Solider may simply be left to mercurial backroom creative decisions. And all decisions seem to serve the MCU’s overall expansion; if The Falcon and the Winter Solider closes more doors than it opens, it may become a one-off series. For now, it’s just too early to tell.
The next major franchise coming to Disney + will be Loki in June—another six-episode streaming run. Loki, however, is rumored to have already been renewed for a second season. Which tells us just how connected that series may be to the future of the MCU.
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