Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will follow our favorite dynamic pairing, Sam and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) in the new series. In Avengers: Endgame, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) took it upon himself to return the infinity stones in their rightful timelines. Viewers were left shocked when he returned from his mission as an old man and turned over his shield to the Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Comic book readers knew that Sam would be the one to yield the shield after Rogers. “I am the Falcon, I will always be the Falcon,” said Mackie. “The moniker will stay the same.”
An Evans-less environment will be felt by fans in the MCU and Mackie shares that sentiment.
“You get to sleep. You get a lot of downtime,” said Mackie about not having Evans around. “No, there is no good part about it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a thousand times, Chris is one of my closest friends. And when the three of us get together, it’s hell and anarchy. So hopefully we’ll have him around to cause some trouble on set.”
Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo have been with Evans since the first Avengers movie and have no plans for his return as Captain America. “I think Chris — Chris is a very emotional person,” said Joe Russo. “I think, maybe it’s evident if you follow him on Twitter — because he does put his heart into what he says — but I feel like he has to close the door on things and emotionally move onto the next thing.”
“He has fought World War II and Civil War and an Infinity War,” explained Christopher Markus, the co-writer for the Captain America trilogy and Endgame. “He’s been through three wars. And he has come to a place, I think, where he’s realizing to be a fully rounded human, which is all of our goals, he needs to take a little time and be a little healthier. I think when he … in a way I think when he encounters his old self back in Avengers Tower, there is a processing going on in his head that well, that’s a really intense and maybe not 100% healthy guy. So I think it is time.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere in Fall 2020 on Disney+.