Falcon and the Winter Soldier's Deleted Subplot Might Be Told In Marvel Comics

By Russ Milheim Posted:
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After six episodes, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier finally came to an end . The finale provided a lot when it came to big plot developments. For one, fans have themselves a brand new Captain America. Then, of course, there's Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Val, who's putting together a strange team so far consisting of U.S. Agent and potentially Zemo.

That's not to mention the death of all the Flag Smashers. With Karli having been shot by Sharon and the other four blown up by Zemo, the resident activists are no more. While the Flag Smashers and their quest for social justice provided the key conflict within the series, once upon a time, there could have more to them.

In fact, rumor has it that there was a storyline cut from the show that at one point resembled the COVID-19 pandemic a little too closely.

Now, the showrunner of the Star-Spangled series has spoken about those whispers...


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Recently, the showrunner for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Malcolm Spellman, was interviewed by Amon Warmann on the Fade to Black podcast.

Within the interview, as reported by Murphy's Multiverse , Spellman was asked about the rumor floating around of a "lost" storyline that was cut from the show due to its closeness to the real-life pandemic still currently raging on.

Spellman mentioned that he has "been told to stop talking about it," but that he also wants to see the storyline brought to life on the page:

"I've been told to stop saying that [referring to the "lost" storyline]/ I loved it, and it had nothing to do with the pandemic. (...) I want to see if we can get some of the writers to do a book run on it because I think Kevin [Feige] does it. I've been told to stop talking about it."


It seems that there is at least some credibility to those rumors referring to a cut plot from the show. Something of note was lost, seeing as Spellman knew what the interviewer was referencing. However, its closeness to the current pandemic may have been exaggerated.

The prospect of some adaptation in the form of a book/comic book is an interesting one. Is this lost storyline something that was completely separate from everything else going on in the show to the point that it can put out there all on its own? Or, will fans instead get a re-imagining of entire parts of the story told through the Disney+ series?

Continuations via book or other methods aren't uncommon, and many projects opt to do so when there isn't any other option. In fact, even Zack Snyder may be looking to continue his Snyderverse storyline in the pages of a comic instead of on film. If that can happen, surely Marvel can have the same thing for this lost storyline that Spellman seems fond of.

All episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are streaming on Disney+.

Release Date
March 19, 2021
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Russ Milheim is the Industry Relations Coordinator at The Direct. On top of utilizing his expertise on the many corners of today’s entertainment to cover the latest news and theories, he establishes and maintains communication and relations between the outlet and the many studio and talent representatives.