After resounding success on the big screen, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is now embracing a new chapter in the form of long-form storytelling in several shows under the Disney+ banner. WandaVision kicked off this exciting new saga by showcasing the highly-talked-about transformation of Wanda Maximoff into the Scarlet Witch, which was anchored by the character's grief and fascination with sitcoms.
The small-screen fix will continue, and this will be led by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The upcoming MCU series will reunite Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes for a globetrotting adventure while also tackling the legacy of Captain America along the way.
At the tail-end of Avengers: Endgame, it was teased that Sam will be the MCU's new Captain America, but the marketing for the show made it clear that this is not going to happen instantly. Anthony Mackie even shared in an interview that this new responsibility is a “major burden” for the character, and this plot thread will be dissected even further as the show progresses.
While fans wait for the arrival of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+, The Direct was given a chance to interview the show's director to give a preview of what's to come.
SEASON 2 HOPES FOR FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland recently sat down with The Direct to talk about the upcoming MCU series, and one of the topics that was discussed was the show's potential second season.
When asked if there are any story elements that she hopes to feature in a potential second question, Skogland first admitted that she can't answer the question since “there's nothing [she] didn't get to do in the first [season]” of the show. She also pointed out that “there [are] always more stories to explore” if ever Marvel Studios decides to greenlight another run for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:
“I can’t even answer that because I would say there’s nothing I didn’t get to do in this one, and yet there’s so much more to do. So, let’s hope that there is a season two. I have no idea whether there will be or not, but I do know there’s always more stories to explore and more characters to have go down the rabbit hole with.”
SAM AND BUCKY'S NEXT MCU CHAPTER IS ONLY GETTING STARTED
Ever since the Disney+ slate of the MCU was announced back at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, one of the main questions that lingered from fans was the possibility of a second season for every show. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently addressed this matter by confirming that there will be second seasons for several projects, but as expected, the producer didn't specify which ones.
Whether The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is included in the list remains to be seen, but Skogland's comments indicate that the first season seems to be a complete showcase for Sam Wilson's transition into Captain America as well as Bucky's newfound life in a post-Blip world. Still, the director's remarks of saying that there are “always more stories to explore” could hint that other aspects of Sam and Bucky's development will likely serve as the core focus of a sophomore run.
This is part of the fun of the MCU's new age of storytelling since it gives other characters like Sam and Bucky to shine in their own stories. Given that it's uncertain where the pair will show up after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a potential second season will provide an opportunity for fans to continue following the journey of these characters before their eventual return to the big screen.
It was confirmed that Sam's backstory will be fully explored in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the same could be true for Bucky. Based on that plot thread alone, there's a chance that more stories from both characters' past will carry over into the present, and this could likely serve as a starting off point for another storyline that can be expanded further.
Overall, the story possibilities are endless for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and it has the potential to evolve in surprising ways that could change the landscape of the MCU.