The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the latest Marvel show to cause a stir on Disney+, taking over the Friday night spot from WandaVision.
The show follows as Sam Wilson (Falcon) refuses to take up the role of Captain America, left to him by Steve Rogers at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Teaming up with Bucky Barnes (also known as The Winter Soldier), the two embark on a globetrotting adventure that will test their abilities and their patience.
When does episode 6 drop - and how many episodes will there be?
The newest episode of the Disney+ series was made available to stream earlier today (23 April).
That means it’s currently available to watch. Unfortunately for fans of the show, this episode does mark the final episode of the first season.
Producer Kevin Feige previously revealed that six hours was always the plan for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association, Feige said: “Six hours is what we landed on as the best way to tell our story.
“Six hours, whether it’s six episodes, or nine shorter episodes like WandaVision. The shows aren’t inexpensive, so the per-episode cost is very high and to get that bar I was talking about.”
The show was streamed on a weekly basis, with one episode released each week with no double bills, unlike WandaVision which started its run with two episodes.
Who stars in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
Anthony Mackie (Altered Carbon, The Hurt Locker) and Sebastian Stan (The Devil All The Time, I, Tonya) head up the cast of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier cast, reprising their respective roles as Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) and reformed KGB assassin Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier).
These two aren’t the only familiar faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear in the series - Daniel Brühl (The Alienist: Angel of Darkness, The Cloverfield Paradox) is back as Baron Zemo, Emily VanCamp (The Resident, Revenge) as Agent Sharon Carter and Don Cheadle (Black Monday, Don’t Look Deeper) as Colonel James Rhodes (aka War Machine).
Also in the cast is:
- Wyatt Russell (The Good Lord Bird, Lodge 49)
- Adepero Oduye (When They See Us, Pariah)
- Danny Ramirez (On My Block, Assassination Nation)
- Noah Mills (The Enemy Within, The Brave)
- Carl Lumbly (Supergirl, Doctor Sleep)
- Erin Kellyman (Don’t Forget the Driver, Life)
- Desmond Chaim (Reef Break, Now Apocalypse)
- Dani Deetté (The Sinner, Ozark)
Will there be a season two?
Currently, there has been no official confirmation that the series will return for a second season.
However, comments made by Fiege suggest that a season two is certainly possible.
Speaking to attendees of a virtual press conference for the show’s launch, Fiege said that there are “certainly ideas” for a second season.”
Executive Producer Nate Moore also said: “We’ve definitely kicked around ideas because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go, but also, frankly, in the crush of the pandemic, we were just trying to finish the show and make sure it got out in a timely manner.
“Hopefully at the end of this season you will see the potential for what we could tell in a subsequent season.”
Moore said that fellow Marvel Disney+ show WandaVision was likely to be a one-off event, but that’s not necessarily the same for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
He said: “Whereas The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is really about dealing with, to me, the legacy of what a superhero is, through the lens of Captain America and his shield, but ultimately through the lens of all these different characters.
“And that’s a story I think you can revisit in subsequent seasons because it’s an evergreen story. It’s a conversation.”