It looks like Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson will be teaming up on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+. What might a WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON series look like? Read on to see our ideas!

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series: What We Know

The report of an upcoming WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON series comes from Variety. This comes right off the heels of two other MCU limited series coming to Disney+, LOKI, and SCARLET WITCH. The report also names Malcolm Spellman as a writer for the series, having previously worked on EMPIRE for Fox.

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Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige will be overseeing the projects, with the shows reportedly having very high production budgets on an almost blockbuster level. The hope from Disney is that these MCU shows, as well as new Star Wars content, will be big draws to the new service. While it has yet to be confirmed, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are expected to reprise the respective roles they’ve had in the MCU films. The expectation comes from the fact that Tom Hiddleston has just been confirmed to reprise Loki in the LOKI series.

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series Will Have To Be Post-INFINITY WAR

There is no way the WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON series could be set before the events of INFINITY WAR or AVENGERS 4. Bucky and Sam have fought in WINTER SOLIDER and spent limited time together during CIVIL WAR. After that, Bucky goes into a cryo-sleep in Wakanda. There, Wakandan science helps cure Bucky of his Hydra brainwashing. He stays in Wakanda up to the events of INFINITY WAR, joining the fight against Thanos’ legions.

During that time, Sam is with Captain America and the other Secret Avengers. They joined the fight in Wakanda as well. Thanos snaps his fingers, and then both Bucky and Sam disappear from existence.

Basically what I’m saying is that there is no possible way the WINTER SOLIDER/FALCON series could ever precede the latest and upcoming AVENGERS films. There’s just never been any time or opportunity for Sam and Bucky to meet outside of the films we’ve seen.

What this means is that somehow, Bucky and Sam will return from the Snap. While this isn’t super surprising (SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME releases after AVENGERS 4 and there’s no way we’re not getting BLACK PANTHER 2), it does create the opportunity to make some guesses as to what sort of scenarios Bucky and Sam will have in a post-Snap MCU.

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series: Bucky and Sam Aren’t Close Friends

Since it won’t take long, let’s look at all the interactions Sam and Bucky have had in the MCU:

In WINTER SOLIDER, Bucky is a brainwashed Hydra assassin. As a result, all of the interactions he has with Falcon in the film aren’t positive ones. Engaging in a highway shootout, and later tearing off Sam’s wing, leading to potentially free falling to his death, isn’t such a great way to start a friendship.

As result, you can understand Sam’s coldness to Bucky in CIVIL WAR. I feel as though that even though Sam sides with Steve and doesn’t sign the Sokovia Accords, the only reason he helps him with Bucky is that he is Steve’s friend. I doubt that Sam personally thinks Bucky is worth saving/helping. Therefore, it makes sense why Sam refuses to move his seat up for Bucky when they’re in the car. It also makes sense that after Spider-Man webs them up, Sam tells Bucky he hates him.

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Their tension is comical for the audience with the few interactions they have. However, it does cause some curiosity as to why they would be working together in a series. There is essentially only one thing they both have in common, and that’s their friendship and loyalty to Captain America. That might be our answer right there.

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series: What if Cap Dies?

If the theories, rumors, and potential signs are to be believed, AVENGERS 4 may be the last we see of some, if not all, of the original Avengers. This would include Captain America.

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One such theory suggests that somehow the original Avengers (Cap, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye) discover a way to reverse the Snap saving those who were lost. However, there might be a cost. As in, there might need to be a trade of life in some way, shape, or form.

Assuming this is the case, and Captain America were to die, it could stand to reason that Bucky and Sam might unite in their dedication to keeping Steve’s legacy alive. Cap’s death could inspire them to work together for the good of the world. Maybe even take up his mantle?

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series: A New Captain America?

Another good question: if Cap dies, would either Sam or Bucky take on the Captain America title? It’s an interesting thought. Both Bucky and Sam have been Captain America before in the comics.

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Bucky took over as Captain America after the events of the comics CIVIL WAR. The war ends with Captain America surrendering. He realizes that it is the will of the American people to have superheroes register with the government. As he’s led up the steps of the courthouse, he’s shot in the head. There’s a whole lot more to it about who shoots him, and how he eventually comes back, but we’ll leave it there. For that moment, and for a while afterward, Steve Rogers dies. Bucky Barnes takes up the shield and becomes Captain America in his absence.

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More recently, Steve Rogers loses the super soldier serum. Becoming an elderly man, Steve is unable to go into the field. He asks Sam to take up the shield. He agrees, leading a new team of Avengers, and going on his own missions. When Steve returns to his old self, he tells Sam to keep the shield. However, after a time, Sam goes back to being Falcon.

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I don’t know if we’d see either Bucky or Sam become the new Cap in the new series. Also, if it does happen, I don’t know which one I’d want to become Cap. Both of them sharing the Captain America title would seem odd and improbable in my mind. I’m slightly leaning towards Bucky, especially if Steve does die. Then we’d have a cool mirroring to the comics.

WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON Series: Awesome Either Way

Having any series based in the MCU with characters from the films is unprecedented, save for Phil Coulson (AGENTS OF SHIELD). No matter what happens with the WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON series, I’m sure it will be great. Especially considering the fact that it will have such high production levels. I’m also certain that even though they may be working together, things will probably be rocky at first. We’ll get plenty of that humorous conflict and tension we’ve come to enjoy from their relationship.

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The WINTER SOLDIER/FALCON series will air on Disney+, releasing late 2019.

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