What Time Does 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ Fit in Marvel Universe?
|"The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" in Marvel timeline. Photo: Full Film|
After taking 2020 off, Marvel Studios is back in action with back-to-back original series on Disney+. The wildly successful WandaVision just wrapped up its run earlier this month, and now it’s time for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to soar.
Even more so than WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier really picks up where Avengers: Endgame left off by using one of the film’s many codas as a launchpad. At the end of that film, we saw old man Steve Rogers hand the shield—and the mantle of Captain America—over to Falcon. Even Bucky, Cap’s oldest friend, nodded in approval at this passing of the torch. So… what’s next? That’s a plotline that this series aims to untangle, according to Decider.
Spinning out of the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will drop its titular, mismatched pair into totally new territory. For the first time, these two will team up without the unifying presence of Captain America (Chris Evans), who retired for good at the end of Endgame. Falcon and Winter Soldier aren’t the only familiar faces appearing in the show, either. There are a friend and a foe from the films that fans have seen before, and they’re along for the ride as well.
What else do we know about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? When will the show be released and what is it about? And how much money is Disney putting into it? Here’s everything that we know about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier so far.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in the Marvel timeline
Without getting into specific spoilers for Falcon, in the MCU timeline, at least six months have passed since the events of Avengers: Endgame. This means it's been about six months since half of the global population has returned to existence after the five years known as the Blip, and things haven't exactly returned to normal yet, said Collider.
When Collider spoke with director Kari Skogland about the choice to set it in that specific time period, she said that it was "absolutely critical" to the show. "Everything narratively was informed by that event for us," she said. "It meant that we're just past the shock of it. We're just past the joy of it — because we're imagining that there would be a lot of joy, in people returning. Now we're into the reality of it, which is complicated."
As she explained it, "With half the population Blipped away, you've got different economic circumstances, different border circumstances. Different countries were cooperative, that weren't before. Neighbors are cooperating, who weren't necessarily getting along before. People moved into houses that they didn't own before. Everything changed. Now we're into that moment. We're past the surprise of it and now we're into the realities of it. I think that makes for a very different place in the story, because we can get not only grounded about it, but we can drill into how people respond to that. Some of it's good and some of it's not so good."
Falcon and The Winter Soldier take place after WandaVision
That it does. We know that thanks to Monica Rambeau coming back after the Snap and, just a few weeks later, heading to SWORD HQ for a debrief from Acting Director Hayward. The events of WandaVision span from immediately after Endgame (Wanda going to see Vision’s body), to just a couple of weeks later. That would mean Falcon and The Winter Soldier takes place several months after WandaVision, noted Games Radar.
And, then there’s Spider-Man: Far From Home. This one is a little less clear-cut, though the Spidey sequel takes place in the summer of 2024 (just taking into account the European vacation and Peter’s school year coming to a close), meaning that the order should now look as follows in a post-Endgame world:
Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Who is in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier crew?
Malcolm Spellman serves as the head writer. He previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the Fox drama Empire. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the 2010 romcom Our Family Wedding, which was directed by The Mandalorian director Rick Famuyiwa. The writing staff also includes Derek Kolstad, best known as the writer of the John Wick trilogy.
Kari Skogland will direct The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. She has extensive TV directing credits, including episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, Marvel’s The Punisher, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Vikings, and so many more.
Where did The Falcon and the Winter Soldier filmed?
Filming began in Atlanta in November 2019; you can watch Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan announce the start of production via the @MarvelStudios Instagram. The series was supposed to film in Puerto Rico in January 2020, but earthquakes suspended production.
Budget for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
While the specific budget for episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has not been revealed, it’s been reported that episodes of Marvel’s Disney+ TV shows will have budgets topping out at $25 million per episode. For comparison, it was reported that The Mandalorian cost around $15 million per episode.
That’s a $10 million/episode difference for a show that is set on Earth and presumably features zero alien effects and puppet wizardry. But, pure speculation here, Falcon and the Winter Soldier has (at least) three legit movie stars in its cast. Maybe that’s where that extra $10 mil went?
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