Update: The Falcon and Winter Solider August Premiere Delayed!
Bad news for Marvel fans! The anticipated spin-off series The Falcon and Winter Soldier, set to premiere on Disney + in August, will now be delayed due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. According to Nerdist.com, the highly-anticipated series began filming in Prague and Czech Republic in early March. But soon after the outbreak spread production was shut down, causing stars of the series to be sent home ahead of schedule.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier series (*Spoiler Alert) will pick up after Steve Rodgers passes his iconic shield to Sam Wilson in Avengers: Endgame. From the trailers, Sam Wilson’s transition into the new Captain America will not go as well as he planed. The U.S. government does not accept this new transition. Instead, they are looking to appoint their version of what Captain America should be. Sam Wilson’s transformation reflects as well in the comics when he held the title Captain America after Bucky.
In the series, Emily VanCamp and Daniel Bruhl will reprise their roles as Sharon Carter and Baron Helmut Zemo. Also, Wyatt Russell fills up the supporting cast and Carl Lumbly, who plays Isaiah Bradley, one of the few African American soldiers tested with the serum after Steve Rodgers and the death of Dr. Erskine. The Falcon and Winter Soldier is one of many Marvel series that has been delayed due to COVID-19, along with Loki and Wanda Vision, starring Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen. There are no updates as to whether any of these shows will make their original premiere dates. Wanda Vision was set to premiere on Disney+ in the fall of 2020 and Loki in winter 2021. Additionally, What If, HawkEye, Moon Knight, and Ms. Marvel were set for late 2021 and 2022.
So will the COVID gods show us mercy and allow these shows to be brought back into production? How long will we have to wait? If you are like me after seeing Endgame, I felt like my life was incomplete since the ending and new beginning of The Falcon and Winter Solider. I was more excited about this series picking up from the movie along with Wanda Vision and Loki. As it is, we have to adjust to the new norm. However, with technology still booming, there can be a way to continue production? Hollywood movies are slowly picking up their filming; why can’t Marvel as well? But it does raise the question, how will filming in a COVID-19 world look like? Even for Marvel or DC fans? Will we ever be lined up at the theaters waiting for the latest film and swearing by the honor code of non-spoilers on Facebook and other platforms? Or is this the end my friends? I like to end on a happier note and say whether in theaters or on tv, these series’ premiers will still bring the Marvel community together stronger than ever.