What Falcon & Winter Soldier Means for Those Captain America Fan Theories

What started as numerous reports was finally confirmed last week during the Walt Disney Company's Investor Day 2019 presentation: Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, respectively, in the Disney+ limited series Falcon and Winter Soldier.

While details are scarce, there's now a logo, along with news that the series will debut sometime in the first year of the streaming service, which is scheduled to launch on Nov. 12.

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Of course, by the time Falcon and Winter Soldier arrives on Disney+, fans will already know the fate of many of their favorite Marvel superheroes in Avengers: Endgame. As it stands right now, Falcon and Winter Soldier are among the victims of Thanos' Decimation snap that wiped out half of all living beings. As Winter Soldier spent the majority of his Marvel Cinematic Universe history in hiding, or in Wakanda, we can assume Falcon and Winter Soldier takes place after Endgame, meaning the surviving Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy will somehow find a way to reverse the snap and bring everyone back to life.

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However, that doesn't mean every Avenger will make it out of Endgame alive. It has been widely reported that the multi-picture contracts of actors Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth expire with Endgame, and Evans has heavily hinted his time as Captain America will come to an end once Endgame arrives in theaters. Therefore, it's not difficult for fans to imagine a few Avengers will sacrifice themselves in the culmination of what directors Joe and Anthony Russo have called "The Infinity Saga."

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At the top of that death list is Evans' Steve Rogers. With Captain America deceased, there's the possibility that someone else will pick up the Vibranium shield to keep the mantle alive. Luckily, fans had the opportunity to watch this play out in the comics, when Steve died in the 2007-2008 Marvel Comics storyline, "The Death of Captain America."

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Cap's death eventually led to his former sidekick, Bucky Barnes, donning his own version of the costume to become the new Captain America. Of course, Sam Wilson also had his own turn as Captain America when Steve's Super-Soldier serum was stripped from his body, instantly aging him into a 90-year-old man.

So with Captain America expected to die in Avengers: Endgame, many fan theories revolve around either Falcon or the Winter Soldier carrying on the legacy. However, with the announcement of their upcoming Disney+ series, we'd advise you to hold off on all those Captain America conspiracy theories.

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