A couple of weeks before the highly anticipated release of Avengers: Endgame, Disney dropped some massive news with the announcement of a trio of live-action Marvel series coming to the Disney+ streaming service: Loki, WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
At the time, there were a lot of questions surrounding the setting and stories of these projects, given that most of the characters they starred were dead following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, and to be honest, many questions still linger. However, with many of Endgame's secrets revealed, it sure looks like we know Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes' story is heading. The end of the film all but set up the television series as a sequel of sorts, after Steve Rogers bequeaths the red, white and blue shield (and the Captain America mantle) to Sam/Falcon.
Since it seems all but certain that the Disney+ series will feature Sam assuming the mantle of Captain America, there's no way that Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the series' actual title, right?
Beyond that, there's very little we know about Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan's upcoming series. While it has yet to be confirmed, it was recently reported that the show will feature the MCU returns of Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), making it almost a certainty that the project will be set in the present of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- that is, after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
Sure, the series may feature flashbacks to Bucky Barnes' Winter Soldier days, or Sam's pre-winged years, but the bulk of the action will most assuredly take place in the present, with Sam trying to live up to the legacy of Steve Rogers. Therefore, it only stands to reason that the far more likely title for the Disney+ series will be Captain America and Winter Soldier.
After all, in the comic books, after Sam Wilson took on the shield, he changed codenames to become the one and only Captain America. Since the character is on a similar arc in the MCU, all signs point to doing the same. After all, now that he has Cap's shield and blessing, why would he bother keeping the Falcon moniker?
So why all this (theoretical) secrecy, then?
Well, as has become increasingly clear, Marvel isn't above using some well-formed lies in order to protect the secrets of the MCU. Since the series was announced before the release of Avengers: Endgame, it was likely given a false title to prevent fans from figuring out the film's twist. Yes, there was an official title card for the series, but it was never actually released to the press -- the only reason we saw it is because of leaks. And Disney, knowing full well that a leak is likely, is going to make things look all official.
If this is the case, it may be a while before we learn Falcon and the Winter Soldier's real title. With the series not set to air until August 2020, Marvel and Disney have plenty of time to unveil the full scope of the project at their own pace. Falcon and the Winter Soldier may interest some fans, but Captain America and the Winter Soldier will grab the attention of, well, everyone.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier both appear in Avengers: Endgame. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film is now in theaters.