At Bleeding Cool, we've made it our mission to chronicle the lead-up to and the aftermath of "The Great Streaming Wars of 2020" so that future societies can learn from our greatest triumphs and tragic failures. Over at "House Mouse", the soon-to-debut Disney+ streaming service enters the fray later this month – and they're doing it on the backs of their Marvel and Star Wars franchises. One of the "biggest hitters" on the Marvel side is The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, the first in a series of original projects set for a 2020/2021 rollout (more on that below).
Series stars Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) and Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon) had some great news to share with fans early Monday, taking to Marvel Studios' Instagram account to post a "story" announcing that production on the streaming series was officially underway. Following that, Mackie jumped on Twitter to make it "uber-official" with a shot of their respective on-set director's chairs.
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 4, 2019
The news comes less than a week after series showrunner and executive producer Malcolm Spellman took to Instagram to officially recognize the first day of filming (though it's since been taken down). Sharing a look at his customized set chair back, Spellman has this to say:
"Craaazy to see it come to life. Marvel ain't allowing photos from set right now but this a huge day for a lot of people including me"
Directed by Kari Skogland and expected to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier stars Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson aka Falcon), Emily VanCamp (SHIELD agent Sharon Carter), Daniel Bruhl (Baron Zemo), and Wyatt Russell (John Walker aka US Agent).
While late 2020 looks to be a big one for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it's just the opening salvo in what Disney+ has planned Marvel-wise for 2021. On the television/streaming side, "Phase 4" continues with both WandaVision and Loki scheduled for Spring 2021. From there, fans can look to Summer 2021 for What If…? and then Fall 2021 for Hawkeye.