With only a matter weeks to the launch of Disney + in the USA. It’s fair to say that there is a lot of excitement from fans of pretty much every franchise that is now under Disney’s banner. But a lot of it is surrounding the various Marvel TV shows that the new streamer will be adding to its schedule in the months ahead.
One of the biggest potential draws for the new service to get subscribers is ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’, which will act as a continuation of the partnership that we saw get forged in ‘Avengers Endgame’ when the older Captain America gave Falcon his shield. This show will likely be the biggest test of Marvel’s continued popularity on both the small and big screen given that it is one of a couple of tie in series spun off from the Cinematic Avengers universe.
At present ‘Falcon and Winter’ soldier’ is the only live-action series that Marvel has begun filming on, which may mean we could see it as early as next year. The fact that it will be the streamer’s first live-action Marvel series on the air almost guarantees that it will be a success and potentially as important to Disney + as ‘Iron Man’ was to the launch of the cinematic universe. So Disney is banking a lot on this series.
Added to all of the pressure. The series will also act as a test for fan reaction to a Black Captain America. Which we hope will prove to be as successful as the Steve Rogers version of the character. The movie usurped some fan expectations of Winter Soldier getting the shield-like he did in the comics.
Marvel’s first forays into television was Agents of Shield, which has enjoyed a degree of success on ABC and has a pretty loyal fanbase after what was a bumpy start for that series. It was closely followed by ‘Agent Carter’, which spun off from the first ‘Captain America’ movie. These early attempts at building a Marvel television universe were closely followed by the edgier and more street-level Marvel heroes we saw on Netflix in the form of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Punisher. The Netflix shows were a darker and rougher take, but without the cosmic elements featured in the cinematic universe. Unfortunately, fans that wanted vague connections to the cinematic Marvel Universe were not particularly well served by the Netflix shows, but once again they did have a fairly loyal following and those that did watch were disappointed by their cancellation.
Unlike the shows mentioned above, that used television actors. ‘Falcon and Winter Soldier’ will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles. Which will be a huge selling point for those that enjoyed these two characters from the movieverse.
In short. We are rather excited to see where this new series will go and hope it will be a successful launch for Marvel on the new Disney + Streaming service. Us poor buggers in the UK will have to wait a while until the streaming service rolls out here though.