Disney is really stepping on the gas: Dozens of new series revolving around the Marvel and Star Wars universes were only announced in the fall, and the second series restart took place last week after the Marvel sitcom “WandaVision”, which was released to the public how criticism was well received.
But now they are breaking all records: As Disney announced, the first episode of the six-part series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” triggered the highest number of hits ever recorded on Disney + last weekend, both in the US and worldwide. However, Disney did not publish the number of views.
So what’s the deal with the latest series from the Marvel Cinemativ Universe (MCU)? The Disney group has been milking the franchise successfully for years, but the time is unfavorable for big blockbusters in the cinema. It is all the more important that you provide the fans with new material, and then also with heroes from the Marvel Comics who have not yet made it into an independent cinema adventure, such as Winter Soldier and The Falcon. Is that why they are inferior heroes? No, because at Disney every superhero gets his chance, even if it’s as a series. With great click success, as I said.
The MCU has since expanded into various sub-plots and storylines that only true hardcore fans may be able to comprehend conclusively. But those who indulge in the first episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” will definitely be rewarded visually, regardless of whether they are completely up-to-date or only have little MCU knowledge. But it should be some kind of knowledge.
Sam Wilson alias Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes alias Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) have to find their way in a whole new world after the events of “Avengers 4: Endgame”. On his return, Falcon received Captain America’s (Chris Evans) legendary shield, which he did not accept, but handed it over to a museum. He would rather continue fighting crime as a Falcon. But soon the shield disappears without a trace, at the same time a mysterious formation appears that wants to plunge the world into chaos.
At Bucky Barnes, however, the signs point to reparation. He wants to undo as much as possible the deeds he committed as a Winter Soldier. However, the threat that soon descends on everyone forces the two heroes to band together and fight. There is of course headwinds in the form of her old acquaintance Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and Super Patriot (Wyatt Russell), who would like to call himself the new Captain America.
Who will be Captain America?
That’s the basic question of this series: Who will inherit Captain America in the MCU? Episode one presents a potential candidate straight away, but it shouldn’t remain the only one, at least that’s what the speculating fan base thinks on all kinds of websites on the subject. From now on, Disney + will release a new episode every week, which is why the fans have to be patient – the tactic is almost reminiscent of good old analog television, where one became more tense from episode to episode.
On the production side, Marvel has apparently spent a lot of money to make the first season of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, written by Malcolm Spellman and Derek Kolstad and directed by Kari Skogland, look correspondingly opulent. A fast-paced action opening sequence with a Falcon in action in the sky and with many exploding helicopters in no way suggests that this is a series produced for television. This is also great Hollywood cinema what Marvel is presenting. Which may be due to the fact that the series was produced directly under the aegis of Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and one does not want to scare the loyal fans away with lukewarm series fever. Because one thing is fixed, as the enthusiasm of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” shows: The belief in the return of the cinema in the distribution chain of films has not given up at Disney for a long time.