With Endgame now finally becoming a distant memory, though still well on its way to setting all-time box office records, it’s time to look at what’s to come for the MCU. Most notably, and most clearly set up by the film itself, are the new streaming series that will debut on Disney+ over the course of the next year and change.
While each series (including Loki, Hawkeye, and WandaVision) is in various stages of production, one in particular is already starting to solidify more firmly behind the scenes. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, reuniting Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan‘s duo of Cap buddies, has already picked its writer in Malcolm Spellman, but now its selected a director too in Kari Scogland (whose work includes The Handmaid’s Tale, Netflix’s The Punisher, and more).
But what’s coming in front of the camera is probably the bigger lede here, as both Emily VanCamp and Daniel Bruhl have entered into talks to join the series. VanCamp, as you know, played Sharon Carter, who appeared in both The Winter Soldier and Civil War; basically as a love interest that seemingly no one has much interest in, even the filmmakers it turned out given her total lack of appearance in the latest two Avengers movies (and well, everything else…). And Bruhl played the bad guy that splintered the Avengers in the first place in the MCU’s version of Zemo.
Two fascinating potential additions, I’m especially interested in Zemo returning as so few MCU bad guys ever do (Loki and Red Skull aside, though hat-tip to Drew Pearce for his efforts with the Mandarin and Justin Hammer), but Carter’s role in the series will be a curious one. Given where her potential love interest went, will there be any sort of reference to that? You can’t just ignore it, and the possible implications therein…personally, I’m hoping she’s serving either an M-like role for the two title heroes or perhaps she’s even a competing agent of sorts, hunting down Bucky (who is indeed still wanted by the Feds, now that I think about it).
Still, I’m surprised they haven’t officially changed the title of the show. Though we have learned that it will be 6 episodes total, which is about as much as one can reasonably expect for busy actors like the ones involved here. I’m excited to see the (actual) MCU work on a broader, longer-form canvas. Maybe they’ll even explain why Zemo’s accent is completely different from the one Wanda and Pietro were sporting in Ultron. Who knows?!?
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