Marvel drops its final trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier before its debut tomorrow. Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan as the respective titular the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we follow the duo on their journey in coping in a post-Captain America world.
It's not just trying to stop the bad guys (there's plenty of them in the form of Zemo, played Daniel Brühl; Flag-Smasher, played by Erin Kellyman; Batroc, played by Georges St-Pierre), they, especially the Falcon, has to deal with being a black superhero in today's America.
Malcolm Spellman, the head writer for the series, do not want to shy from talking about race and other social issues. In an interview with Polygon, Spellman says that [a Black man symbolising the best of America, in a time where the country does not treat him like an American], the two go hand-in-hand […] we would be dishonest if we tried to run from it. And I do think Marvel has proven with Black Panther that you can have substance in MCU stories.
It would be interesting to see how the six-episode series would tackle real-world complications, especially when the enemy the Falcon and Bucky are tackling happens to be the abstract and very real notion of racisim.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be released on March 19, 2021 and will be shown exclusively on Disney+.