Everything We Know About 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' on Disney+

The superhero team-up will be the first Disney+ Marvel show to arrive.


It’s been a long wait for another foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the one-two punch of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far from Home last year. That, of course, has a lot to do with the global pandemic that’s put a hold on all movie going. But Marvel fans might have something to look forward to in 2021: the release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the second of the planned superhero series heading to Disney+. So what do we know about this expansion of the world? Stick with us to find out. 

What’s it about? 

Well, it’s about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, duh! To clarify, it’s about Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), two pals of Captain America’s. At the end of Endgame, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers handed over his shield to Sam, essentially crowning him the next Cap. The first footage of the new show, which debuted in a Super Bowl trailer, features Sam working on his shield skills, while also flying around in his Falcon suit. Presumably, the show will feature Sam and Barnes teaming up to fight bad guys. 

Which bad guys? 

Daniel Brühl is back as Helmut Zemo, the bad guy who started all the chaos in Captain America: Civil War, by setting the explosion that killed Black Panther’s father. If you’ll recall, Bucky got blamed for that incident by like half the Avengers, and a bunch of infighting ensued. But, according to reports out of last year’s D23, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will also involve John Walker, a.k.a. Super-Patriot or U.S. Agent, a sort of jingoistic Cap. Wyatt Russell of Lodge 49 and 22 Jump Street will be playing him.

Who else is in the cast? 

Of course you’ve got Mackie, Stan, Brühl, and Russell in the cast, but there’s another familiar face who is in the case: Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, Peggy Carter’s grand-niece. Georges Batroc (George St-Pierre), the cool French kickboxing Macklemore haircut guy from The Winter Soldier, will also return. 

What else do we know about it? 

Well, it’s essentially going to be like a Marvel movie, but longer and released in multiple parts, if you can imagine. In a recent interview with Variety, Mackie said: “The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.” That’s just double the run time of Endgame so it’s not even that much longer than your average MCU outing.

When will it premiere? 

The scheduled release date had been August 2020, but that’s no longer the case. The show was still filming some material when coronavirus halted pretty much all TV production, and now it’s officially delayed for an unknown amount of time. Production resumed in September 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, after having been halted since March, and moved to the Czech Republic in October, and was completed by the beginning of November. 

How will it connect to the other MCU TV shows? 

We’re not sure yet! But we’ve also got WandaVision and Loki on the way so there is a lot of Marvel content heading to streaming.Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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