Back in November, when Disney+ first launched, the service was like a rocket out of the gate, attracting millions of subscribers and touting its new, original series, such as “The Mandalorian.” However, since then, the service has struggled to populate its library with some high-profile originals. But that drought was seemingly coming to an end, as it’s been announced that Marvel Studios was going to debut “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” next month, kicking off the superhero genre’s arrival to Disney+. However, those plans seem to be thrown out of the window.
According to The Wrap, Disney+ is likely delaying the release of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” from its August debut to an unknown date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This isn’t an altogether surprising development, as the series has seen its production halted since March. But it was unclear how much of the series was already shot and if there was enough for Disney+ to debut the show and wait for the production to catch up in time for the final episodes. With this news, it’s clear that we’re still a long way away from Marvel Studios’ first original series hitting the streaming service.
This isn’t the only complication, however. We must also remember that Marvel Studios is a well-oiled content factory that is built on the idea of “everything is connected” and timing is critical. You can’t just skip ‘Falcon’ and jump straight to “Loki” or “WandaVision,” for example. As we saw with the delay of the film “Black Widow” from May to November, moving one project means the entire slate is shifted. And now with TV series factoring into the larger story, you have to coordinate theatrical and TV releases.
It’s been reported that “WandaVision” and “Loki” will have an impact on “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” for example. So, it’s unclear if there is a film that is waiting for the release of ‘Falcon’ and might be in trouble if that series isn’t released before it. But speculation is just that, speculation. We’ll have to see how Marvel Studios restructures everything when production begins again.
Here’s the synopsis for the series:
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities — and their patience.