It’s no secret that Marvel is developing several shows for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. They are currently working on a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who are yet to be given their own stand-alone movies. This includes TV shows focused on Loki and the Scarlet Witch starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
Now, according to new reports the company is also putting the Winter Soldier and Falcon together for a limited TV series.
Malcolm Spellman has been tapped to write the script for the show featuring the two superheroes. He has previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the hit series Empire.
The Winter Soldier and Falcon, played by Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie respectively, have both appeared in multiple Marvel films including the recent blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.
Sebastian Stan quickly became a fan favourite after making his debut as Sergeant Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. The character transformed into The Winter Soldier in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – a movie that also saw Anthony Mackie make his first appearance as Sam Wilson / The Falcon.
One of the unexpected highlights of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War was the chemistry between Steve Rogers’ closest friends. After watching Bucky and Sam develop a friendly rivalry on screen, fans started clamouring for a spin-off.
On their own, actors Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are fantastic playing Winter Soldier and Falcon – but together they are epic.
During the press tour for Avengers: Infinity War both actors said they’re open to the idea of teaming up for a spin-off, telling various media outlets that they are ready and interested whenever the subject came up.
Stan has even described his idea for a Winter Soldier/Falcon movie as a buddy comedy film: “To me, it’s like Martin Brest film classic, Midnight Run, you know. It’s really just sort of in my head, like, 48 Hours or a buddy comedy from the 80s or the 90s. That’s how I see it.”
The live-action titles Marvel and Disney are developing for the streaming service will be high budget shows, not unlike the movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each season will run six to eight episodes, and unlike most of Marvel’s Netflix and network television shows, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is expected to have an active role in their development.