Marvel Studios goes from one odd couple to another with its second ever TV miniseries, which follows the exploits of Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) as they struggle to fill the void left by Captain America. Just don’t call them a team.The six-part series is set in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, six months after the Avengers defeated Thanos and his army in 2019’s Endgame.
Release date: Friday, March 19
New episodes: every Friday at 12am midnight PT / 3am ET / 7am GMT (8am GMT from episode 3 onwards)
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Wyatt Russell, Emily VanCamp
Director: Kari Skogland
Watch now: stream The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney Plus from just $6.99/£7.99/AU$11.99 a month
The shield presented by the aged Steve Rogers is weighing heavily on Sam’s shoulders, while Bucky isn’t adjusting to modern life without his best friend too well – but they’re going to have to put aside their differences and get each other’s backs, because there are some foes, both new and old, who are going to take some sorting out.
Master manipulator Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) returns to our screens for the first time since instigating the Civil War of 2016 – only this time he’s sporting that traditional purple mask from the comics.
And there are very different threats posed by John F. Walker (Wyatt Russell), a state-sponsored Cap rip-off intent on seizing the mantle, and the Flag-Smashers, an anarchist group led by Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman).
Follow our guide as we explain how to watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier online and stream the Avengers spin-off today – as one of six limited Marvel TV series to come to the platform this year, there’s no reason not to grab a great value Disney Plus subscription right now!
How to watch The Falcon and the Winter Soldier online and stream the new Marvel show on Disney Plus now
As Disney Plus has now rolled out in North America, Europe and parts of Asia and Latin America, watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier using the service is easier than ever. If you’re located in a country that does have access to Disney Plus, you just need to head to the Disney Plus website and sign up for the service to watch.
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What else should I know about Disney+?
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In addition, now that Disney has set the precedent of releasing movies like its live-action Mulan remake on the service instead of in theaters through its Disney Plus Premier Access program, expect the company to keep bring more blockbuster films that were originally intended to be shown on the big screen to Disney Plus in 2021. Most recently, it’s the way to watch Raya and the Last Dragon online.
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: is it any good?
If you want to know more about the new Marvel show but can’t bear spoilers, then take a look at TechRadar’s full Falcon and Winter Soldier preview. What we are happy to tell you is that our first impressions are that this has all the hallmarks and quality of the very best movies in the Marvel canon. Of course, there’s no substitute for watching your favorite superheroes on the big screen, but we’ll gratefully take this serving and are relishing the plot unwinding over several weeks.
And if you’re somebody who’s taking this opportunity to watch Marvel movies in order, then it’s worth taking a look at our dedicated article on when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier set in the MCU.