The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Everything You Need to Know About These Marvel Characters Before Watching

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Fresh off of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) first foray into live-action television, many of us are still mulling over WandaVision and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). And, of course, many more of us are still singing along to "Agatha All Along," the unexpected earworm that topped the iTunes charts and made a splash on TikTok. But, just weeks after the WandaVision finale, Marvel’s second live-action TV endeavor, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is landing on Disney Plus.

Starring Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, the six-part miniseries is sure to fill that Marvel-shaped void in your life. Without a doubt, highly rated shows like WandaVision and The Mandalorian, a Star Wars tie-in, are the reasons to subscribe to Disney Plus. The only problem? For newbies, jumping into these storied franchises can be intimidating.

In the case of the MCU, there are a whopping 23 released movies in its repertoire (plus WandaVision), which might be too much to marathon for casual viewers. So, whether you’re looking to get caught up enough to enjoy what’s sure to be TV’s next big hit or you’re a fan in need of a refresher, we’re diving into everything you need to know about Sam, Bucky and the Avengers. Needless to say, spoilers ahead!