The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s first episode premiered on Disney+ last Friday. The series’ opened with an action-packed intro, but the episode settled down to a slower pace that helped to set up a lot of what is to come over the next five weeks.
In a recent interview, director Kari Skogland revealed that the series takes place around six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. The surprise of half of the world’s population suddenly appearing again has passed, and now people are being forced to deal with the reality of the situation. During the Blip, countries were forced to co-operate more and it seems as if Earth’s population unified to face the challenge. When people returned, the world has reverted to it’s previous state.
Episode one of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier introduced us to a group known as the Flag-Smashers that preferred life during the Blip. While we don’t have much info on them yet, it appears from previous trailers that the mysterious group will play a large role in the series.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Kari Skogland and head writer Malcolm Spellman shared more information about the Flag-Smashers.
Skogland stated that even though there is a Flag-Smasher in the Marvel comics, the stories in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are unique:
Spellman also revealed that “people think they know [what’s going on with the Flag-Smashers] and they don’t.” He went on to tease more information about the group’s motives:
While fans expected Baron Zemo to be the main protagonist in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, it’s clear that the Flag-Smashers will have a prominent role to play in the series. The group’s motives of a unified world without borders sounds good at face value, but it’s clear from their raid on the Swiss bank that their methods aren’t necessarily legal.
Episode 2 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will release on Friday, March 26th.