Phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got off to a successful start with the release of WandaVision on Disney+. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will continue that momentum when episode one premieres this Friday.
One interesting aspect that the series will explore is the dynamic between Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes as they learn to adjust to life following the retirement of Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. In a recent interview with Collider, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director, Kari Skogland, revealed another interesting plot point based on the series’ place within the MCU timeline.
Collider revealed that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will take place at least six months after the events of Avengers: Endgame. For TFatWS’s main characters, that means coming to terms with the loss of some close friends and learning to deal with the fact that they both vanished for five years. In the wider world, however, Skogland reveals that it’s six months since half of the world’s population suddenly returned, the joy has passed and now people are learning to live in that reality.
Skogland also went on to reveal how the world changed during the five years after Thanos’s snap in Avengers: Infinity War.
This isn’t the first time that fans have seen life after the blip. In 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home we saw how Peter Parker’s school had to adjust as some pupils had aged five years while other’s had simply vanished and returned at the same age. WandaVision gave us a slightly scarier version of the post-snap world through the eyes of Monica Rambeau when she suddenly appeared in the same place that she had vanished five years previously.
From Skogland’s comments, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will give us a deeper look at how the blip has changed the world. It will also be interesting to see if Sam and Bucky are aware of the events of WandaVision. Based on its place in the MCU timeline, Wanda’s Hex-pansion will have occurred around five months earlier.
The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere this Friday.