On the series, both Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (a.k.a. Winter Soldier) will try to figure out the best way to honor Captain America’s legacy now that Steve Rogers has officially retired from the role due to his advanced age. At the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, the elderly Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) passed his shield on to Sam, effectively christening him as the next Captain America. But just because Steve wanted Sam to be the next Captain America doesn’t mean he will be. Mackie told IGN that he isn’t the new Captain America at the start of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and series showrunner Malcolm Spellman also said fans shouldn’t go into the show expecting a clean transition from the end of Endgame.
In addition to the two leads, at least two more familiar faces from the MCU are returning for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who had a brief romantic fling with Steve (who, it must be noted, eventually married her aunt Peggy). Also back is Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo, the main villain from Captain America: Civil War who will also serve as the main antagonist for the series — only this time, he’ll be wearing his purple mask from the comics. Rounding out the main cast is Wyatt Russell as newcomer John Walker, a character with a 30-plus-year history in Marvel Comics under the monikers Super-Patriot, U.S. Agent, and… Captain America.