Despite pandemic-related shutdowns, phase four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in full swing over at Disney+. Jac Schaeffer’s WandaVision ushered in an exciting new mode of storytelling for Marvel, one that played with TV sitcom history as it dug deep into what trauma recovery really looks like.
The latest addition to the small-screen MCU, The Falcon And The Winter Soldier is set to make its debut on Friday, March 19, with much of the explosive action of the big-screen iteration. The series comes from Malcolm Spellman (Truth Be Told, Empire), who also serves as writer, and is helmed by veteran TV director Kari Skogland. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) must make sense of the post-blip, post-blip-undone world—and they’ll have to do it without their old buddy Captain America (emphasis now on old).
There will be plenty of familiar faces in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, though, and some intriguing new arrivals. Because so much happened in Endgame—and has happened since—The A.V. Club has put together a handy character guide to help you get caught up on the MCU and comics backstory before diving into The Falcon And The Winter Soldier.