Avengers: Endgame ended with an aged Steve Rogers (more on him in a minute) passing the mantle of Captain America to his friend and co-superhero Sam Wilson, a.k.a. The Falcon. However, things might not be going so smoothly where that’s concerned: the first trailer for TFatWS shows the shield jammed into the bark of a tree, as if someone threw it there. Plus, there appears to be someone else wearing a costume that looks suspiciously like Cap’s stars-and-stripes…
U.S. Agent: friend or foe?
That someone else, shown in the trailer high-fiving at a patriotic football halftime show, is confirmed to be new character John Walker, a.k.a. U.S. Agent (Lodge 49‘s Wyatt Russell). In the comics, Walker is called upon to replace Steve Rogers as Captain America but proves to be less than virtuous. Through the decades, U.S. Agent has been both a hero and a villain in Marvel comics, so it remains to be seen which one he’ll turn out to be in TFatWS — or maybe both?
What is Zemo up to?
Speaking of villains, TFatWS is bringing back a polarizing one: Captain America: Civil War’s Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl). Fans of the comics who were disappointed that Zemo didn’t get to don his characteristic purple mask will be gratified to see him go full supervillain, mask and all, in the TV series.
The trailer shows him in a heated confrontation with Bucky Barnes, who has an understandable bone to pick with Zemo after he activated the former assassin’s programming in Civil War. Will Zemo try to finish what he started in that movie, or does he have other plans?
Although Cap made it through Avengers: Endgame alive, but aged, Chris Evans has denied that he’ll make any appearance in TFatWS. So does that mean Steve Rogers is actually dead, just enjoying his retirement, or something else entirely? Whatever the situation is, his presence and legacy will certainly loom large over the whole series.
Will Sam and Bucky learn to get along?
So far, the two titular characters of TFatWS have had a less-than-smooth friendship, from Bucky (brainwashed, but still) kicking Sam off a helicarrier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Sam refusing to move his seat up for Bucky in Civil War. The trailer shows the two heroes sharing an affirming handshake, which is promising for fans hoping that Bucky and Sam will become real buddies. But that journey might be complicated by their pasts, not to mention Zemo, who has a pretty good track record of turning Avengers against one another.
Where are Wanda and Vision?
The few tidbits of WandaVision Marvel has given us raise way more questions than answers. Not only do our two characters jump from black and white to color and flash through different classic outfits (including — finally! — a version of the classic Scarlet Witch costume from the comics), but they don’t even seem to be in the same reality. At one point, Wanda is inside a black and white TV! We know from comics and movies that Wanda has the power to warp reality, so it’s possible that the two might be inside an elaborate story.
How is Vision alive?
We last saw Paul Bettany’s Vision being murdered by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. But in the trailer, he looks alive and well, rocking some retro plaid. Did Wanda or someone else find a way to bring him back… or are things not as they seem?
Are those pacifiers?
Blink and you’ll miss it, but eagle-eyed fans have noticed that in a certain trailer shot, not only are Wanda and Vision standing in front of two cribs, but a pair of pacifiers pop out at them, suggesting that the two will have babies, even if only in a dream sequence or alternate reality.
Fans of the comics know that the matter of Wanda and Vision’s kids is complicated, involving reincarnated soul fragments and Young Avengers Billy Kaplan and Tommy Shepherd. Could the pacifiers mean that we’ll be seeing those characters on-screen, too?
What’s Loki going to do with the Tesseract?
Last we saw fan favorite Loki (Tom Hiddleston), it was 2019 IRL, but 2012 onscreen. When the Avengers traveled back in time in Endgame, their hijinks allowed Loki to escape with the Tesseract, a.k.a. the Space Stone, one of the six infinity stones. And remember, 2012 Loki is just as villainous as ever, even if the realization of his nefarious plans in Thor: Ragnarok mostly involved putting on plays and eating grapes. Now that he’s got the Tesseract, he has unlimited power to travel interdimensionally through space.
Why is Loki in prison?
Our brief glimpse of Loki in the first trailer showed him in what looked like a prison uniform. But where he is (and possibly when — the series has been rumored to include time travel) is anyone’s guess. One hint: the letters on the uniform read “TVA,” which we’re guessing stand not for the Tennessee Valley Authority but the Time Variance Authority, an agency responsible for monitoring the multiverse and its alternate timelines.
Which movie favorites might make an appearance?
Besides the series’ title characters, there are quite a few MCU veterans, including some unexpected ones, joining the Disney+ shows. Emily VanCamp will feature in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, returning as Captain America’s former love interest (and niece of Captain America’s other former love interest) Sharon Carter.
Meanwhile WandaVision is bringing back a couple of puzzlingly unrelated characters: Thor’s Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Agent Woo (Randall Park), and a grown-up version of Captain Marvel’s Monica Rambeau, now played by Teyonah Parris.
Despite the stated movie tie-in, it hasn’t been announced if Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will make an appearance himself; it’s likely that Marvel Studios will want to keep that a surprise for viewers.
As for Loki, no guest stars from the movies have been announced yet, but chances are high that at least one Asgardian — like Chris Hemsworth’s Thor or Anthony Hopkins’s Odin — might show up.
How will these shows tie in with the movies?
So far, the only glimpse we’ve gotten of life in the MCU post-Endgame is Spiderman: Far from Home. The three Disney+ series will hopefully not only give us more insight into a post-snap/blip world, but set up things to come in the MCU. One major tie-in has been teased by producer Kevin Feige: Wanda Maximoff will feature heavily in the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Since Loki is caught up in some multiverse trouble — and he’s already met the Sorcerer Supreme — there’s a good chance he or other characters from his show might appear in that movie as well.
The three shows — just the first few of many planned on the Disney+ streaming service — are due to premiere later this year. Each one will tackle a different genre: TFatWS is a spy thriller team-up, Loki a time-hopping character study, and WandaVision a genre-bending riff on classic sitcoms.