‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Explainer: Catch Up on the Heroes’ History

Longtime fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feel right at home with “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” but for those who have missed out on the franchise’s films — especially the “Captain America” and “Avengers” films — some of the references in the new Disney+ series are bound to be confusing.The Disney+ show doesn’t offer anything in the way of an explainer about The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), who have each appeared in a handful of the franchise’s film installments.

Here’s a quick rundown on each character’s backstories:The Falcon, Aka Sam Wilson, debuted in 2014’s “Captain America: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” The character is a former pararescueman in the U.S.

Air Force who happened to cross paths with Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).

The two struck a quick friendship and Steve and Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff

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