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How The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Will Be The Complete Opposite Of WandaVision

Almost two weeks after WandaVision's explosive finale, heads are still reeling from the show's conclusion. While its known that the series won't be back for another season, fans will get to see Wanda again when she teams up with the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness – although they will sadly have to wait another year before the movie's release.

One of the big draw-ins for Marvel's WandaVision was its air of mystery. Each episode placed a small piece of the overall puzzle into place, allowing the audience to see the bigger picture a little at a time until the series' final episode. The fan theories online were wild with speculation, especially when a well-known member of the X-Men universe seemingly crossed over to the MCU. 

Now that the series has wrapped up, fans have The Falcon and the Winter Soldier to look forward to — but don't expect this show to be anything like its predecessor. Malcolm Spellman, the show's head writer, recently spoke with Inverse about the key difference between WandaVision and the new adventures of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes.

There's no mystery to solve in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

While WandaVision was meant to keep viewers guessing, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier invites them to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride, Spellman claims. "It's not about figuring something out, it is about characters," he told Inverse. "This is about a muscular story forcing these characters to rethink how they see themselves and confront how the world sees them."

According to Spellman, the feel of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is more of a "buddy two-hander," which is what Marvel had always intended for the series. It's akin to action buddy-cop movies, where two people who couldn't be more different are forced to team up for a common purpose, exchanging jabs and butting heads along the way. Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are as different as they come; while Sam likes to improvise for the moment and throw out wise cracks, Bucky has a strict regimen that requires following the rules and having a foolproof plan in place.

Spellman calls The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the "antithesis" of WandaVision, but that's not to say there is zero mystery involved — just that the audience won't have to strain themselves trying to theorize what's really going on. Fans can start watching the exciting new series when it comes to Disney+ on Friday, March 19, 2021.