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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ was slightly edited for violence. Here’s why

A pair of the scenes in ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ were updated on accident

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Ayo and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

Ayo (Florence Kasumba) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

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Two scenes in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” were edited for mature content and violence by accident.

Driving the news: The Direct (via Polygon) found that two moments in the third episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” — titled “The Power Broker” — had been modified for graphic and mature content.


One scene shows former Hydra scientist Dr. Nagel after he was shot.

  • The original frame showed blood splattered around the scientist.
  • The new one edited the blood out.

A second scene showed Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes throwing a pipe at an attacker.

  • The original version showed the pipe slicing through the attacker’s arm.
  • The revised version shows the pipe spinning out of frame.
  • The scene of the pipe going through flesh remains.

Why it happened: An unnamed Disney+ source told io9 that the changes were made “due to a version control issue uploading a cut of the episode in error.”

What’s next: Disney+ is working to update the episodes to restore them to their original version.

The bigger picture: Disney+ added a number of mature titles in recent weeks, adding TV-MA Marvel titles (formerly on Netflix) onto the streaming service, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • The decision to add these shows was a sign that the platform may become more than a family-friendly streaming service.