The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now streaming on Disney+ and in a recent interview, the cast and creators discuss not only what this show is all about, but also how they approached it. Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, says that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is basically a six hour-long movie. While yes, this story is told in a series setting, it was always thought of as a long Marvel movie, which is why it has the classic Marvel Cinematic Universe feel, especially when compared to the last Disney+ Marvel show, WandaVision.
Tackling This Show Like A Movie
The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier kicks off with an incredible action scene, and Feige says that was all by design. “Just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean it’s not gonna be as big as it possibly could be as a movie and that we were working just as hard on it and putting all of our blood, sweat, and tears into. Which is why, in the first episode, it really starts off with a bang. We kept saying, ‘If we’re gonna do a series with-with Falcon and Winter Soldier in it, we need to at least start off with the best action that we’ve ever seen.’ And we’ve seen a lotta cool action with both of them before.”
In regards to the possibility of there being a season two, Kevin says that is certainly not off the table. While they didn’t approach it like a season one and season two, there are ideas on the table for future stories with these two characters. These six episodes were truly approached like a movie, planning to stop each episode around the one hour mark. That being said, it needs to be successful before they go down that road. “We better make this great or we won’t be able to do another one” says Kevin. he also goes on to say that the way these Marvel Disney+ shows will work, is that the stories bounce between a show and a feature, so while there is a chance of a season two, it would likely pick up after a future film.
Focused On The Effects Of Endgame
Perhaps most importantly though, the goal of this show is to dive deep into the lives of Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson, and get to know them better. Fans know a little bit about their lives but this show is an opportunity to go deep, says Kevin. There is going to be a lot of PTSD talk in this show, and how both Sam and Bucky are dealing with not only the loss of a good friend in Steve Rogers, but the effects of Endgame and the blip.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier tackles a lot of real-life issues, not just PTSD. It also brings light to race in America and social-economical problems. When asked about how this was handled, Malcolm Spellman, the Head Writer, says that a huge part of the process was not just tackling one episode at a time. they spent months doing what they call vertical storytelling, versus horizontal story-telling. “Features are compressed time and immediate action – they all build towards one event. A series allows horizontal storytelling and the rhythm of the storytelling is completely different in that characters can befriend each other, fall out, and evolve in a much different way. So, by focusing on that horizontal story, and spreading across all those themes, spreading across where these characters journeys are gonna be, before we even know what the individual episodes do.”
Both Mackie and Stan feel that their characters have a mutual respect, understanding, and appreciation for each other because of their individual relationships with Steve. Even though they might not like each other, they understand what each other has been through, and this show is about that relationship they have with each other.
That Buddy Cop Genre
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier oozes buddy cop genre, and this was something that was planned from the start. Spellman explains that this idea came from a 12 second moment in Civil War. That is the moment that fans everywhere, and even Kevin Feige himself, knew that these two guys could carry an entire movie, show, or franchise. Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier, have incredible chemistry. As Malcolm put it, “You can go from as gritty as 48 Hours to as comedic as Rush Hour. [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier] is like the first Lethal Weapon or Bad Boys — what we like about it is it allows Sebastian and Anthony to do what they do and create magic, but also allows the broader creative to take on real issues. It is a durable way of storytelling.”
A fun fact about Anthony Mackie is that he is from New Orleans himself, so when he heard that Marvel was going to make Same Wilson from the same place as him, he requested he be allowed to eat crawfish on camera. Unfortunately for him, somebody said no, so this doesn’t happen in the season, but he was really excited to bring his character to where he is from. He was also excited to dive deeper to Sam, saying that this character has really evolved in the comic books, and now he has evolved in the MCU as well.
Sebastian Stan has spent ten years playing Bucky Barnes now, and was “pretty freaked out” about where his character goes in this show. Bucky’s attitude had been established in the MCU and to hone in on the comedic side of him made him nervous to tackle. “That really came into the tone of the series and particularly with his dynamic with Sam Wilson, along with my own dynamic with Anthony. That was scary and exciting. We’re really finally zooming in on his quest for identity in terms of accepting his past and re-educating himself about the world he is currently in.”
About The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of “Avengers: Endgame,” team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.
Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is airing on Disney+ now.