Falcon and the Winter Soldier is “like a six-hour movie”
Staff Reporter | On 29, Jun 2020Reading time: 6 mins
Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Solider is “like a six-hour movie”, star Anthony Mackie has teased.
The series is the first of the Marvel Studios shows for Disney’s new subscription streaming platform, paving the way for a new era of Marvel’s gargantuan media machine, which will span both TV and films in a particularly interconnected form. Falcon and the Winter Soldier sees Mackie and Sebastian Stan, who play Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier on the big screen, reprise their roles for the show, alongside Emily VanCamp joining them as Sharon Carter and Daniel Brühl as scheming mastermind Zemo, plus Wyatt Russell as John Walker and Carl Lumbly.
Production has since been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped Mackie talking about the show to Variety. Chatting with Daveed Diggs for the trade mag’s Actors on Actors issue, he said: “We were in Europe, and everything got crazy in Europe first. So they shut us down two weeks before the US shutdown. It was really amazing just because I feel like we’re the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints. And that was always my [experience], ‘It’s Marvel, we could shoot forever.’ And they’re like, ‘Nah.’ So it was a very different experience from the rest of the movies. But at the same time, it was a lot of fun.”
Indeed, the series is reportedly costing something like $150 million, far from the $350 million cost for Avengers: Endgame but far higher than your average TV series.
“Those movies are like summer camp,” Mackie noted. “And this show, it was no different. It was the same group of people, coming together to make it work. And so the stunt stuff — everything is just on another level. Every show, every movie, they just push it — they push the envelope so much. So hopefully, knock on wood, we’ll be going back soon.”
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” he continued. “Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’ The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.”
You can get a glimpse of the show in this Disney+ teaser video from the start of the year.
Supergirl’s Carl Lumbly joins The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
20th February 2020
Supergirl’s Carl Lumbly is moving from DC to Marvel with a role in new Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The House of Mouse’s subscription service, which launches on 24th March in the UK, is leaning heavily on known Disney brands for its original content, with a whole wave of MCU characters being given their own solo series, including Loki and the Scarlet Witch. First out of the gate, though, will officially be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Marvel Studios stars Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, who play Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and Sam Wilson/Falcon, will reprise their roles for the series, which will see the duo team up for more adventures with Emily VanCamp joining them as she reprises her role as Sharon Carter, and Daniel Brühl back as scheming mastermind Zemo. Wyatt Russell will also star as John Walker.
Lumbly, who played the father of J’onn J’onzz, aka. the Martian Manhunter, on Supergirl, has previously appeared in This Is Us and Altered Carbon, and worked opposite Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. in Men of Honor.
His character in the Marvel series is unknown, but speculation is already mounting that he could be playing Isaiah Bradley, also known as the “black Captain America”.
Kari Skogland is directing the show and the head writer is Malcom Spellman. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will launch on Disney+ in August.
Production begins on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier for Disney+
12th November 2019
Production is now underway on the new Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
The House of Mouse’s subscription service, which launched this week in the USA, has made no secret of its plan to tap into Disney’s large volume of brands and characters, from Star Wars’ The Mandalorian to a Monsters, Inc. animation. MCU characters, meanwhile, are being given their own solo series, including Loki and the Scarlet Witch. First out of the gate, though, will officially by The Falcon and Winter Soldier.
Marvel Studios stars Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie, who play Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier and Sam Wilson/Falcon, took to the Marvel Studios Instagram account this week to share some exciting news: that filming has started on the show.
Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson have been enemies, and they’ve been friends. The new series promises more adventures from the pair, with Emily VanCamp joining them as she reprises her role as Sharon Carter. Wyatt Russell will also star as John Walker.
Kari Skogland is directing and head writer is Malcom Spellman. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will launch on Disney+ in 2020 – good news for British fans, who are awaiting the launch of Disney+ on UK soil on 31st March 2020.
Disney lines up Falcon-Winter Soldier series
1st November 2018
Disney’s streaming service is wasting no time lining up its franchise chickens before the platform has even hatched, with two MCU favourites about to get their own series.
The House of Mouse’s subscription service, which aims to take on Netflix, is being launched on an unknown date in an unknown number of territories. What we do know, though, is that Disney has a huge volume of brands to tap into for high-profile content. While Jon Favreau is working on Star Wars series The Mandalorian and casting is underway for a High School Musical reboot, Disney is now turning to Marvel for its next online series – and Falcon and Winter Soldier are first in line.
Variety reports that Malcolm Spellman has been tapped to write a series featuring the two heroes. They are, of course, no stranger to the screen, played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in several MCU films to date, including Avengers: Infinity War. Both have become key players in the Captain America strand of the franchise, as either could be positioned to inherit Cap’s shield for the next Phase of Marvel movies, as Chris Evas bows out of the role. Whether either actor would reprise their part on the small screen, and whether there would be any continuity with the big screen blockbusters, are just some of the factors that Spellman will have to navigate as the project is developed.
Spellman previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on Empire and penned Our Family Wedding. His hiring marks the first step in Disney’s plans to produce a number of its own Marvel streaming series, separate to its Netflix shows. While Netflix has recently cancelled its Iron Fist and Luke Cage shows, Disney’s is on smaller supporting characters, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch. Any limited series that do make it are expected to be shorter than Netflix’s shows, spanning six to eight episodes.