We’re less than a day out from the premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and the unbridled excitement is real.
The six-part series sees the triumphant return of two Marvel Cinematic Universe favorites that have long-since been waiting for their chance in the spotlight, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes and Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson. The two will team up on a global adventure that tests both their skills and their patience with one another, wrapped up neatly with their patented brand of snarky friendship.
It’s been a busy day between the virtual launch event and new teasers galore, and we’ve even shared our spoiler-free thoughts on the first episode! To top it all off, Marvel Studios has also shared a conversation with Stan, Mackie, director Kari Skogland, and creator and head writer Malcolm Spellman.
Langston Belton led the group through some various questions to explore the basis of the series, starting off by asking what’s changed for these characters since we last saw them. Well, according to Mackie and Stan, Bucky has new pants and a haircut, and Sam obtained some new and interesting gadgets.
Meanwhile, Spellman stated that the whole series is born from “the existential crisis of a Black man dealing with the shield and Bucky Barnes and Sam dealing with the fact that the most important person in their lives and the MCU [Steve Rogers] is gone.” Mackie also added, “Most people say post-blip, but I think for the two of them [Sam and Bucky] it’s post-Steve.”
For Sam, the lives of his family have continued while he was gone in the blip, and now he’ll have to reintegrate back into that. As for Bucky, he’s maybe healed … but maybe not.
Because the series is a six-hour-long adventure, Skogland referred to the MCU films as being a snack, whereas The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is the meal. This is largely due to the fact that we’ll finally have a chance to spend a much longer time with these characters and really get to know them. Spellman also explained how each of the heroes are given an entire personal storyline that has nothing to do with the villains, and these stories will be fraught with emotion.
Don’t miss the premiere of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier exclusively on Disney+ tomorrow, March 19!