While WandaVision is definitely the weirdest Marvel project, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier combines an awkward buddy comedy with superhero action. Maybe a return to form, but we’re not mad about it.
In an interview with EW, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan talked their series and teased what to expect.
Tackling the dynamic of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, first showcased in Captain America: Civil War, was something that made head writer Malcolm Spellman (Empire) excited.
“There’s a real chemistry there. Imagine getting to write the first installment of a buddy-cop series, knowing exactly what the rhythm and flavor is with the two characters before you even start.”
Given that Mackie and Stan, while fan favorites on screen and off, have largely been in sidekick roles. The series gets to dive into each man’s psyche. Meanwhile, Spellman had to make sure while Sam was wrestling if he wanted to be Captain America, if the rest of the world was ready for a Black Captain American. He said, “The idea of whether or not a Black man could become Captain America just felt like a huge moment and a huge opportunity.”
And if fans are worried about losing that great comedic Mackie-Stan double act, Mackie is here for some assurance, “It still feels like you’re in a Philip K. Dick novel [or] a Tom Clancy movie. But at the same time, it’s Sebastian and I, and we’re idiots, so you get more of us being ourselves.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres on Friday. March 19 on Disney+.
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