“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – the premiere on March 19 on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar in India – follows WandaVision as the second series from Marvel Studios. Just like WandaVision, The Falcon and Winter Soldier have two avengers, but otherwise it’s nothing like that. While WandaVision was dedicated to episodic storytelling, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is being played as a six-hour film, director Carrie Skogland told reporters at Zoom in a virtual event on Sunday. And while WandaVision was inspired by decades of classic American comedy, Falcon and the Winter Soldier offers an action rate on the scale of Marvel’s cinematic universe.
“Just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean it won’t be as big as it can be as a movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feig, adding, “and we worked just as hard on it and put our blood on it. , sweat and tears. That’s why in this [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier episode 1] what most journalists have seen really starts with a bang. We kept saying, “If we’re going to do a series with Falcon and Winter Soldier in it, we should at least start with the best action we’ve ever seen.”
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In some ways, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier fits into a well-studied genre: friendly comedy. Except for Sam Wilson / Falcon and Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively, they have never been direct friends. They shared a mutual friend in Steve Rodgers / Captain America, played by Steve Rodgers, who grew old in time and continued at the end of The Avengers: The ultimate game. Now Sam and Bucky find themselves in a world without Captain Americaand as they try to honor his legacy, they must find a place for themselves in the new world.
“They’re actually in places like that, yes and no,” Stan said. “I mean, they’re in such places because of Steve’s lack and the consequences.” And that threw them both into almost opposite angles in terms of their lives, their demons, their issues. And they have different things to face, but they are definitely in a similar place when it comes to the questions they ask, I believe. “
“Study this issue [of their place in a post-Endgame, post-Cap MCU] is very embedded in the rainbow of both of these characters, where they are at the top of the show, “added Stan. “And actually to answer that question and explore that question is a lot of their journey throughout the show. Who am I now? What should I contribute? I mean [Captain America] do this and that, and so what will be my legacy? If I want that at all? So, there are all these pieces that are interesting. “
“[The Falcon and the Winter Soldier creator] Malcolm [Spellman] “I’m really in the mood for that,” Stan said earlier. “We are really finally getting closer to his quest for identity and we are really accepting his past and somehow re-educating ourselves about the world we are in now. The ideals and principles from which he may have lived and been guided by a moment that may no longer serve him in the same way. Obviously, this is always exciting for an actor. “
Like with WandaVision, the new a miracle The series will also look at the trauma they suffered, Fage said: “You can easily forget that, because sparkling portals open and people rejoice and a giant man hitting a flying lizard, but really, if you think about what we think. “What if we are these heroes, what if we experience this? There will be horrifying elements in this, which will have consequences for years to come. “And it’s a lot of fun to explore.”
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To develop this friendly comedic tone, Spelman reviewed a range of films in the genre. He mentioned Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy 48 hours which essentially launched the friendly cop genre in 1982. Spellman also checked the names of Richard Donner Lethal Weapon a series that began in 1987 with Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, in addition to Michael Bay Bad Boys since 1995 with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence and the martial arts-inspired 1998 Rush hour with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.
“You can go from as lavish as 48 Hours to as comedic as Rush Hour, but there’s the first deadly weapon and the first bad boys in between,” Spelman said. “And what we liked about it was that it allows Sebastian and Anthony to do what they do and create that magic, but it also allows for more creativity – if you have to deal with a real problem or if you have to get into something very Marvel-y, it’s a very, very enduring form of storytelling. “
Stan noted that as they researched the question of who Bucky was at the moment, they realized that “part of it really goes to his sense of humor, so to speak.” This really went into the tone of [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier] and in particular his dynamics with Sam Wilson – along with my own dynamics with Anthony and something like just marrying them both. “
Skogland also looked at some of the friendly films to develop The Falcon and the appearance of the Winter Soldier, including John Schlesinger’s 1969 drama. Midnight cowboy. But she also went beyond, “as crazy as” David Lean, the director of epics like The Quay River Bridge with William Holden and Alec Guinness, led by Peter O’Toole Lawrence of Arabic, and the drama period Transition to India.
“I really go very wide and then I try to put it in a pot and mix it up and come up with something unique and unrepeatable for us,” added Scoland.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: A Six-Hour Film
Of course, unlike all their inspirations, the team behind The Falcon and The Winter Soldier had no task to make a film. After all, this is a series, or as Skogland said, a six-hour film in which we figured out where to cut it into certain time stamps.
“I think a huge part of that process was that we weren’t just dealing with one episode at a time,” Spelman said. “[Movies are] vertical storytelling, right? They are compressed time and immediate action, they all build on one event. The series allows horizontal storytelling, and the rhythm of storytelling is completely different, as the characters can become friends, fall out and develop in very different ways.
“So, by focusing on this horizontal story and spreading on all of these topics, you’re talking about spreading where these characters will travel before we even know what the individual episodes are doing. Create the feeling you’re talking about [of weaving in various socioeconomic elements in a big action story] where there is almost like this tissue that is covered with the whole series and is born of the process. “
“You know what’s great – I called the movies a snack and it’s like eating – you can really connect with the characters in a way that in six hours you just can’t do in a movie,” Scogland said earlier. “Especially because movies are often high-octane, already immersed in some world rescue event. It is very difficult to understand that you are going for a small tangent with character, because the stakes are so high and this is a special direction.
“But in the series you can bend a little and we can get into the lives of our characters, we can make twists that are a little less straight to the end. I love this space to be able to get inside the characters and get into their lives. “
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2?
With the series there is a natural question: will there be a Falcon and a Winter Soldier season 2? Here’s what Fage would say for now: “It’s a funny question, and he’s obviously asking us a lot more on TV because people expect it to be what people used to know. “So where’s the second season?” We really approached it like movies. Which is, we’d better do this great, or we won’t be able to do anything else. “
“If we could do anything else.” [season], there are certainly ideas. The slight difference, of course, is as you all heard me say – and I think it’s clear with WandaVision – that they will really move back and forth between Disney + the Marvel series and studios [movies]. So where the characters show up and how, sometimes it will be in direct season 2. Sometimes it will be in [MCU movie]and then in extra season. [For The Falcon and the Winter Soldier], we just won’t say who does what this second does. “