12 Fascinating Falcon and the Winter Soldier Facts Revealed in New Documentary

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The fight between the Flag-Smashers, Sam, Bucky, John Walker, and Lemar in the second episode was apparently one of the most difficult scenes to shoot. First of all, it was supposed to be in Germany but was shot in Atlanta. Also, it was all contained on two moving trucks, which is basically impossible in real life. So almost everything in the scene is visual effects—from the trucks, to the tires, to removing of wires, the mountains, basically everything, including the actors when it was necessary.

Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s Showrunner Will Write Captain America 4

It’s his shield now.

It’s his shield now.
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Sam Wilson is Captain America. And he’s getting a movie to flex his shiny new wings.

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner and lead writer Malcolm Spellman has been tapped to co-write Captain America 4, which will see Anthony Mackie reprise his role as Sam Wilson and as the titular hero, having earned the mantle over the course of his just-concluded Disney+ streaming show. Dalan Musson, a staffwriter on the series, will co-write with Spellman.

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Captain America 4 Is a Go With Anthony Mackie

That’s his shield now.

That’s his shield now.
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Sam Wilson is Captain America. And he’s getting a movie to flex his shiny new wings.

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The Hollywood Reporter has word that Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner and lead writer Malcolm Spellman has been tapped to co-write Captain America 4, which will see Anthony Mackie reprise his role as Sam Wilson and as the titular hero, having earned the mantle over the course of his just-concluded Disney+ streaming show. Dalan Musson, a staff writer on the series, will co-write with Spellman. No director is currently attached to the project, and there are no further details as to who in the Marvel roster could potentially star alongside Mackie.

No details were made available beyond that, but this presumably will pick up on the many threads left in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, either taking a second season off the table or pushing it much, much further down Marvel’s many plans across theatrical and streaming channels. We’ll bring you more on Captain America 4 as and when we learn it.


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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Wants to Tackle Big Issues, Fictional and Otherwise

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This is a key relationship in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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All Disney+’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier needed to be was Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan talking shit and beating up bad guys. If it was that and only that, it would have been great—but Marvel Studios isn’t satisfied with just great. In a world where Sam Wilson has been given Captain America’s shield and half the galaxy’s population has just reappeared out of nowhere, obviously there are more interesting stories to tell, in addition to plenty of shit-talking and beating up bad guys.

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The first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will start streaming on Disney+ this Friday and with it, fans will get their best look yet at what the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks like after the events of Avengers: Endgame. That means no Iron Man and, more importantly, no Captain America. Unless Sam wants to step up to the shield.

That dilemma, and the aftermath of what’s come to be known in-universe as “the Blip,” is where you’ll find most of the drama in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Drama that’s being spearheaded by Malcolm Spellman, the show’s head writer and executive producer. Best known for his work on Fox’s Empire, Spellman spoke to io9 about the important issues the show deals with, how it initially developed at Marvel, and what excites him most about it all.


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Germain Lussier, io9: I’m curious about when you pitched the show and first got hired. How did that work? How many ideas were already in place? Were there any parameters or limits? Did they already have an ending in mind? How much freedom is there versus what Marvel already had planned?

Malcolm Spellman: All of that. I walked in, I say, “Kevin [Feige], this is how it’s going to go.” No. Marvel partners you with their creative execs. So I got lucky enough to be partnered with Nate Moore and his partner, Zoie Nagelhout, who grew up at Marvel. And they’re just in tune with Kevin and they present you with ideas to start a conversation.

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Almost everyone I’ve sat with thinks that [Marvel is] control freaks—and they’re not, because they know you’re working side by side with their creative team and they just want to get the conversation going. They want you to do the best you could do. So there was no ending. Like, there were definitely ideas. There was definitely a menu of characters. There were different arenas to play in. And then they make it clear that you’re free to change it. And of course, as we worked on this thing, it changed a million times. It is not preconceived notions. They want this stuff to be inspired and born from a truly fair and pure creative space, not from Marvel mandates on checking boxes. 

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io9: So what were the main ideas that made you want to do it? I mean, obviously, you walk in and you know it’s going to be Falcon and the Winter Soldier. You know it’s after Endgame. You know Sam’s been handed the shield. Beyond that, what were the main things that got you excited about this?

Spellman: Number one, getting to unpack all that baggage that Bucky has accrued and all the fans being aware of it. And to present Bucky not as a tortured hero, but as a human being who has been burdened for so long. Basically, whether you have a friend who has a terrible spouse or a friend that has an addiction issue or a friend that’s dumping money into a house that they need to get rid of, we all have those people in our lives that we wish would break off the thing that’s weighing them down. And by doing that, I think Bucky became super relatable and super modern in that fans got to see him dealing with the same kind of stuff they do. Same holds true for Sam. We want both these heroes to emerge as people who have a real-life story that makes them relatable and makes them modern in how common their struggles are at home.

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io9: I love that. Now, this show is so ingrained in the idea of the Blip and after the Blip. More than the movies have so far, you really dig into the realities of the anger and division that that created. Was that an idea that kind of developed in your discussions? Was it already there? And what is it like coordinating that to make sure it lines up with anything else that comes after?

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Spellman: Yeah, I mean, we very early on knew that that was the thing we wanted. When you’re doing a buddy two-hander, one thing that genre does really well, people always think of the humor, but what buddy two-handers do is use humor to tackle real issues without ever boring the audience or losing the fun.

And so the Blip was just an issue that was so attractive to me because everybody, when we first started, was feeling out of sorts, you know what I’m saying? Everybody is feeling like things are changing. The Blip was the perfect embodiment of that. And then some magic happened, which is we got shut down because we had to deal with covid. And covid, obviously, is an international tragedy, but the magic of the shutdown was that we got to connect the Blip to that even more directly.

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io9: You mentioned real issues. One of the things that Kevin Feige has been saying in interviews is how the show is going to address social issues regarding race. And in the pilot, we get that with the scenes [spoiler redacted]. But I was wondering if you could explain a bit more about how real-world issues of racism are going to work into the framework of a superhero show.

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Spellman: I mean, there’s no way around it. The shield in Steve Rogers’ hands looks very, very different than the shield in Sam’s hand. And a Black man carrying that symbol is not a thing that is necessarily appropriate. And Sam’s got to deal with that because he was tasked with this great thing from Steve. Yet he is decidedly not only Black, but from the South, you know what I’m saying? And that’s not going nowhere, that issue. I can’t wait to see y’all…because the great thing about Marvel is you’re able to tackle those issues in ways that are left of obvious because there is always somebody that embodies an issue and then is able to bring it to life in a unique way.

io9: So do you think the fact that America would be such a shitty place for Black people plays into his debate to not immediately just take the mantle of Cap?

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Spellman: I think it’s right there on the surface. I mean, it’s not an accident that you see [spoiler redacted] talking in that first episode. They are the two…like again, T’Challa is African and does deal with issues—his point of view is Black, but it’s African. And not only is he African, he’s royalty, you know what I’m saying? I mean, as far as he’s concerned, he is top of the food chain wherever he goes. In America, the identity of Blackness is very, very different and the relationship with the Stars and Stripes is very, very different and Sam is not hiding from that and has to cope with it. Yeah, that’s right there.


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Kevin Feige Teases The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s Mysterious New Marvel Comics Location

Sam and Bucky are going travelling.

Sam and Bucky are going travelling.
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Morning SpoilersIf there’s news about upcoming movies and television you’re not supposed to know, you’ll find it in here.

Fede Alvarez teases his Texas Chainsaw Massacre follow-up. Work has begun on Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers and The Midnight Club. Henry Golding teases reshoots on Snake Eyes. Plus, what’s to come on Supergirl and The Flash. To me, my spoilers!

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In a recent interview with Bloody-Disgusting, director Fede Alvarez described the next Texas Chainsaw Massacre film as “Old Man Leatherface, suggesting it will follow the recent trend of sequel-ignoring follow-ups in the vain of 2018’s Halloween. 

It is a direct sequel, and it is the same character. It is old man Leatherface.


Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

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Peter Pan & Wendy

Coming Soon reports production has additionally begun on Disney’s live-action Peter Pan.

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/Film reports Blumhouse is producing eight new horror films exclusively for Pennyworth’s EPIX. The first in the series, A House on the Bayou, comes from writer-director Alex McAulay and is said to follow “a troubled couple and their preteen daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect as a family. But when unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel, as terrifying secrets come to light.”

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The Falcon and the Winter Solider

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Feige hints that the show will utilize a location that was not “previously available” to Marvel Studios prior to the Disney-Fox merger:

There’s a setting in particular that people have already glimpsed in some of the trailers that is a setting from the Marvel Comics that was not previously available to us, but it’s more of an Easter egg in and of itself.

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Previous set pictures included elements of the Madripoor flag as set dressing, suggesting that Feige is teasing the infamous Southeast Asian island nation home to many of the Marvel Comics universe’s most notorious gangs and lucrative business dealings—and has many ties to the X-Men.

Meanwhile, in conversation with Comic Book Movie, series writer Malcolm Spellman appears to confirm Danny Ramirez plays Falcon’s successor, Joaquin Torres.


Supergirl

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The Midnight Club

Production has officially begun on Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Christopher Pike’s The Midnight Club.

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Sasquatch

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Black Lightning

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Is a Show to Dissect, But in a Different Way From WandaVision

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has always trained fans to look ahead. To uncover the mysteries. Piece together the connections. Nowhere has that been more evident than in WandaVision, Marvel’s first Disney+ TV series. Fan speculation and excitement for WandaVision was so feverish, in fact, it’s almost a shock that the next show in the MCU, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, comes only a few weeks later.

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With WandaVision, the world saw how Marvel fans would react to getting a nice piece of content every week for the first time—and they were ravenous. Social media, blogs, and vlogs alike all trying to figure it out in real-time. The team behind The Falcon and The Winter Soldier saw that and, with their show on deck, began to feel the heat.

Last weekend, io9 spoke with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier writer and executive producer Malcolm Spellman and asked him about the fan environment post-WandaVision. Did seeing how the fans reacted to the first series recontextualize how he looked at his own show?

“You feel immense pressure from that, right?” Spellman said of the internet’s reaction. “WandaVision is a mystery and a puzzle in and of itself. And that’s going to trigger fans, especially Marvel fans. They know this whole mythology. They know the books and who knows where it could be going. And of course, that’s going to fire them up.”

“Our show is much more open in the storytelling,” he continued. “And I’m hoping that fans will sort of take what’s happening in the moment [of the show] and the urgency and humanity of what’s happening in the moment at face value, because we’re not playing with as much of a mystery thing.”

Which isn’t to say there won’t be mystery or intrigue in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier or that there won’t be plenty to dig into. It just won’t necessarily be “Who is behind it all?” or “Will Reed Richards show up?” It’ll be more like “Why are these characters reacting this way?” and “What does this say about the world?”

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We dug into a lot more with Spellman, including the kinds of things fans should be thinking deeper about while they watch this Marvel series. Find out more when the rest of our interview runs later this week. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier debuts Friday on Disney+.

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