It has been a minute since we have seen anything major from Marvel Cinematic Universe on a major scale since the snap. Baby, they’re back!! . MCU is now on Disney Plus and being doled out in small doses. WandaVision blazed small screen first and now fans are able to obsesses over The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. One of the fortunate few to catch a preview glimpse , I can tell you unequivocally that fans will not be disappointed. Needless to say, it was an moment beyond excitement to attend a virtual press conference with stars Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Kevin Feige, Kari Skogland, Malcolm Spellman and last, but not least, Sebastian Stan (Winter Solider) hosted by The Undefeated’s Kelley Carter.
Kevin Feige breaks down why he wanted to bring these characters to Disney Plus. “So, it was really meant to prove to ourselves, audiences, Mr. Mackie and Stan that just because it’s on TV doesn’t mean it’s not gonna be as big as it possibly could be as a movie…which is why this first episode really starts off with a bang. Over the course of this series, we learn who the heck they are. We know a little bit about the poor Bucky Barnes and what he’d been through. Sam Wilson is an inherently moral man who had served our country and working with PTSD. So, it was really an opportunity to go-to go deep.” We meet Sam’s family and see how his absence has effected their livelihood professionally and personally, while simultaneously witnessing mental/emotional conflict for Bucky.
I couldn’t help thinking about great on-screen action duos like Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 Hours or Lethal Weapon stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. What makes Mackie and Stan the next great cinematic on-screen buddy duo? Undefeated’s Kelley Carter brought in writer Malcolm Spellman to spell it out. “…what we loved about them is the range tonally. You can go from as gritty as 48 Hours to Rush Hour. But, in between there is that first Lethal Weapon and first Bad Boys vibe. What we liked about it, is that it allows Sebastian and Anthony to create that magic, but allows the broader creative take on real issue.”
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, like Wanda and Vision have an undeniable connection not without its complications or moral challenges as audiences will witness during the last 5-10 minutes of the series. Will others from the snap appear? Will there be a crossover with WandaVision? Will Sam decide to pick up where Captain America left off? You can see all of that and more as it unfolds throughout the season.
While you are pondering all of that, I would be remiss as a Black woman not to point out how our government literally stabs Sam in the heart with betrayal after donating Captain America’s shield for a museum display. This is a major pivot, but hear me out. Not surprising, as Black men are consistently disrespected and disregarded by our government (as so aptly and subtly conveyed in this series) which makes me cheer for Sam even louder to avenge Steve (Captain America)! All of this is so ironic, since Mackie literally was the Executive Producer and star of the Apple TV Plus feature,“The Banker” focusing on the true-life story of Bernard Garrett, who was denied purchasing property or banking institutions solely due to the color of his skin. Having also starred in Seberg (opposite Kristen Stewart) as a member of the Black Panther party and slated to produce and star in Olympian Jesse Owens life story, it’s safe to say that Louisianan born and bred Anthony Mackie, our beloved MCU franchise, Kevin Feige, Malcolm Spellman or it stars have ANY issue with using their cinematic prowess to bring attention to injustice – even against beloved superheroes.