The Falcon and the Winter Soldier marks the first of several Marvel live-action series produced exclusively for Disney+. In terms of sheer scale, the six-episode series isn’t nearly as massive of a project as the MCU films, but series star Sebastian Stan says the show is “very much” like one specific MCU film.
Set sometime after the events of Avengers: Endgame, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will follow the titular characters as they embark on a new adventure in a post-Blip universe. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sebastian Stan was asked whether The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was shot like a TV or movie. While the show is still very much a TV production, Stan did compare it to a past MCU film. Here’s what he had to say about shooting the Disney+ series:
It felt like both. In a lot of ways, it felt like a movie. Again, we’re not finished; we still have some stuff to do. What I loved about it was that, tonally, it was very much in the same world that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was, which was one of my favorite experiences that I’ve ever had, period. So, in a sense, it was grounded and very much in the world as we know it. But, it’s also really jam-packed with a lot of massive, massive action scenes mixed with deep focus on character. That’s what’s really exciting about this. We’re getting to keep it in the world of the movies, so it’s recognizable that way, but at the same time, these characters are getting so much more mileage for all of us to explore them. We can put them in situations that we’ve never been able to put them in before because you now have six hours as opposed to two. It’s always a discovery.
Based on Sebastian Stan's comments to The Hollywood Reporter, that definitely sounds like a great combination of movie and TV’s best elements. I’m personally looking forward to the show’s exploration of Sam and Bucky as people outside of the heroics and action sequences. However, it’s good to know that the Disney+ series will maintain a movie feel so as to carry on the intrinsic connection between Marvel’s shows and movies.
While The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is still scheduled to premiere on the streaming service in August, I can only guess that its release date will probably be pushed back if the shutdowns continue through the summer. That said, there’s currently no official word on whether or not the series will be delayed.