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MCU fans will know that we were close, oh so very close, to getting to see The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney+ before this year was over. The series, which will follow the titular characters in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame, was close to done with filming when worldwide production shutdowns hit as the team behind the show was working in Prague. We might have another wait on our hands when it comes to finally setting our eyes on the first of the Marvel shows which totally connect to the movies, but star Anthony Mackie has said that we can look forward to the series not being a typical TV show.
Filming on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was due to be completed within a week of the show having to shutdown in early March, but the good news (aside from the fact that there shouldn't be much to do when production can finally resume) is that, according to Anthony Mackie, fans will get quit the treat when we can finally watch the series. When talking with Snowpiercer's Daveed Diggs for Variety's Actors on Actors, Mackie was asked if the filming process for Falcon was different from the many Marvel movies he's done, and Mackie responded, saying:
We’re shooting it exactly like a movie. Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’... It feels exactly like we were shooting the movie just cut up into the show. So, instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.
I mean, if you love the movies of the MCU (and I'm pretty sure that you do), then it sounds like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be right up your alley when it hits Disney+. You can't help but love the idea that we're going to get a very cinematic experience with the show, which is going to pick up at a very important time for the leading heroes.
As mentioned above, the six-episode series takes place after the events of Avenger: Endgame. While many of the heroes from that film went on to fight another day, Steve Rogers decided, in the final moments, to put down his shield and live out a life with Peggy Carter in an alternate timeline. When we last saw him, he was a very old man, and relinquished his shield to Mackie's Sam Wilson / Falcon so that the Captain America mantle can be carried on.
From what we've seen of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, though, Sam is going to be dealing with some issues when it comes to taking over for his good friend. And, while we do know that Falcon will get a new uniform for the series, there's been no indication so far that he'll eventually suit up in a version of Cap's well-known heroic duds, so while he does throw the shield around quite a bit, it might just be practice for the next time we see Sam on the big screen.
Anthony Mackie's co-star, Sebastian Stan, also previously said that Falcon will feel a lot like a movie, with several large action set pieces mixed in with a more character driven story that allows fans to really get to know Sam and Bucky a lot better than we were able to in any of the MCU films.
Luckily, Mackie says that working on Falcon was a great experience, and he can't wait to get back to finish what they started:
Those movies are like summer camp, and this show, it was no different. It was the same group of people coming together to make it work. And everything is just on another level. Every show, every movie, they push the envelope so much. So hopefully, knock on wood, we’ll be going back soon and knock out the last little bit of it..
The Czech Film Commission has already set guidelines for reopening TV and film sets, so, hopefully, everyone on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be able to get back to work shortly, and we can see if the series will still make the previously planned August release. While we wait on word, be sure to see what else you can watch right now with our guide to summer TV!