The Marvel Cinematic Universe will soon welcome its audience back with open arms, as WandaVision debuts on Disney+ starting this Friday. As the start of Marvel’s expansion of the MCU into Disney+ streaming ventures that will eventually tie into the overall picture being developed under Kevin Feige’s watchful eye, other projects of that same stripe are starting to come into the view of the public consciousness as well. With The Falcon and the Winter Soldier being the next on the list after WandaVision, folks are probably wondering how Anthony Mackie’s next Marvel project is going to play, and the man himself answered that very question with one word: “Revolutionary.”
I was able to catch up with the man the world knows as Sam Wilson during a recent conversation promoting the Netflix original Outside The Wire. No stranger to the world of streamers, especially with films like Point Blank under his belt, his latest Marvel gig differs in the sense that it’s not just any streaming series. The reasons for that distinction are what both made Anthony Mackie skeptical about the project, but ultimately convinced him that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the next step in Marvel’s future. And it all started with that one word:
Revolutionary. I think what this show’s gonna do to streaming platforms is gonna change the way in which we look at cinema going forward. Marvel has been able to put this show on screen with the same quality, the same level of technique and ability as they can on the big screen. My biggest concern was, you know, we’re going to television. There’s no way I’ll be able to experience it the same way. But having seen it, all six episodes, having seen WandaVision, it’s remarkable how none of the quality has been sacrificed.
Anthony Mackie’s remarks about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier pretty much confirm what Kevin Feige has been hyping up with the entire Disney+ experience that Marvel Studios is looking to develop with its future homegrown television slate. With projects that the company is seeking to “eventize” on a weekly basis, the six weeks that will see Mackie back in the hero game alongside co-star Sebastian Stan are sure to become the watercooler successor to the surrealist sitcom adventures of Wanda Maximoff and Vision.
In concept alone, it’s hard not to get excited about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Picking up after Avengers: Endgame saw Sam Wilson inherit Captain America’s shield, but not exactly taking on the superheroic mantle just yet, the world of Marvel Cinematic Universe espionage is about to fill in what exactly happens next. And with Chris Evans announced as eyeing a potential return to the role, this six-episode run might hold the clues to how that sort of occurrence could take place.
Much as audiences will see with the first two episodes of WandaVision this weekend, though the format may be new, the Marvel magic still can hit effectively as it did on the big screen. With expanded, episodic storytelling that brings the cinematic prowess of major motion pictures home on a weekly basis, Anthony Mackie is about to see Sam Wilson spread his wings and blaze even more trails for the MCU to follow in its long and undoubtedly fruitful future. So yeah, “revolutionary” seems to be quite the fitting word to prime everyone up for that experience.
We’ll see soon enough when The Falcon and the Winter Soldier takes the Disney+ stage starting March 19th. Though if you’re ready to break your Marvel Cinematic drought, WandaVision will help get that underway as of Friday! And if you’re an Anthony Mackie fan, you’ll want to see his Netflix Original movie Outside the Wire, which also comes online tomorrow.