Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

Marvel and Disney+’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is only two episodes in and so far it is proving to be a hit for the streaming service. With the series taking place six months post-Blip, the characters and actors are feeling the impact of their fictional fallen colleagues. One actor is speaking out about a certain hero’s influence, as well as what their character could mean for Bucky and Sam.

Former MMA fighter Georges St-Pierre portrays mercenary Georges Batroc, who is the leader of the criminal group LAF, and who many will recognize from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. St-Pierre recently spoke to TV Insider about all things The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, as well as Iron Man’s influence and what makes Batroc such a challenging villain for Sam and Bucky:

All my favorites are guys that do not have super powers, like Iron Man. What makes Iron Man so good is the fact he’s very smart with technological gadgets. Batroc is the same. He doesn’t have super power. He’s a champion in savate and champion in Olympic powerlifting. That’s why he can leap so high, because his legs are so strong. In order to take on the superheroes, he has to use his brain and different tactics. He uses the element of surprise like in Winter Soldier.

Georges St-Pierre also mentioned that Han Solo was used as an inspiration because he was a mercenary and a good guy. Star Wars introduces the first part of the Han Solo story with Han as seemingly very cocky and confident, which is how St-Pierre tries to play his character. In regards to upcoming episodes, St-Pierre couldn’t say much but just that he’s always been a big fan of Marvel superheroes and it’s a dream come true.

Even before The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s big Disney+ debut, the series already broke records for the Disney streamer and was getting high praise from critics everywhere. It’s been nearly two years since the last MCU movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, released in theaters but with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier basically being a mini-movie every week, fans are hopefully satisfied. Seeing two fan-favorite characters with even more underrated side characters in the series is definitely a plus.

It isn’t known what all will happen in the upcoming episodes, as Disney and Marvel like to keep a lid on spoilers, or how much more of a presence George Batroc will have, but in whatever capacity Georges St-Pierre is in the series, he will be a formidable enemy for Sam and Bucky, and we can’t wait to see what happens! New episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier drop on Fridays on Disney+.

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