Anthony Mackie has said his newest Marvel Studios Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will feel very much like an MCU film, the only difference being the budget.
The series reportedly has a budget of around $150 million, which is much more than an average television series, but nowhere near $350 million budget of Avengers: Endgame.
Anthony Mackie recently spoke with Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) about the project during Variety’s Actors on Actors. Mackie once again reprises his role as Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon opposite Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier. The project halted shooting in March and only has a couple more weeks of filming, which is supposed to resume in July.
Mackie discussed the productions sudden pause:
“We were in Europe, and everything got crazy in Europe first, so they shut us down two weeks before the U.S. shutdown. It was really amazing just because I feel like we’re the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints. And that was always my [experience], ‘It’s Marvel, we could shoot forever.’ And they’re like, ‘Nah.’ So it was a very different experience from the rest of the movies. But at the same time, it was a lot of fun.”
“Those movies are like summer camp,” Mackie continued. “And this show, it was no different. It was the same group of people, coming together to make it work. And so the stunt stuff — everything is just on another level. Every show, every movie, they just push it — they push the envelope so much. So hopefully, knock on wood, we’ll be going back soon.”
When asked for more details on the series, Mackie stated that it will look and feel just like the movies:
“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” he said. “Everybody who had worked on TV before was like, ‘I’ve never worked on a TV show like this.’ The way in which we were shooting, it feels exactly like we were shooting the movie cut up into the show. So instead of a two-hour movie, a six or eight-hour movie.”
Also returning to their roles in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo, who orchestrated the events of Captain America: Civil War. Newcomers to the MCU for the series include Wyatt Russell (son of Disney Legend Kurt Russell) is John Walker “U.S. Agent.” With Cle Bennett, Carl Lumbly, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Adepero Oduye, and Erin Kellyman, all in unknown roles. There have been reports that the Dora Milaje, who protects the king and the royal family of Wakanda in Black Panther, will also make an appearance.
All six episodes of the miniseries will be directed by Emmy nominee Kari Skogland (The Handmaids Tale, The Punisher), with Derek Kolstad (John Wick) apart of the writing team. Some reports surfaced that the series could have some sort of massive viral threat, and will introduce the villain turned hero team The Thunderbolts.
The series is expected to debut on Disney+ this August.