In the months since my retirement there’s been a rapid increase in the amount of bullshit that’s been spread around and happily consumed by people who only want to be told what they want to hear. And hey, there are people more than happy to spoof feed them the bullshit they crave. WandaVision and the backlash when Fox’s Quicksilver, Mephisto, Reed Richards, and Doctor Strange didn’t appear is a perfect example of this. Now that seems to be repeating itself with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Yes, there is apparently a cameo coming up in the next episode, but as with WandaVision I think people are again vastly over hyping themselves for it. And scoopers on social media are feeding into that and contributing to it. If anything, the person who plays the character will likely be a bigger deal and surprise than who character it is.
Meaning fans should probably try to temper their hype and fan theories a bit, or else Falcon could face a similar backlash as WandaVision did. The show doesn’t deserve that. I’m honestly loving it more than WandaVision, probably because the Cap trilogy is my favorite in the MCU and this really feels like a fourth installment of that.
People are talking about how great the ending to Episode 4 was, but are missing the bigger event in the episode. Sure John Walker became US Agent in the episode, but more importantly Sam Wilson became Captain America. Episode 4 proved that Steve chose the right guy to give the shield to, and now Sam just needs to retrieve his shield, suit up, and Marvel needs to announce a Sam Wilson movie ASAP.
When US Agent’s costume was revealed in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, many suspected that he’d become the government’s new Captain America. That happened in the comics, and it looks like the series will be following that comic introduction.
The Mini Mates toys for the series have been found by an Instagram collector at Wallgreens, and the US Agent figure is just named “Captain America”. This seems to confirm the suspicion that the series will be taking inspiration from Captain America #333 where the government strips Steve Rogers of his Cap title and gives it to John Walker. In the MCU as Sam went against the Sokovia Accords, he’s seen as a criminal the government can’t control, so they likely took the shield from him and gave it to Walker.
As we’ve seen from the set videos, things with Walker don’t seem to go as the government expected and he becomes a pretty vicious Captain America. That means Sam will probably end up with the title by the end of the series…
While The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will reunite characters from the Captain America trilogy, as well as introduce new members of the MCU, it sounds like we’re going to see even more appearances from the earliest days of the MCU in the series.
“What I will say is that there are characters from the earliest Marvel movies that are coming back,” Kolstad said. “We’re layering them in and reinventing them in a way that’s gonna shift the storytelling structure. It’s fucking awesome.”
Many are speculating that he could be referring to villains such as The Leader, Abomination, or Justin Hammer as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a big part of setting up the MCU’s Thunderbolts.
We’ve known that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier already resumed (and likely completed) what little bit of filming they had to do in the US, but now the series has returned to Prague to resume the filming that was cut short months ago.
The Fandíme Filmu Facebook page reports that stunt teams are on the ground now and filming has resumed as of today, October 6th. They say filming will continue until the 23rd. Originally it was said that they only had about nine days of filming left in Prague, so this extended schedule is likely due to modifications in the filming needed due to COVID:
Yesterday Disney+ released their August release list, and as everyone who has been following reality knows; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier wasn’t on it due to filming being shut down due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Of course every site on the planet ran doom and gloom delay stories just based on that release list and no official word from Disney, but today comes something of an update.
According to Entertainment Weekly, a source at Disney confirms that it’s been delayed but a new date should be coming soon:
A source close to the situation confirms to EW that the premiere has indeed been delayed due to the global pandemic. If all goes well, a new premiere will be announced soon.
The last update to the filming we got said there was very little left to do, and they’d be returning to Prague to film for nine days in the fall. If they are able to finish that little bit of filming, a 2020 release date could still be in the cards for the first Disney+ Marvel Studios series.
While it was expected for a very long time, it’s now almost confirmed that we won’t be seeing The Falcon and The Winter Soldier on Disney+ next month, as the series will finish its filming in the Czech Republic this fall.
The Hollywood Reporter has a story about how the EU travel restrictions barring travel from the US won’t affect Hollywood productions due to exceptions, and they say that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will return to the Czech Republic for a nine-day shoot later in the fall.
Previously they were filming in Prague before the Coronavirus Pandemic shut down production. Sebastian Stan believed they had two or three weeks of filming left, while Anthony Mackie said there was very little left to do. Prior to returning to Prague it sounds like there may be some filming done state-side, much like how WandaVision is slated to do reshoots and pickups this month.
We’ve been hearing for a long time how Marvel Studios is treating their Disney+ limited series the same as the big screen movies. Not only will they be just as important to the overall MCU story, meaning you’ll need to see them to keep up with everything, but they’re also being produced in the same way as their movies.
Now the star of one of the shows confirms that, when Anthony Mackie said in a Variety Actor on Actor interview that it feels like they’re just cutting a movie into six pieces:
“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.”
He also addressed the budget, saying it wasn’t seemingly unlimited like they feel the movies have, although reports have said that the Disney+ shows have a much higher budget than normal series; something more along the lines of Game of Thrones than normal TV.
There’s still no update about the actual release date for The Falcon and The Winder Soldier, although in the interview Mackie addressed the delayed filming by saying, “So hopefully, knock on wood, we’ll be going back soon.”
Last week Anthony Mackie revealed that they had “very little stuff” left to film for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and today comes a report from an extras casting agency about when the show may return to the Czech Republic.
If you remember they were filming there when the Coronavirus shut down production, but now the extras casting agency Extrafilms made a post to their Facebook page that “Tag Team” (the codename for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier) is in talks to return there in late July or early August:
Of course if this is correct, it puts the August release date for the series into question. Hopefully Marvel Studios will address a possible delay soon.
People waiting on an update about the Disney+ Marvel limited series might see an official update come soon, but now we have a little hint about what’s left for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier from Captain America himself.
“I’m happy to say we are not cancelled. We are on hold. We’re going back hopefully sometime soon and finish it up, we have very little stuff to do. I’m very happy with it. We have a little more to go back to do. But everybody rest assured, it will come out. We’re not cancelled. “
Originally The Falcon and The Winter Soldier was scheduled to release in August, but with the delay that might slip a bit. We’ll have to see if they’re able to get this “little stuff” done in time.