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Anthony Mackie Divulges Details About Disney Plus’ Upcoming ‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

Stephanie Sengwe

Disney+’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is one of the streamer’s most anticipated series. The show follows Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier as they travel the world testing their abilities after the events of “Avenger: Endgame.” In true Disney fashion, not much has been revealed about the six-episode series, until now.

In an interview with Variety, Anthony Mackie, who plays the Falcon, gave fans a bit of information about the series and also talked about how the pandemic affected filming. Though it will be a typical Marvel viewing experience, the budget for “Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is smaller than that of the movies. According to Variety, Disney is doling out $150 million for the series, a huge amount for a TV show, but it still comes under the $350 million price tag of “Avengers: Endgame.”

“We were in Europe, and everything got crazy in Europe first,” Mackie told Variety. “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.”

Mackie also revealed that though “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is a TV show, fans of the Marvel Universe won’t feel a huge difference. “We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” Mackie stated. “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.”

“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” was originally slated to premiere in August before the pandemic struck. Disney has yet to announce otherwise as productions are slowly starting up again.

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