Anthony Mackie Explains Why Starring In THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDER Was A "Daunting" Prospect

Anthony Mackie Explains Why Starring In THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDER Was A "Daunting" Prospect

Captain America: Brave New World star Anthony Mackie has reflected on returning to television for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, explaining why it was a "daunting task" for him. Read on for details...

By JoshWilding - Jun 09, 2024 02:06 AM EST
Source: Variety

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was released in 2021 to mostly positive reviews, and while the Flag Smashers were a forgettable addition to the MCU, we were left with plenty of other big talking points.

Sam Wilson became Captain America, Bucky finally moved on from his past, U.S. Agent made his presence felt, and Sharon Carter was established as a deadly new villain (though, frustratingly, we haven't seen her since). 

Mackie first played The Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He later returned in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame, so how did he feel about returning to television? 

"Television is really hard. My first episode of television was Law & Order," Mackie told actor Tyler James Williams about the challenges of his transition in an interview with Variety. "It was the hardest seven days of my career. TV is real, TV is a different beast, TV is about stamina. I can handle a movie, but TV - that’s six to eight months, that's unbelievable."

"For me, with Falcon and the Winter Soldier, bringing Falcon to that series, there was so much time to fill. Instead of a two-and-a-half-hour movie, you have eight hours to flush out and that's what scared me and that's what bothered me and that's what I feel like can take away from the potency of the film."

"Luckily, it was a transition with great leadership," the actor continued. "They utilized that show to [set Falcon up] as Captain America, so they had something to aim toward. But for the most part, it was a daunting task for me. How do you make that worth those eight hours?"

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier made good use of its six episodes and there was little in the way of filler. The show got caught up in the COVID-19 pandemic and is believed to have cut a pandemic storyline in response to that, explaining why it may not have played out as smoothly as we'd have liked in places. 

Mackie has frequently jumped between film and television after previously starring in Altered Carbon and, most recently, Twisted Metal. Next up is the big screen Captain America: Brave New World.

Marvel Studios' The Falcon and The Winter Soldier stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier. The pair, who came together in the final moments of Avengers: Endgame” team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience.

Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer, the series also stars Daniel Brühl as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.

All episodes are now streaming on Disney+. As for Captain America: Brave New World, that arrives in theaters on February 14, 2025.



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cadunovaes01 - 6/9/2024, 3:07 AM
Mackie did a good job as a protagonist in Twisted Metal (in FATWS he was ok).
Looking forward to this (even if Deadpool and Wolvie fail)
bkmeijer1 - 6/9/2024, 3:22 AM
@cadunovaes01 - Twisted Metal was great. Think that was a role perfect for him
cadunovaes01 - 6/9/2024, 3:36 AM
@bkmeijer1 - looking forward for S02!
TrentCrimm - 6/9/2024, 7:34 AM
@bkmeijer1 -

I'm not usually a fan of Mackies acting but yeah he was perfect in Twisted Metal, tbh though that whole show was surprisingly better than I was expecting.
dragon316 - 6/9/2024, 10:16 AM
@cadunovaes01 - twisted metal was fun can’t wait for season two with sweet tooth and him falcon and winter soldier was fun watch just Bucky and falcon parts everything else was ok little boring at times
cadunovaes01 - 6/9/2024, 3:26 PM
@TrentCrimm - the whole show was a great surprise, I was not expecting that TM could be this good
bkmeijer1 - 6/9/2024, 3:23 AM
Eight hours? Think it was six episodes, that didn't even run for an hour each. Still, I get it's a different beast. Especially if it's a 5-6 hour long movie
RitoRevolto - 6/9/2024, 9:09 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I wonder if cutting the original plot line involving a virus chopped the show down by an episode or two.
bkmeijer1 - 6/9/2024, 9:35 AM
@RitoRevolto - was it ever confirmed it had a plot thread like that? If so, I could see that be the case. Although most Marvel shows are only 6 episodes
Deklipz - 6/9/2024, 9:54 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Peobably speaking about the original plan before COVID slapped production in the face
RitoRevolto - 6/9/2024, 10:16 AM
@bkmeijer1 - I thought so? I'd have to go back to double check, but I don't remember that being reported as a rumor. Either way, you're right, the show might've remained 6 episodes regardless.
bkmeijer1 - 6/9/2024, 4:37 PM
@Deklipz - COVID slapping production in the facethat makes sense too.

@RitoRevolto - I do remember a rumour about COVID also leading to that virus plot being removed.
Oberlin4Prez - 6/9/2024, 3:45 AM
“ How do you make that worth those eight hours?” Well for the most part Marvel has yet to justify a majority of these shows overall running times.
TheVisionary25 - 6/9/2024, 7:08 AM
Yeah , TV by all accounts is a different and harder beast then film but I felt Mackie measured up to it…

I thought he did well in FaTWS and while the show itself had issues , I did like it overall and am interested in seeing Sam’s journey as the new Captain America continue in Brave New World & beyond!!.

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harryba11zack - 6/9/2024, 7:48 AM
I don't blame the actors for what the writers did to the characters in that shit show. completely hated what they did to the the Falcon and Bucker.
Skestra - 6/9/2024, 9:54 AM
@harryba11zack - "Falcon and the Bucker"... Sam teams up with a reckless truck driver to get beer past state lines.
marvel72 - 6/9/2024, 7:51 AM
The worse of the Marvel Disney Plus shows shows I sat through from begin to end.
Slotherin - 6/9/2024, 8:40 AM
@marvel72 - worse than Secret Invasion and She-Hulk?
DocSpock - 6/9/2024, 9:06 AM


F&WS was a limp exercise in angsty message mush. It introduced some good new characters and changed things for some existing ones.

It was ultimately just boring and a waste of some good characters.

Mackie is a pretty good actor tasked with headlining this giant (hopeful) blockbuster. That is going to be a tall order.

AvalonX - 6/9/2024, 9:17 PM
"They utilized that show to [set Falcon up] as Captain America, so they had something to aim toward"

No, they did that in Endgame. Then Marvel wanted to get into identity politics and wrote an entire show which took Sam all the way around the block to the same place.
SolarSoldier - 6/10/2024, 4:56 AM
He was not the problem. The villain's motivation wasnmt strong. I'd be upset about eviction but killing was extreme.
Bucky's storyline was super boring. SO IS SHARON. She is no Peggy.
Mackie is very charismatic and the other super soldier should have been the main plot.
Had Agent Carter vibes whenever he was onscreen. Should have been as good as CATWS with spy stuff. New Capt America stuff was cringey honesly. A violent racist married to a biracial woman is as cringe as it gets!

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