‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Will Have One Major Difference From Marvel Movies, Anthony Mackie Says

Marvel fans can’t wait for the streaming series coming to Disney+. The first will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, followed by WandaVision, Loki and What If…? Fans are going to have a to wait a bit longer as production shut down in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Falcon actor Anthony Mackie gave a few hints as he described the production.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.]

Falcon and the Winter Soldier
L-R: Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

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Mackie spoke with Daveed Diggs for Variety’s Actors on Actors issue. Even Diggs asked Mackie about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Here’s what he revealed about the Marvel show.

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is like Marvel movies in this way

Falcon debuted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He has since appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Endgame ended with Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) saying goodbye to old Captain America who had stayed in the past and lived his whole life. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier did continue one aspect of Marvel movies.

Anthony Mackie as Falcon
Anthony Mackie | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

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“Those movies are like summer camp,” Mackie told Diggs. “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.”

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ could not do this like the Marvel movies. 

Mackie did take breaks from Marvel. He starred in season 2 of Altered Carbon and movies like Triple 9, Detroit and The Hate U Give. He just always thought that Marvel movies could go on as long as they wanted. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had more limits.

Anthoyn Mackie
Anthony Mackie | Zade Rosenthal/ Marvel Studios

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“It was really amazing just because I feel like we’re the first Marvel show or movie that had budget constraints,” Mackie said. “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.”

You won’t see a big difference the Disney+ series and a Marvel movie

Variety reports that the Disney+ series cost $150 million. That’s a blockbuster movie budget for a streaming series, although the Marvel movies can spend over $300 million at a time. Mackie said it’s enough to give viewers the Marvel experience.

Marvel's Winter Soldier Sebastian Stan
Sebastian Stan | Film Frame/Marvel Studios

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“We’re shooting it exactly like a movie,” Mackie 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.”