The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Now that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come to a close, Marvel Studios is digging into the making of the show with another installment of their documentary series Assembled. This hour-long glimpse into the production of the series features plenty of interviews with director Kari Skogland, head writer Malcolm Spellman, stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, and more.

Since The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a little more straightforward Marvel series than WandaVision, the making of the show isn’t quite so enthralling. But there are some interesting details on the technical side of shooting that were surprising to hear about. Plus, there’s a makeshift commercial for a clothing store featuring Daniel Brühl in character as Baron Zemo. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Read More »

Making of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Hot on the heels of WandaVision getting a whole documentary on the making of the series, Marvel Studios is following suit with Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. We knew “Assembled” would be the overarching banner used for making-of documentaries for Marvel’s upcoming projects, but we didn’t realize they would all be arriving so quickly. This documentary will be available on Disney+ starting tomorrow, just one week after the season finale. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Interview with Writer Malcolm Spellman

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come to an end, at least for now. We’re not sure if the series will continue under the moniker of Captain America and the Winter Soldier as the finale teased so cheekily, or if we should just buckle down and wait for Captain America 4. Either way, it’s clear that the stories of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes are far from over.

Since the show’s head writer Malcolm Spellman (who is also co-writing the next Captain America movie) can’t talk about those kinds of things just yet, we wanted to speak with him about some of the pivotal character moments for Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), John Walker (Wyatt Russell), Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman), and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp). We were also curious about the kind of Marvel Cinematic Universe considerations that must be made when bringing a conflict like this to New York City.

We recently had a chance to speak with Malcolm Spellman over Zoom to talk about last weekend’s finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and we dive right into spoiler territory, so don’t read any further if you haven’t finished the show. Read More »

Captain America 4

The Captain America film franchise is continuing at Marvel Studios.

In the wake of today’s season finale of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, word has come out that head writer Malcolm Spellman and staff writer Dalan Musson are writing the screenplay for Captain America 4, which is expected to continue the story of Anthony Mackie‘s character, Sam Wilson, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Read More »

Falcon and the Winter Soldier Showrunner Interview

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier initially looks and sounds like another entry in the ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s got a lot on its mind. Yes, this is a buddy-action series starring Captain America’s BFFs. Yes, it features big action, charming actors, and enough Easter eggs to choke a comic book geek. Yes, it’s going to scratch the Marvel itch for MCU obsessives and casual viewers alike.

But showrunner Malcolm Spellman wants to make it clear: this is a show about the here and now. Avengers: Endgame concluded with Steve Rogers handing his shield, and the mantle of Captain America, to Sam Wilson. But what does that actually mean? Not just for Sam – a Black man being asked to wear and wield the stars and stripes – but for the rest of the world? Those kinds of questions power The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Spellman says those kinds of questions will continue to fuel the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“We wanted heroes that felt like they are of the times,” Spellman told me over Zoom as we discussed the first episode of the series. It was one hell of a conversation, as the series showrunner made it very clear that this show isn’t going to shy away from the tough questions and tough answers. “If you keep it fun and entertaining, you can also keep it honest and relevant,” he said, emphasizing that the success of Black Panther has given Marvel the confidence to take chances.

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Falcon and the Winter Soldier production

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the first original Marvel Studios series for Disney+, has officially started filming. Read a message marking the occasion from showrunner Malcolm Spellman below, and get a quick recap of everything we know about the series so far.

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Confederate HBO

With Game of Thrones coming to an end after the upcoming final season, HBO is looking for ways to keep the network relevant and keep its subscribers hooked on its high-quality shows. So the network heads must have thought they hit the jackpot when GOT creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss came to them with news that they wanted to make a new original series.

The only problem was, the announcement of that series – which is called Confederate – was met with wide derision online and caused the type of response HBO wasn’t initially hoping for: a full-blown controversy. Things have been quiet on the development front since then, but now a new report says the show’s creators are “not actively” working on it…though it does remain in development. Read the latest Confederate HBO update below.
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confederate producers defend against backlash

Confederate seemed like an intriguing premise for an HBO series: an alternate-history science fiction show depicting an America where the South had won the Civil War, created by the showrunners of the huge fantasy hit Game of Thrones? How bold, how avant garde, how…revolutionary. But perhaps HBO didn’t anticipate the severe outrage that the announcement of the show would incite.

Immediately, pop culture critics called out HBO for broaching a subject that is still so prevalent and sensitive today, as well as whether showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, who have met their share of controversy over Game of Thrones‘ lack of diversity and reliance on sexual violence, are the right people to handle such a volatile topic.

But the team behind Confederate, David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and Malcolm Spellman, said they did see the backlash coming.

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