All-New, All-Different Episode of Marvel Studios’ Assembled
In an all-new, all different episode of Marvel Studios’ Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, released for streaming on Disney+ yesterday, Friday, April 30th, 2021, you can get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of the making of the newest Marvel Cinematic Universe story!
As you might expect, this special (and this blog entry) are just filled with spoilers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, so if you haven’t had a chance to see the show yet and want to avoid spoilers, click away right now and get to Disney+! All six episodes of the season are currently available for streaming, so you’ve just got no excuse!
Filming During COVID-19
One of the most interesting elements of this episode of Marvel Studios’ Assembled is the frank discussion of the reality of filming a MCU show throughout multiple shoot delays due to an earthquake in Puerto Rico and the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Over a series of interviews with many crew members, we get to hear about what went into making sure all of the actors and crew members stayed safe on set in spite of COVID-19 – and it sounds like quite the production, but the new Captain America was well worth the wait.
In addition to seeing plenty of behind-the-scenes people wearing masks, the crew also explains what it was like being overseas in March 2020, and how quickly they had to scramble to return to the United States before the global lockdown went into full effect.
Fortunately, we already know that they succeeded in making an outstanding six-episode season!
And we get to hear from lots of fascinating people over the course of the Marvel Studios’ Assembled episode, including series creator Malcolm Spellman and director Kari Skogland, each of whom bring their unique vision to the story.
Based on the interviews, the development of the script played with collaborative systems of writing, including a heavy reliance on input from the Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan about the direction of their characters. Spellman worked closely with Mackie to develop Captain America, whereas Skogland worked with Stan to develop the Winter Soldier for the 21st century.
Another fascinating interview features the set designer, Ray Chan. In his one-on-one interview, Chan explains everything that went into bringing the legendary Marvel Comics location of Madripoor to life, including the Brass Monkey Bar (hint: it involves orangutan skulls), sometimes known as the Bronze Monkey Saloon in the comics.
But perhaps fittingly, the standout interview is with Captain America himself, Mackie. The Louisiana native spills everything about being a Black man wielding the iconic shield in an earnest, honest interview session that calls to mind Sam Wilson’s stirring climactic speech at the conclusion of Captain America and the Winter Soldier.
Considering that Mackie helped Spellman write the speech that Captain America gave the world at the end of the season, it’s no wonder this opportunity to change the conversation means so much to the actor.
Marvel Studios’ Assembled
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