“Everybody’s very afraid of each other. The food is bad because they have to pack it up somewhere else and bring it to us in Ziploc bags. Yeah, it’s awful. You’re literally living in quarantine. It’s not like the NBA bubble where they had a barbershop and friends to hang out with,” Mackie told Entertainment Tonight, adding “No, if you get within six feet of somebody, there’s some little Czech dude coming and poking you with a stick saying, ‘You have to move.’ So it’s rough.”
Behind the Scenes
Not only that, it’s long been rumored that the plot of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier originally revolved around Karli and the Flag-Smashers threatening to unleash a deadly virus. If those rumors are even remotely true, you can only imagine the fast organizing that Marvel had to do in order to remold its latest gang of villains into one that made sense onscreen without trivializing the pandemic. Maybe some of the tonal problems of the series, and ultimately its struggle to fully flesh out a few of its political messages, developed as a result of all these changes and logistical problems.
When The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was heading for its March debut, Mackie and co-star Sebastian Stan were repeatedly asked if there would be a second season. Their answers were always mired in uncertainty, as were those of Marvel maestro Kevin Feige, whose predictable ‘magic 8 ball’ stock responses never gave anything away, but in an interview with IndieWire, Marvel Studios VP of Production & Development and FATWS executive producer Nate Moore probably vocalized what some of those people were thinking every time they were asked about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2.
“We’ve definitely kicked around ideas because we always like to keep thinking about where things can go, but we also, frankly, in the crush of the pandemic, we’re just trying to finish the show and make sure it got out in a timely matter,” Moore explained, adding “Hopefully at the end of this season, you will see the potential for what we could tell in a subsequent season.”
Now we have witnessed the end of the first season, we can finally see what The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Season 2 might look like: the further adventures of Wilson and Barnes as Captain America and the Winter Soldier, righting wrongs and taking down bad guys in a complicated, post-blip world.
Captain America and the Winter Soldier
The first season of the show certainly left enough threads dangling that could be picked up in a second. Sam and Bucky could thwart Sharon Carter’s attempts to use her re-established role as a government agent to steal weapons and emerging technology, or get to the bottom of whatever Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine is up to with Wyatt Russell’s US Agent.