The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s Anthony Mackie Assures “We Are Not Cancelled”

Anthony Mackie has clarified that The Falcon and Winter Soldier is still moving forward, with only a few things left to film before the MCU series can debut on Disney+.
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Never fear, MCU fans. The Falcon and The Winter Soldier isn’t going anywhere, according to Anthony Mackie.

Multiple Marvel Studio productions have been closed due to the global pandemic, and whether all the projects will able to finish filming on time for the schedule is still unclear. Among the Marvel projects that have come to a halt is the upcoming Disney+ show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Star Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson, recently shed some light on the production status of the Disney+ show.


The COVID-19 situation hit the world forcing all movie and TV production to shut down, including Marvel projects like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki series. It is uncertain, considering the situation in the world, when the Disney+ lineup will hit the popular streaming service. The cast and crew of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier returned to the United States after shooting in Prague was stopped. This raised some concern among fans that the shows may not meet its planned release schedule.

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However, Captain America and Avengers star Anthony Mackie in an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon gave a positive update on the show. He said there’s only very little left to film and they will return to filming when they can and jokingly assured that the show is not canceled.

“I’m happy to say we are not canceled. We are on hold. We’re going back hopefully sometime soon and finish it up, we have very little stuff to do. I’m very happy with it. We have a little more to go back to do. But everybody rest assured, it will come out.”

He then added “Because you know, in this business, ‘Take a little break, we’ll come back to it,’ that means they’re never coming back to it [laughs]. I was like, ‘Man, I was Captain America for all of two weeks, this sucks! How did I get fired on my day off?'”

The series is slated for a fall debut and later it was revealed that it will be premiering in August. Filming of this first MCU tentpole show began in late 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. In mid-January production was expected a two-week shoot in Arecibo, Puerto Rico but was disrupted due to earthquakes on the island. Then the production was relocated for filming in Prague, Czech Republic starting on March 6th for a three-week shoot but was again came to a halt amid coronavirus situation on March 10.

This suggests that there are only two or three weeks of filming left to complete the production. This was also previously stated by Bucky Barnes actor Sebastian Stan in a THR interview. He also said making this series “felt like both” making a movie and a television series and continued “What I loved about it was that, tonally, it was very much in the same world that Captain America: The Winter Soldier was, which was one of my favorite experiences that I’ve ever had, period. So, in a sense, it was grounded and very much in the world as we know it,”

“But, it’s also really jam-packed with a lot of massive, massive action scenes mixed with deep focus on character. That’s what’s really exciting about this. We’re getting to keep it in the world of the movies, so it’s recognizable that way, but at the same time, these characters are getting so much more mileage for all of us to explore them. We can put them in situations that we’ve never been able to put them in before because you now have six hours as opposed to two. It’s always a discovery.”

Despite the WandaVision series filming was completed a new report suggested that the show is resuming filming in July, in Los Angeles and Paul Bettany has canceled a convention appearance because of some reshoots. Later a new rumor stated that both The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and Loki are resuming filming in July. If the rumor happens to be accurate, then the former might make its August release depending on how “little” the stuff left to film is.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier takes place after the events of Endgame and follows Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. Making things tougher for Sam, the U.S. government appears to be less than thrilled with Steve’s choice to give him the vibranium shield to be the next Captain America. Instead of Sam, John Walker appears to be their preferred choice. The all-new six-episode series is directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman serving as head writer.

Anthony Mackie will be returning as Falcon and Sebastian Stan will be returning as Winter Soldier. Daniel Brühl reprising his role as Baron Helmut Zemo from the Civil War movie. Also returning is Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter. Wyatt Russell is playing John Walker aka The U.S. Agent. Other actors joining the show include Adepero Oduye, Desmond Chiam, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly.

Hopefully, the show’s production will be completed in time for its fall release date. It’s a positive sign that the show has only a little left to complete. Productions of various movies and shows are gearing up to resume shooting in July as per the safety guidelines and Marvel Studios will presumably find a clever way to finish the filming even in Atlanta.

Marvel Disney+ shows The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision were currently scheduled to be released in August and December 2020 respectively, whereas the Loki series is set for early 2021 release. Animated What If…? series is slated for summer 2021 and Hawkeye is slated for late 2021 releases.

What do you think of this news? Are you hyped for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier? Share your speculations and thoughts on the shows in the comments below and be sure to come back to The Illuminerdi for more updates on the upcoming Disney+ series.