Sam & Bucky Inspired by Stars’ Real-Life Chemistry

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier used Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s old press interviews as a guide for Sam and Bucky’s chemistry.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier director Kari Skogland says she and the show’s writers used Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s old press interviews to guide Sam and Bucky’s chemistry. The Disney+ series launches this Friday, March 19, and will follow the titular duo after the events of Avengers: Endgame. After the self-contained mystery of Wandavision, Disney+’s first live-action Marvel show, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is set to feature a lot of good old-fashioned action, at least according to co-star Emily van Camp, who returns as Sharon Carter in the series.

But it’s also set to feature a lot of back-and-forth between the stars. Many of the promo videos and trailers for the show have teased a love-hate relationship between them, amping up their dynamic from the movies. When the footage isn’t full of action, most of the interactions seen in these trailers show the couple bickering over something. There is a distinct air of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier being Marvel’s buddy comedy action series. That’s a deliberate choice on the creative team’s part, but their inspiration for that dynamic came from a surprising source.

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Speaking to Inverse, Skogland, who directed every episode of the show, says she and the writers watched all of the press interviews from older MCU movies like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War featuring Mackie and Stan to study their genuine friendship. This helped inform the on-screen dynamic between the two, allowing the show to make their scenes together as “fun” as their chemistry is in life. Skogland adds the writers then built on that friendship to help craft the scenes they share on the show. You can read her full comments below:

One of the things we looked at which was really important was a lot of the interviews that Anthony and Sebastian did together. They’re so fun, and in the writer’s room, we watched them with the idea of really trying to understand them as people and understand their own history together because they’re great friends. It was great to see the two of them together in that way, and we built on that.

The news is promising, as the interviews featuring Mackie and Stan are hilarious. The actors playfully tease each other, and there are a genuine warmth and friendship between them that, if correctly translated on screen, will make the show very entertaining. It’s also a return to one of the MCU’s strengths after Wandavision took the universe in a different direction tonally. One of the hallmarks of the best MCU projects is the humor, and the chemistry between Stan and Mackie will undoubtedly continue that tradition.

Stan himself said as much in Screen Rant’s interview with him and Mackie ahead of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s release, which featured the pair’s trademark chemistry on display. Hopefully, the writers truly managed to translate that real-life chemistry into similar magic on-screen because if they did, there’s no doubt Disney+’s second live-action MCU show will be a huge success.

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Source: Inverse

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