While doing press for his new film Endings, Beginnings, star Sebastian Stan discussed the very “Winter Soldier” tone of Marvel’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier while also digging into the ending of Avengers: Endgame a bit more.
In particular, Stan spoke about Steve Rogers’ choice to pass the Captain America mantle onto Sam Wilson and the farewell between Steve and Bucky that felt slight in the wake of all they’d been through in Winter Soldier and Civil War.
Tonally, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier — which had its production shut down amidst the COVID-19 crisis, just a few weeks out from wrapping — lines up with Stan’s favorite MCU film. “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,” Stan told THR. “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. 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.”
The Falcon and The Winter Solider follows Bucky and Sam in the wake of Endgame, in a world with no Avengers, as Sam attempts to deal with the figurative weight of carrying Cap’s shield (while facing the return of Civil War’s Helmut Zemo). “Sam, to me, was always the clear man to take on that mantle for numerous reasons, which also comes with so much more baggage that’s going to be explored in the show,” Stan explained. “At the end of Endgame, for either Steve or Bucky, it’s really not about the shield.”
Stan stated that Steve would have wanted Bucky to start over, to try to have the life he’d missed out on. “Steve is saying to Bucky, ‘You’re going to go and do that, too. I’m not going to put this thing on you. We’re both going to live our lives — the lives that were taken from us back in the ‘40s when we enlisted.'”
One thing MCU fans noticed, however, was that Steve and Bucky’s final farewell felt a too brief when you consider that two movies had been about their “ride or die” friendship. “I sort of became aware that people really felt like we needed to have more between the two of them or something,” Stan noted. “But, it hadn’t occurred to me because at the same time, that scene was saying so much with subtext.”
“That being said, how do you put it all together in a three-hour movie? To merge all those different stories together, you could’ve had another movie of everybody saying goodbye to each other. So, I love how much people care about those two characters and that they wanted more from them, but I just took it as ‘This is as much screen time as we’ve got left before the movie ends.'”
“Look, I love a good scene with dialogue,” Stan added, “but sometimes, I find it really interesting when there’s not a lot said. And funnily enough, it’s sort of been the trademark of Bucky. Then, you’re watching behavior, you’re watching the eyes and you’re wondering what they’re thinking. You’re more involved and tuned in. So, it’s always fun for me to try to do as much as I can without dialogue.”
The MCU’s Phase 4 has had to reshuffle their movie release dates once again, moving Thor: Love and Thunder and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
Likewise, Sony has set new premiere dates for the Spider-Man sequels.