The Falcon and the Winter Soldier miniseries has been widely embraced by fans as a return, of sorts, to the type of superhero action seen in Captain America movies like The Winter Soldier and Civil War. One of the most anticipated new shows on Disney+, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has reunited audiences with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in the absence of Steve Rogers.
Two new Captain Americas, the Dora Milaje, a surprisingly charming supervillain, an army of radicalized super-soldiers, a forgotten hero, twists and turns - The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has it all. Plenty of action and intrigue took place behind the scenes, too.
Sebastian Stan Had To Lube Up With K-Y Jelly To Wear Bucky's Prosthetic Arm
The most characteristic thing about Bucky Barnes is his cybernetic left arm, a "gift" from Hydra during the decades-long brainwashing process that turned him into the stone-cold assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Though Barnes relays to Sam Wilson that he "doesn't always think of" using his more powerful arm because he's "right-handed," actor Sebastian Stan thought constantly about his costume's prosthetics during his performances as Barnes. In fact, Stan admitted to feeling uncomfortable lugging around the stiff, heavy, "hammer" of a costume piece in early films, when he was depicted with the Hydra-made titanium arm.
But the sleek, Wakanda-designed vibranium prosthetic seen in Avengers: Infinity War and in the series wasn't much more comfortable. Stan revealed in numerous interviews that K-Y Jelly lubricant was needed to help him slide his arm into the prosthetic sleeves, even when the ones he physically wore were later digitally erased and replaced with CGI.Cool fact?
Wyatt Russell Auditioned To Play Captain America Alongside Chris Evans
John Walker, as played by Wyatt Russell, is a character Marvel fans love to hate. His early introduction as Captain America 2.0 was generally met with indifference or ridicule online, but subsequent episodes were followed by far more vitriolic attacks on the character, simply because he was not Chris Evans's Captain America.
Ironically, the actor who played a man struggling to fill the shoes of a legend initially wanted to be the legend himself. Though he had appeared in a couple of his famous father's movies as a kid - Wyatt is the son of Kurt Russell - when he decided he wanted to be an actor, the first audition he landed was for the part of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. Though he lost out to Evans, Walker not only got a chance to be Captain America, but also got to bring U.S. Agent to life on the big screen for the first time.Cool fact?
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Was Secretly Escorted On Set To Play Val
In the age of social media, when everyone with a smartphone is an amateur paparazzo, it's nearly impossible for a big studio production to avoid leaks. Spoiler-filled MCU images reveal everything from where the latest productions are filming and the code names they are filming under, to what the heroes' new costumes will look like and which supervillains they will be facing.
As porous as Marvel's security has been over the years, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier managed to keep more than a few surprises under wraps, including the involvement of Julia Louis-Dreyfus as classic Marvel character Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. According to Louis-Dreyfus, she was escorted on and off the set covered head to toe in an oversize cloak and hood.Cool fact?
Anthony Mackie And Sebastian Stan Improvised Much Of The Therapy Session
As much as fans love to hear Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes arguing over who hates who more, that level of antagonism wouldn't have been sustainable if they were going to come together to stop the Flag Smashers. So The Falcon and the Winter Soldier features a hilariously uncomfortable joint therapy session between the two in episode 2, "The Star-Spangled Man," to help the characters move past their interpersonal problems.
The scene involves Wilson and Barnes facing each other in such close proximity that they have to interlock their knees while they address the issues between them, and it works brilliantly. According to Amy Aquino, who plays Barnes's court-appointed therapist Dr. Christina Raynor, the scene - including the awkward leg-locking - was almost completely improvised by the actors.Cool fact?