"I'm too old for this s**t." Something that everyone can surely agree on is that the year 2020 feels like an emotional roller coaster, and that one thing after another keeps getting in the way of people being able to enjoy their day-to-day lives. Fans of the MCU are able to attest to this more than most, as all of this year's most anticipated Marvel projects have either been pushed back or delayed indefinitely due to the global COVID-19 pandemic - even content that was almost ready to be revealed to the world.
The much anticipated Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - led by MCU fan-favorites Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan - was originally set to debut in August 2020, but filming for the project was halted several weeks before completion due to the worldwide crisis. Despite actor Sebastian Stan recently teasing that the show will be worth the wait, little has been revealed as to how close the project was to wrapping up filming, or when it will resume production. In the meantime, the Bucky Barnes actor has now provided a clearer look at where the series was in its creation, as well as some lighter-hearted talk regarding the dynamic between him and Mackie.
On April 29, Sebastian Stan tuned into the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations at Home with Variety's Jenelle Riley, via Twitter user MsLizzieHill, to answer some questions during this unprecedented downtime. When asked about how he's enjoying continuing in the MCU as Bucky Barnes, Stan had this to say:
"It's interesting because I've played this character now for 10 years, and he's sort of evolved, as I have as a human, as a man, sort of you know as I get older, and I think that might be my favorite thing about playing a character over and over again, is like they sort of age with you a little bit, and then when you go back to playing them, there are certain characteristics that you know they have, and then you can go 'Okay, well where are they with that now?' [...] So it's like 'where is the character that, 5 years ago, was in that place now with that?' And that becomes interesting to sort of explore, you know?"
When asked if the production crew was able to complete shooting for the much anticipated Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Stan said that they have "roughly about a few weeks of shooting" left, because everything had "slowed down" as soon as they got to Prague. When asked about his time with co-star Anthony Mackie, Sebastian spared no detail in expressing how he felt while working alongside the Falcon.
"We've had a lot of fun. Anthony is a riot to work with. He really brings the best and the worst out of me. And I just love and I hate him at the same time. But that's our dynamic, and I think it was so fun to finally get the time to really explore that with him, because we only had a couple of scenes across the movies [...] We really got to dive into that relationship, and it's super fun, I mean in terms of very much that Lethal Weapon world."
You can view the half-hour interview in its entirety below.
WHAT THIS MEANS
Hearing straight from the Winter Soldier himself the level of investment that he's put into the character and how thoroughly he enjoys playing Bucky is great for any Marvel fan to hear. Even more so, Stan stating that he and Mackie share a Riggs/Murtaugh-type relationship should bring a whole new level of excitement to fans that are looking forward to watching The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, as there is never a dull moment between the two in the 4-film Lethal Weapon saga.
Taking into account the fact that Sam Wilson is still "territorial" and "not trusting Bucky" according to Stan's remarks, combined with how the actor compares Sam and Bucky's relationship to the infamous cop duo of Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, fans should expect to see some serious character growth between these two throughout the series, as well as some very exciting, action-packed moments that the heroic pair will navigate together.