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Marvel's new 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier' just debuted a new Captain America
We talk with the new guy in the star-spangled suit
Spoiler alert: This story addresses the ending and a major reveal from the first episode of the Disney+ Marvel series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”
Over the course of eight years and seven films, Chris Evans wielded the shield of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s resident all-American superhero and moral center.
Yet in the cliffhanger ending of the premiere of Marvel’s new “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” series (now streaming on Disney+), there’s another guy not named Steve Rogers who’s been picked to be Captain America.
The actor who plays him is steeled for any backlash: “People are probably going to hate it, and some people are going to love it,” says Wyatt Russell, whose new character John Walker now wears the star-spangled suit and wields that iconic shield – although the “A” on the outfit has undergone a snazzy makeover.
Movies and TV shows “are there to make people feel emotions, and I’m hoping that that’s what this show can do for people.
Hopefully they don’t hate me too much,” he adds.
But “it would be an honor, I guess, to be disliked in the Marvel universe.”
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“Winter Soldier” gives two supporting Avengers the spotlight: Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).
And both are former military men, just like Steve Rogers.
As a Marine, Walker also is a part of the armed forces when he gets his new government orders, as America seeks “new heroes” in an era of global turmoil.
But he’s a very different Cap than the last one.
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“I don’t think there’s really been many MCU characters who’ve had quite the dilemma he’s had in terms of trying to fit into this sort of moralistic superhero world,” Russell says of Walker.
“He’s been thrust into this role as Captain America and he’s going to do it his way, and he wants to do it right.
But his way is a very specific way that he has learned through being basically a trained human hunter.
I mean, that’s what Marines are.
They’re not Steve Rogers, they’re not the same.
They’re not like Boy Scouts anymore.
They’re a little bit more gnarly.”
While Steve Rogers was infused with super-soldier serum during World War II, John Walker is a different Cap for the times.
“There’s always an element of reality (in the show) where it’s like, well, sometimes you need that guy, and it’s not always pretty,” adds Russell, the 34-year-old son of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (who joined the MCU in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
“It’s fun to play those characters because they’re always at odds with themselves.
They’re always at odds with their own abilities and with their own moral compass.
They know what is right, kind of, but they also want to win and they battle with that.”
Walker’s a grounded character with a complicated history, Stan says.
“A lot of times (soldiers) go out there and put their hearts and bodies on the line, they come back missing limbs, they come back with PTSD.
That’s some of the Bucky stuff (and) a lot of that is also part of John Walker’s story.”
While it might look cool, wearing Captain America’s superhero suit wasn’t exactly enjoyable for Russell.
Painful,” he says, describing the “stiff” outfit.
“My shoulders kinda got screwed up and things started to hurt just because of the position that the suit would put you in all day,” adds the actor, who already had shoulder issues from “another life” as a former professional ice hockey player.
He also went through the mighty Marvel fitness routine, but took a “different direction,” seeking a more realistic physique for Walker in this larger-than-life superhero world.
“He’s strong, but he’s not a super soldier.
I wanted him to look normal, in shape,” says Russell, who found the workouts “unbelievably physical.”
Russell has a lot of respect for what Evans did for most of a decade.
“He did have an unreal, unbelievable job,” Russell says.
“That was a really different version of Captain America, with far less problems.
He was fighting Nazis and he had less internal issues to deal with because everyone thought he was perfect.
That’s just so hard to play, and he did such a great job of actually bringing some conflict with the character.
Who else can play Captain America like Chris Evans? Nobody.
And what’s good about this show is that it takes that in hand, where it’s like, ‘Well, who else is going to (expletive) play Captain America? This guy?’ “
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Calls (streaming on Apple TV+): Made for binge-watching, in chapters ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, this innovative and brisk nine-part thriller reaches back to the
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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (streaming on Disney+): Hot on the heels of WandaVision comes a more conventional superhero spinoff from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles of Sam “Falcon” Wilson and James “Bucky” Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier) in a rollicking six-part adventure.
Look for Captain America’s shield, bequeathed to Sam in The Avengers: Endgame, to play a big role in the story, which eventually leads the bickering buddies to take on the diabolical Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) with the help of Sharon Carter (The Resident’s Emily VanCamp).
But first, after a thrilling and high-flying start, the series catches up with Sam as he reconnects with his Louisiana family, while Bucky tries making amends for his past misdeeds.
Calls (streaming on Apple TV+): Made for binge-watching, in chapters ranging from 15 to 20 minutes, this innovative and brisk nine-part thriller reaches back to the days when radio dramas stimulated the imagination by making listeners picture what they couldn’t see.
Reminiscent of The Twilight Zone at its most gripping, Calls unfolds as a series of increasingly frantic and fantastical phone calls, which we observe only as sound waves (among other inventive graphic devices) as we follow along, reading the words of each conversation.
It soon becomes clear that Calls is playing with time, with freaky consequences.
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Country Comfort (streaming on Netflix): If sitcom comfort food is more to your liking, it doesn’t get much more traditional than this countrified Sound of Music knockoff starring American Idol/Smash veteran Katharine McPhee as Bailey, a wannabe country-music singer who needs a new start after being kicked out of her band — by her own boyfriend.
She soon finds herself hired as nanny by widowed cowboy Beau (Eddie Cibrian) to care for his five kids.
And wouldn’t you know they just happen to be musically inclined? (Wondering if there’s a tumbleweed equivalent to “Edelweiss,” just saying.)
Renée Fleming in Concert (9/8c, PBS, check local listings at pbs.org): Should your musical tastes lean more toward the highbrow, Great Performances at the Met launches its 15th season with a dozen concerts featuring some of the biggest names, and voices, in opera, performing in intimate settings.
(The Metropolitan Opera remains closed for now, like most performing venues.) First up is the renowned soprano Renée Fleming, singing arias from Puccini and Massenet, with selections by Handel and Korngold, in a concert from the music salon of Washington, D.C.’s Dumbarton Oaks.
Inside Friday TV: Not content to be a delivery system for streaming apps, The Roku Channel is now in the original programming business, acquiring the seven-episode thriller Cypher for streaming.
Martin Dingle Wall stars as FBI cryptanalyst Will Scott, who deciphers a hit list that makes him a target for assassins and hackers… New to Netflix: the docuseries Formula 1: Drive to Survive, following pro race-car drivers in the 2020 Formula One World Championship as they steer through a pandemic-shortened season; and the original action drama Sky Rojo, from the creators of the hit Money Heist, about three desperate women on the run from their pimp and his henchmen… truTV’s Double Cross with Blake Griffin (5:30/4:30c, also following NCAA coverage) is a prank show with a twist, when the NBA star conspires with the intended target to turn the tables on the prankster… HGTV’s Everything but the House (9/8c), hosted by Lara Spencer, aims to make your household junk profitable.
A team of pro appraisers sift through homes looking for items that might have been sundersold at a garage/yard sale, listing them in competitive online auctions… WE tv’s Mama June: Road to Redemption (9/8c) revisits the infamous Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family a year into Mama June Shannon’s sobriety, as she hopes to bring her unruly family back together.
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