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Recently, Nightmarish Conjurings‘ Shannon McGrew had the opportunity to attend the virtual press conference for Marvel Studios’ latest Disney+ series, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, moderated by Kelley Carter of The Undefeated. During the event, actors Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan discussed everything from their character’s evolution to how PTSD plays a major role in the series.

In THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, all eyes are on the shield, as Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) decide to team up – or rather, work together – when a new global threat launches them into an unexpected mission that may hit too close to home.

In this six-part series, fans get the chance to better understand two of their favorite Avengers characters. When speaking on his character, Anthony Mackie took the time to explain the evolution of Sam and what fans can expect from his character going into the series:

“The idea of Sam Wilson, and the evolution of what’s known as The Falcon, to be able to go back and dive into his backstory, and his family, and his surroundings, only betters the character for the audience. We’re in a place now where we want the audience to know and learn these new characters, especially since Kevin [Feige] finally killed Iron Man,” laughed Mackie. “We have to put ourselves in a position where we have to introduce these new characters to the audience and give them that relationship. That history that they’ve built over 10 years we now have six episodes to play catch-up on, post blip. It’s always great to learn more and give more about your character.

(L-R): Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2020. All Rights Reserved.

As for Bucky, his biggest challenge since becoming free of Hydra’s control has been finding himself while also dealing with the effects of PSTD. When speaking on his character, Sebastian Stan discussed how PTSD plays a major part in the series:

“The whole subject of PTSD and the experience that they [Bucky and Sam] both share as soldiers, as men who have served, is one of the things that brings them together, and there’s sort of an honor code between them. Even though they come from different ideas or opinions about things, there’s a mutual respect,” explained Stan. “PTSD is not something that just sort of goes away and you’re done with it, it’s really something that one has to continue to grow with and to become better at dealing with. It’s a major part of our show, and it grounds both of these characters in very realistic ways.” 

THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER is a cinematic viewing experience that brings two beloved Avengers characters to the small screen and explores their friendship and struggles with the added addition of Marvel’s signature twists.

The first episode of THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER is now streaming exclusively on Disney+. For more on what to expect with the first episode, check out our review here.

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