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How COVID-19 impacted the debut of ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’

The Disney+ show got shut down in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic

Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in ‘Falcon and The Winter Soldier.’ ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ will have a new location that hasn’t been used before
Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) in “Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” Director Kari Skogland said the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Disney+ show to pivot its filming plans — but it may have helped the show in the end.
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“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” director Kari Skogland said the COVID-19 pandemic forced the show to pivot its filming plans — but it may have helped the show in the end.

Skogland spoke at a virtual global press conference over the weekend for “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” She was asked about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the show’s filming.

She said the show had to “pivot” after the COVID-19 shutdown. Instead of continuing filming, the show decided to jump into post-production for scenes they had already written.

  • “It turned into a weird opportunity that, while the world was changing, we were also able to really sharpen our focus.”
  • “Once we were shut down through COVID, we didn’t skip a beat and went straight into post-production and were able to continue editing and just sharpened the pencil,” Skogland said. “While the world was changing, we were really able to sharpen our focus. When we went back, we really knew what we were going for, what we were shooting for to finalize the series. It didn’t change anything, it really just helped us focus, I guess.”

Flashback

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” was meant to be the first Marvel show to debut on Disney+ — an honor that went to “WandaVision” instead. This was because Disney stopped production of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” from Marvel on March 10, 2020, due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

The show had been filming in Prague in the Czech Republic at the time. The country closed schools and created travel restrictions, which led to Marvel having to stop filming, Deadline reports. Much of “WandaVision” finished filming before the pandemic. The show wrapped up its production during the pandemic, according to ComicBook.com. Marvel decided to release it first.

  • According to Deadline, the show planned to shoot in Puerto Rico, too. But a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the southern coast in January 2020, delaying production at the time as well.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” missed its release date for August 2020 and was eventually pushed to March 2021 after “WandaVision” was added to the early 2021 slate.