Falcon and Winter Soldier’s Wyatt Russell on becoming New Captain America
[Ed. note: Spoilers ahead for episodes 1 and 2 of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. All quotes have been edited for concision and clarity.]
The best episode of the brand-new Marvel Cinematic Universe series The Falcon and the Winter Season Soldier acts on a plot thread from Avengers: Endgame: The initial Captain America, Steve Rogers, has actually retired, and passed his guard on to his buddy and partner Sam Wilson, a.k.a. the superhero Falcon. Welcomed to end up being the brand-new Captain America, Sam hands down the honor — and practically right away sees the U.S. federal government bless a various Captain America. Wyatt Russell (Overload, Everyone Desires Some!!) plays John Walker, a previous Marine who end up with Cap’s guard, his outfits, and his alias. He doesn’t have Steve’s powers, however in episode 2 of the program, he’s represented as a patriot who’s using up the Captain America function as his newest responsibility to his nation.
That’s a departure from the comics that influenced his arc, which offer the character a more complex history, both as Captain America and as a figure referred to as U.S. Representative. However Russell informs Polygon he prevented checking out previous variations of the character. “The problem with reading too many of the comics is, there are too many storylines to follow,” he states. “So it doesn’t really help me find this storyline, because he’s different in all of them. That’s what makes Marvel fun and cool, that’s what’s great about comics. But it doesn’t help me with the MCU version of the character. Following the storylines just gets super-confusing.”
Russell states he did look John Walker up on Wikipedia. “And I read for five minutes, and it was like, ‘Okay, no more, I’m more confused than when I started.’” Rather, he took a look at comics art of the character. “That told me who he was, in terms of figuring out how to how to play him. He’s got a different vibe as a person [than Steve Rogers], and he fights differently.”
Russell states simply responding to co-stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan offered him a manage on John Walker’s character, which series director Kari Skogland and on-set lead manufacturer Zoie Nagelhout were likewise practical sources. “I was able to ask them questions and give them my ideas and have them talk me through what was going on. You use each other to come up with the best version of the story. Everybody at Marvel’s great, so I felt confident with the personnel.”
“Kari is an unbelievable listener. She doesn’t come with solidified ways in her head that she wants you to be. With John, there’s no prior information in the MCU, so we’re creating something new. And in doing that, she allowed me freedom to try different versions of the character as we were shooting it.”
One part of the story he doesn’t appear to have actually engaged with, however, is the series’ handle race in America. Head author and program runner Malcolm Spellman states Falcon and the Winter Season Soldier was an opportunity to check out the Black experience, however Russell considers the brand-new Captain America as outdoors that story.
“I honestly don’t think he’s thinking much about the bigger issues,” Russell states. “They weren’t something I thought about much when we were shooting. He’s just the person who’s putting on the suit to try and protect people from the world. I think a lot of that has been put on to the show from events that have happened since we started filming, which have been interesting, and interesting to put on the show.”
Due to the fact that the very first 2 episodes of the program appear to have John blithely entering a function Sam struggled over, and changing among the MCU’s cherished long time heroes, fans have actually seen John as a subtle bad guy. Russell is completely going to accept that reaction. “What I liked about John in the first place was the polarizing aspect of him. I wanted to play that as a character. And as an actor, that’s kind of what you want — I always like playing characters where however you feel about him is how you feel. However they feel, I agree with them. I’m just there to do the job and disappear, and John will live on in DisneyPlusLand.”
The concept of the character living on raises some fascinating concerns about his future in the MCU. Asked if he’d want to continue playing John in the motion picture franchise, Russell stated “I hope so! We’ll see what happens to John. But look, I’d never say no after this experience with Marvel. Whenever you get the opportunity to work with people like that, you do it.”
He believes as Falcon and the Winter Season Soldier unfolds, John Walker’s function will shock the audience. “You definitely will learn more about him, and more about what he’s gone through, and how he reacts to certain situations. And you’ll start to understand a little bit of the inner workings of his psyche as the series continues.”
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.