The showrunner of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has spoken out about Marvel’s Black representation.
Malcolm Spellman spoke at length to TV Line about Black Panther and what it meant to see a major Black cast. Furthermore, he confirmed that his series will build on what Ryan Coogler started by featuring a diverse cast of characters.
What did Spellman say about Black Panther?
Speaking first about 2018’s Black Panther, he noted the importance of seeing Black people in starring roles. The movie famously featured an almost entire cast of Black characters including T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Shuri (Letitia Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).
Spellman said of Black Panther: “When you start to see the direct impact that a Black superhero had on my nephew, that’s branded on my brain […] I believe that Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a nice progression with the mantle that [Black Panther director Ryan] Coogler and Chadwick [Boseman] left us. I really do believe that these giant Black icons are necessary, not only for Black kids, but for white kids to start to absorb — our people as being big and heroic.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will release on March 19th
The Disney+ exclusive series will premiere just a week after the finale of WandaVision. It stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, reprising their roles as Sam Wilson / Falcon and Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier.
Spellman still has nothing but praise for Marvel Studios and Black Panther in particular: “It was really empowering […] after hearing for the first 15 years of my career that being Black meant you had to only do niche things that were really small, to see all Black filmmakers and be one of them to be involved with projects that just appealed across every spectrum while remaining decidedly Black. That’s probably one of the best things about the path we took to get here.”
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will undoubtedly continue to promote diversity and inclusion. Moreover, it will likely introduce to the MCU’s first black Captain America, should Sam Wilson formally take up the mantle.
The series will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 19th. Returning characters include Daniel Brühl as Helmut Zemo (Captain America: Civil War) and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter (Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War). Additionally, it also stars Wyatt Russell as US Agent / John Walker. Watch the trailer right here.
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