The Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer reveals the importance of Don Cheadle in that first episode 1 month ago

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer reveals the importance of Don Cheadle in that first episode

It was a small but powerful scene and one that the show's writers knew held a lot of significance.

If you had already been watching WandaVision, then you know that Disney and Marvel are not afraid to dip into their impressive catalogue of talent if and when one of their shows might require it.

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The same goes for the very first episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, with the sudden appearance of James Rhodes, aka War Machine (played by Don Cheadle), who is present at Sam Wilson's (Anthony Mackie) gifting of Steve Rogers' shield to the US government to be cased in the Smithsonian Museum.

On the first episode of TBR Spotlight: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier [LISTEN from 30.28 below], Rory and Eoghan break down that re-introduction of James Rhodes and what it might mean for the future of the show:

JOE chatted to Malcolm Spellman, the producer and head writer of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and we had to know about that powerful scene between Rhodey and Wilson:

"It is funny, you're the first white reporter who has actually keyed in on that. The specificity of those two being together like that, and remember, our writer's room was mostly black.

"That was not by accident. It was the idea of Marvel's two black heroes, you know what I'm saying? Having a moment, dealing with a really poignant issue.

"We knew, in our minds, those two probably talked to each other pretty regularly. Because they gotta deal with being pulled over by police, they gotta deal with being denied bank loans, or whatever.

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"No, that was not by accident, it came from a thoughtful place. And the two actors took it - and they always do that - with silence, they could do more than you could ever write, y'know?"

The second episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier debuts on Disney+ on Friday, 26 March.

Check out our full interview with Spellman right here:

Clip via Disney Ireland

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