Crafting a show like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn’t easy. For Malcolm Spellman, it took the confidence in his pitch, as well as the skills to shepherd it to fruition. Luckily, not only did Marvel know that his chops were honed on shows like Empire, but they believed in his ability to execute this ambitious concept. The end result was something special, with kudos going to him for being the showrunner of it all. Managing to never once fall into the shadow of WandaVision, among other things, is worthy of some definite praise. Now, not only has he altered the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever, he’s set to co-write a fourth Captain America film next. All of this made it a no-brainer to want to talk to him about the series. As it contends for some Emmy attention, we hopped on Zoom for over a half hour to discuss it all. That conversation is coming to you today, and it’s a good one, I must say.
Below, you can hear my chat with Spellman. We talk about a lot, and get into some deep topics, not just superhero banter. Obviously, race in America is a big part of the show, so it’s a topic here. We get into what it means to see Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson as Captain America. We talk about Marvel too, don’t fear, but it’s a headier conversation than just about the MCU on its own. That’s part of what makes this such a legit and exciting Emmy contender. If you haven’t seen The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (or, more aptly now, Captain America and the Winter Soldier) yet, it is currently streaming on Disney+ for your viewing pleasure.
Here now is my interview with Malcolm Spellman, the showrunner for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Enjoy:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is currently streaming on Disney+!