In a recent Twitter discussion, the writer for one of Disney Plus' new Marvel series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, answered fan questions about the upcoming show, shedding some light on the tone fans can expect from the team-up series.
Derek Kolstad is best known for creating the high-action, "gun-fu" franchise John Wick starring Keanu Reeves. Kolstad served as a writer on all three John Wick films, a series most known for its non-stop violence and simple plot that's guided by a serious, well-paced tone. Now, he'll be taking a seat in the writer's room for Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan's new series from Marvel. To discuss this shift, Kolstad took over the Twitter account for Discussing Film and answered a few fan questions.
@Khalil_Deadpool asked, "Will you incorporate tonal elements from John Wick into the Winter Soldier and Falcon show?" Kolstad replied, but was light on the details.
"There's a wink and a nod to the world building of John Wick to be sure. Just fewer head shots."
John Wick's world building was somewhat unique in that most of it happened in the later films, and all of it was gleaned from actions and plot points rather than much spoken exposition. Although most of Wick's backstory was told to us by villainous monologues or warnings, we spent much of the franchise wondering how the coins worked. Kolstad's initial answer didn't truly speak to the tone or look of the series, so @plzme2012 posed the question, "What kind of tone are you hoping to utilize for Falcon & The Winter Soldier?" to which Kolstad replied,
"In a post-blip world, while touching upon the darkness of it all, there's got to be some resilient fun to it."
For anyone who has seen an interview featuring Mackie and Stan, "resilient fun," is a great way to describe their interactions, so its reassuring to know we may get to witness less guilt-ridden Winter Soldier, and more dry humored Bucky. Kolstad was able to touch upon this element when @Xingmi4life asked, "The MCU has always thrived in portraying strong friendships and feelings and strong care being felt without words but in action. In contrary, romance in the MCU has been lacking in true chemistry and development for the most part. Will FAWS focus more on platonic relationships?" and he replied with this.
"Totally. There is an element of Band of Brothers to this by way of Lethal Weapon."
John Wick was known for its simple storylines and beats that were fairly easy to follow, unlike the massive toy box that the MCU has to play with. Overall, it seems like Kolstad is focused on making The Falcon and The Winter Soldier a fun buddy adventure, and we're here for it.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is set to premiere on Disney Plus in the fall of 2020, after Black Widow hits theaters on May 1. The Eternals is set to release on November 6 2020, closing the 2020 MCU release schedule.