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Exclusive: Get a look behind the scenes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is about to start flying high. 

Courtesy of BACKGRIDLooper has obtained a look behind the scenes of the hotly anticipated upcoming series, starring Marvel Cinematic Universe favorites Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. The two actors, who last shared the screen in 2019's heartbreaking ensemble film Avengers: Endgame, will reprise their roles as the quick-witted Sam Wilson (aka the Falcon) and the kind-hearted good-guy-turned-bad-guy-turned-good-guy Bucky Barnes (aka the Winter Soldier). They were recently seen hamming it up on the series' set in a photo that Stan shared to his Instagram page on Monday, September 14, 2020.

This being a Marvel Studios production barreling towards a late 2020 launch date on Disney+, a few other other stars have joined Mackie and Stan on set in Atlanta, Georgia as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier resumes production following a COVID-induced delay earlier this year. 

First, there's Georges St. Pierre, who's evidently stepping back into his role as Batroc the Leaper, which he originated in 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the set snap, he's seen rocking a purple jacket over a brown shirt — signature Batroc colors. Also known as Georges Batroc, Batroc the Leaper is a kickboxing expert (specializing in savate, a French kickboxing sport) and mercenary; and in The Winter Soldier, he battled against Chris Evans' Captain America (Bucky's BFF). One can only imagine the trouble he'll cause on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Also spotted on set was Desmond Chiam, the actor known for his roles as General Riga on The Shannara Chronicles, Jethro on Now Apocalypse, and Wyatt Cole in Reef Break. It's not known yet who Chiam is playing on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but whoever it is, he's someone who looks extra-cool in a black leather jacket. 

Finally, actress Emily VanCamp was photographed on the set of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – dressed in a smart navy-blue pant suit in character as Sharon Carter, the niece of none other than Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers' longtime love. A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent herself, Sharon will apparently have quite the story on the upcoming series. As VanCamp previously teased to Entertainment Weekly, "We're obviously going to find out where Sharon's been all this time because she's been on the run." Plus, there's the matter of that kiss Sharon shared with Steve in Civil War. Stan told the outlet that he's "still thinking about that kiss, still trying to figure it all out." (Countless fans are with you on that one, Stan.)

The other characters who will appear on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Mackie, Stan, St. Pierre, Chiam, and VanCamp comprise just a portion of the cast of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — despite what set photos may suggest. Joining the five actors for the series are Daniel Brühl, Wyatt Russell, Adepero Oduye, Miki Ishikawa, Noah Mills, and Carl Lumbly. It's not yet known who Oduye, Ishikawa, Mills, and Lumbly are portraying, but info about Brühl and Russell's characters is out there in the open. 

Brühl will, of course, reprise his chilling role as the Sokovian terrorist Baron Helmut Zemo — otherwise known as "that dude who caused the Avengers to break up." Seeing Zemo back on screen is an exciting prospect for fans, and Brühl couldn't have been happier to return to the Marvel universe with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

"Whilst I was shooting Angel of Darkness [the second season of The Alienist, on which he plays Dr. Laszlo Kreizler], I got the news that they wanted me to come back to shoot The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. I remember that Kari Skogland, the director, came to Budapest and we recorded something with me being Zemo, and I was very happy and enthusiastic to see the mask," Brühl shared in an interview with Collider. "I was incredibly thrilled to go back because I remember that I had a lot of fun being in something completely different and getting to explore the MCU and become part of that. I have the fondest memories of collaborating with all of these wonderful actors. And to see Sebastian Stan again and Anthony Mackie this time around, and to come back to something which, on the one hand, felt common and known and on the other hand, [was] something completely new and something fresh [was amazing]."

As for Russell, he's playing John Walker, a sort of neo-Captain America. A creation of the U.S. government, Walker was originally known as Super-Patriot, a violent and militaristic Captain America replacement, when he was first introduced in 1986's Captain America No. 323; he then served as a version of Cap before finally becoming the superhero U.S.Agent.

All in all, there's a lot to look forward to with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Keep an eye out for its release date, slated for sometime in late 2020.