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Why Movie Fans Will Absolutely Love The Falcon And The Winter Soldier

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are all hyped up for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the MCU's sophomore foray into Disney+ show format. With WandaVision's reality-bending sitcom witchery brought to conclusion, it seems pretty clear that Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) are about to take fans on a far more traditional adventure ... or are they? 

Apart from the details gathered from the trailer and teaser — along with a bunch of cool fan theories – MCU fans still don't know all that much about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier's true nature, and the people behind the show have been keeping exactly as quiet as you'd expect of anyone involved in an MCU project (Tom Holland notwithstanding). 

At least, up until now. Looper attended a recent digital press conference for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and we found out that it's not just MCU fans who will find a lot to like about the show. Here's why all movie fans will absolutely love The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier channels the buddy cop film genre

If WandaVision drew inspiration from sitcoms, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is all about buddy cop movies. According to the show's head writer, Malcolm Spellman, the decision to take Sam and Bucky's story in this direction was a no-brainer, thanks to the palpable buddy cop chemistry the pair displayed in Captain America: Civil War. "There was about a 12-second moment in Civil War where it feels like every single Marvel fan ... knew that these guys are going to be able to support a movie or a franchise," he said. 

Spellman also revealed that harnessing Mackie and Stan's talents in the buddy cop genre allowed for great versatility. "Tonally, you can go from as gritty as 48 Hours to as comedic as Rush Hour, but in between there's sort of like the first Lethal Weapon and the first Bad Boys. And what we liked about it was it allows Sebastian and Anthony to do what they do and create that magic, but also allows the broader creative to — if you need to take on real issues or if you need to get into something very Marvel-y, it's a very, very durable form of storytelling." 

Since Spellman name-checks all these classics, it seems likely that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is going to draw inspiration from at least some of them, much like WandaVision pays homage to the best creations in its chosen genre. So, fans of buddy cop movies — prepare for a serious treat.  

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres on Disney+ on March 19, 2021.