As Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes have been reluctant allies since they first bickered over legroom in Captain America: Civil War. They're battle-hardened vets trying to do Cap proud, but they have what head writer Malcolm Spellman calls "a fair-and-ice dynamic."
“There’s an odd-couple kind of back-and-forth there,” Sebastian Stan explains. “Like, ‘I don’t really like you, but I might need you.’”
"There's a real chemistry there," Spellman says of Mackie and Stan, who often improvise insults on set. "Imagine getting to write the first installment of a buddy-cop series, knowing exactly what the rhythm and flavor is with the two characters before you even start."
The new series dives deeper into each man's psyche. Sam is dealing with what it means to be the next Captain America while Bucky is reckoning with his murderous past.
"It still feels like you're in a Philip K. Dick novel [or] a Tom Clancy movie. But at the same time, it's Sebastian and I, and we're idiots, so you get more of us being ourselves."