Kari Skogland is enjoying her foray into the Marvel Universe!
Skogland, Canadian director extraordinaire has had quite the career.
The Ottawa native has directed some of the biggest TV shows to hit the airwaves. Some of those shows are The Walking Dead and The Handmaid’s Tale. She also directed episodes of Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Longmire, Vikings, House of Cards. And she directed The Loudest Voice starring Russell Crowe.
Kari’s latest gig takes her deep into the Marvel Universe. She is the sole director for Season one of the hit Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier follows on the heels of the MCU’s great success with WandaVision. The second Marvel-based series shifts the focus from romance to bromance. Sam Wilson officially takes on the Captain America moniker. And Bucky Barnes grapples with the consequences of the experiments performed on him.
The series packs a lot of action, but Skogland also steeps it in drama, tackling some pretty serious issues. Many of the action movies Skogland watched as inspirations for the show included Lethal Weapon, 48 Hours and Midnight Run.
Skogland was insistent that the series have a deeper emotional aspect. So she also watched a lot of emotional dramas as well, from Midnight Cowboy to Easy Rider. She also admits that working on a show like The Walking Dead gave her plenty of inspiration. The characters there inspired the formation of that buddy/bromance between Sam and Bucky.
Skogland loves that Falcon and Winter Soldier is more of a character-based story than past Marvel movies. She also found it interesting that it focuses on these men. They essentially come from the same place but are still so very different. She says having six episodes to explore their character arc was key to building tension between them.
The final episode of the series set to air this Friday April 23rd. So our Bonnie Laufer caught up with Skogland via Zoom. They discussed the series and that surprise cameo in episode five that everyone is talking about!
- Rated: TV-14
- Genre: Action, Drama
- Release Date: 3/19/2021
- Directed by: Kari Skogland
- Starring: Anthony Mackie, Emily Van Camp, Sebastian Stan, Wyatt Russell
- Produced by: Ariella Blejer, Dawn Kamoche, Louis D'Esposito, Sarah Finn
- Written by: Ed Brubaker, Gene Colan, Jack Kirby, Malcolm Spellman, Stan Lee, Steve Epting
- Studio: Disney, Marvel