The Falcon and the Winter Soldier had its Prague shoot interrupted for six months last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the first episode of the new Marvel show has just been released today on Disney+.
The new show, which was primarily filmed in Atlanta, began shooting in Prague in March 2020. Local production was disbanded after just a few days of shooting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and resumed in October.
In total, roughly two weeks worth of scenes for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier were shot in Prague, with numerous locations in and around the city’s historical center being utilized.
Prague, however, does not play itself in the new show. At least some scenes filmed on the city’s streets will stand in for locations in Latvia, and the Czech capital can be seen filling in for other locations in the debut episode last night.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier follows the titular superheroes after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is still mourning the loss of his friend Steve Rogers, while the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is coming to grips with his former life as a Hydra killing machine.
In the first episode, at least two recognizable locations in Prague can be spotted filling in for other locales.
That’s the opulent Živnostenská Banka Palace (Palác Živnostenské Banky) on Na Příkopě street in Prague’s Old Town filling in for a luxury hotel in an unnamed country during a Winter Soldier flashback. See some photos of the impressive interior location here.
Later in the episode, the exterior of the Czech Ministry of Culture on Maltézské náměstí in Prague’s Malá Strana fills in for the fictional Gasel Bank in Switzerland during a robbery sequence.
It’s also possible that a Prague courtyard stood in for a Tunisian cafe in an early scene in the episode, though I can’t quite place it.
Unlike other streaming platforms, Disney+ has been releasing episodes of its original programming on a weekly basis, following the traditional broadcast TV method.
Keep an eye for additional Prague locations in future episodes of the six-episode show, available on Fridays through the end of April.
Prague reportedly fills in for locations in Latvia, Tunisia, Turkey, Poland, Russia, and Germany throughout the series.
While not yet available in the Czech Republic, Disney+ is viewable for those using a VPN or similar service. The platform tentatively plans to launch in central European markets later this year.