So we know that Captain America is still looking for a leading lady, and that it’s going to be about Bucky Barnes, and that Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow will appear… but what about her other S.H.I.E.L.D. brethren? Well, we have two confirmed.
Variety has confirmed that Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders are on the cast list for the sequel, which surely means that we’ll be seeing more of Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill. Perhaps we’ll even see how their relationship with each other and the mysterious board of figures that controls S.H.I.E.L.D. evolves.
According to deleted scenes from The Avengers, Hill regards the Battle of New York not as a victory and close call for the human race, but as an immense failure of mismanagement on Fury’s part. The greater danger, she thinks, was not the alien invasion, but the fact that four to six of the world’s most dangerous people were brought together as allies.
But, hey. It’s also a Captain America movie that’s trying to tell the story of Winter Soldier, and will apparently involve Crossbones. Who’s Crossbones? He’s a Captain America villain with a history of brainwashing/hypnotizing Cap’s allies into enemies and hanging around with Red Skull and his descendants, character details that could be used quite easily by a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger sequel that’s trying to tell the Winter Soldier story. Crossbones is reportedly being played by Frank Grillo.