The Directors of Captain America 3 Are Making It Sound Really Cool Almost 2 Years Before We’ll Get To See It
Last we heard from Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo they were winning our hearts by talking about how they like to take a little thing called logic into account when writing their screenplays. Well, with the Winter Soldier DVD/Blu-ray just having come out, they’re still doing press junkets, and that’s yielded some quotes about how fans are going to “freak out” about Cap 3, which they’re also directing. Guys. Quit playin’ games with my heart.
Speaking to Movies.com, Anthony Russo teased the arrival of a new character to the Cap franchise, saying “I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think fans are going to freak out when they hear about it.” One possibility is Hawkeye, given Jeremy Renner’s statement about there being “rumblings” of his character being in Cap 3. Personally, I’m holding out for Doop.
Not only that, but there’s going to be a big twist in Cap 3, similar to what The Winter Soldier did with SHIELD and HYDRA. Intriguingly, it’s related to the yet-unannounced title, of which Joe Russo said to CraveOnline: “If you’ve been talking to [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige], the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain. It’s all part of the road map that he’s laid out, and it’s all part of the bigger plan.”
Feige’s road map has certain huge things taking place in the MCU, with individual writers and directors given autonomy on more film-specific events. “The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Cap 2 was the fall of Hydra,” explains Joe. “Similarly there is a very, very big idea at the center of Cap 3… Usually it’s just one big idea that alters the universe as a whole in some way, that has interconnectedness that [Feige]’s grabbed on to. That’s the case with Cap 3, but as far as villain and story arc and tone, all that stuff is left up to us.”
Anthony also spoke to MTV about the trilogy having “a beginning, middle, and end”—which isn’t news, it’s storytelling. But he then went on to say that “the great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters. As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern, as the publishing has, where there’s closure with some characters and new beginnings with other characters. How those hand-offs are made is always part of the fun.”
So is he speaking in the general sense, or could Steve Rogers be handing off his shield to another character (Sebastian Stan, say, who has a 9-picture deal with Marvel) at the end of Cap 3? Not so fast, says Chris Evans:
“Who’s handing off the shield? Don’t take my job from me prematurely dude… not yet. I’ve got a few more movies I’ve got to finish first — which I’m happy to do. I’m sure it’ll happen at some point, all good things have to come to an end. But I’m really happy playing the character.”
But there will still be Bucky. Oh yes, there will be Bucky. Break our hearts, Anthony:
“The relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier was never resolved at the end of the last movie. Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world’s most feared assassin or is he the world’s longest-serving POW? Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he’s been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie.”
May 6, 2016 isn’t that far away. I can definitely make it. *twitch*
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