‘Captain America 2′ Determines ‘Where Loyalties Lie’ in ‘Avengers 2′

Published 2 years ago by , Updated April 12th, 2013 at 10:31 pm,

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Now that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has entered production, the details are starting to trickle in. The first set photo of a somber Cap has been released, a UFC legend has been cast as a villain, and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are assembled to help usher the world’s first super-soldier into a new century. A task made all the more important due to events that are fast approaching.

How can a modern world of highly-trained military operatives fit in a world of mystical energy and alien threats? The scriptwriters behind Captain America 2, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, explain that striking a balance means including themes, not scenes, that will work towards the future of Marvel’s movie universe.

Not only is the writing duo credited with The Winter Soldier‘s script, but they’ve also put time in on the screenplay for Thor: The Dark World. Confessing that there is little overlap between a super-soldier frozen in time and a Norse god, Markus and McFeely do approach each from the same angle; heroes tend to get into trouble, and must get themselves out. That is one drive that both heroes share, but given the shift in genre and mythology seen for both of the Avengers’ sequels, we wouldn’t count on substantial cameos anytime soon.

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With far more of their own writing being seen in Captain America 2, Markus and McFeely aren’t treading unfamiliar ground. Having provided the screenplay for Captain America: The First Avenger, fans might assume that the same sense of fantasy and adventure witnessed in Cap’s first outing would be preserved. But in an interview with /Film, McFeely clarifies that Cap now inhabits a whole new world; meaning a whole new story is required:

“It’ll feel like a different genre, we can say that. We’re very proud of the first one because it was our love letter, and Joe Johnson’s love letter, to Indiana Jones, so it had that Forties vibe to it. This is much more of a modern conspiracy political thriller. So it’s a fast ride. The action will fell commensurate. You’ll see Cap fight in a way that you have never seen before, or at least not for him. The DNA is the same, but the animal is different.”

‘Similar, but different’ seems to be a term that could describe several aspects of The Winter Soldier at this point. With a brand new costume for the sequel that seems more at home on a battlefield, and a brand new partner capable of flight, Cap’s second film is going to have to strike a balance between realism and fantasy.

Despite Steve Rogers’ less-than-realistic origin story – and the chance for some wackier villains in the sequel – Markus maintains that “Cap is much more about realism.” Given that assessment, and their promise of “a different genre,” Kevin Feige’s past claims of Captain America 2 being more of a “political thriller” than superhero story make sense. But what could that mean for the more cosmic expectations for The Avengers 2?

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier teaming Rogers with Black Widow, Nick Fury, more agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and even Robert Redford as the organization’s head, there’s no mistaking that the film will be the most direct sequel to The Avengers. And with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) set to play a larger role in the film than some had assumed, the chance to build on that relationship is something McFeely and Markus make the most of. As they explained to Collider:

Markus: [Black Widow is] a great—both in attitude and in profession—a great contrast to Steve Rogers.  She’s incredibly modern, not very reverent, and just very straightforward whereas Steve is, you know a man from the 40s.  He’s not a boy scout, but he is reserved and has a moral center, whereas her moral center moves.

Given Cap’s role as the leader of the super team and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s nature as the intelligence branch of the Marvel universe, it’s been assumed that The Winter Soldier would be setting the stage for The Avengers 2 in more than a few ways.

After all, the next time audiences see the government agents will be in the Avengers 2, so how do Markus and McFeely handle that kind of responsibility? As it turns out, Captain America will have little to do with the rest of the heroes in his standalone film; but even though this is Steve Rogers’ story, the ‘political intrigue’ will have ramifications going forward:

McFeely: Kevin is the dungeon master, so if there’s something we really need to know, he’ll tell us, but he doesn’t steer us. With rare exceptions does he say “We can’t do that because of this next movie.” More often than not he’ll say “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.”

Markus: And more often than not, when you’re thinking of the movies as a whole, it’s “What do you want the state of the world to be when Avengers 2 kicks off?” It’s never like, Cap has to put down a briefcase so the Hulk can pick it up. It’s never that specific. It’s sort of like, “Where do you want loyalties to lie when that movie opens?”

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All it takes is one look at Marvel’s concept artwork for ‘Phase Two’ to see how the action – and characters – will be getting bigger, badder, and more outrageous. Even if political intrigue or backroom dealings aren’t as thrilling for many as hammer-throwing or shield-bashing, the work put into the more relatable heroes of the Marvel universe is more than necessary.

Audiences may not concern themselves with how Captain America and Nick Fury get along, or where Black Widow fits into the mix once the bullets start flying, but it will provide a way into a cosmic adventure with an increasing number of alien characters – the same reason Guardians of the Galaxy put Chris Pratt at its heart. And with actors like Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson in the cast, the more scenes putting them face to face, the better.

Exactly where the loyalties lie when The Avengers 2 kicks off will likely require more than one film to establish, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be a major player in that department. What conflicts or allegiances do you hope to see established? Think friendly characters may prove to be less than helpful when they’re needed most? Leave your predictions in the comments.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases on April 4, 2014.


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  1. I really hope Cap 2 doesn’t buckle under the weight of all this extraneous content of having to establish so many characters and relationships, as well as keeping it grounded in the sense of it still being about how Captain American fits into the modern world. As for its release date next April, I greatly admire Disney/Marvel releasing it during this time to potentially convince other studios to do the same.

  2. Winter Soldier is the main angle that Cap is dealing with then HYDRA is what SHIELD will be dealing with then you have Batroc & Crossbones. Batro will probably just be a glorified Merc working for the main villains and Crossbones will be one of the main antagonist that takes on Cap and SHIELD but who’s the real one pulling the strings here they’ve kept that pretty under wraps with not even subtle casting announcement. Red Skull most likely will not return and some rumors say its Baron Zemo but I’m curious to find out.

    • Actualy, Batroc is something a little bit more interesting, because other than perhaps his outfit, he was kinda realistic, as in he only leaped(he new a french martial art), he had a moral code, but he did have a steroetypical french accent. However, I could see him fighting cap in the beginning, giving him a trouncing, and escaping…. actualy the original encounter would work to, Batroc is hired to intercept agent 13 and steal a package, cap sees him doing it, they fight, the package is damaged(it has a radioactive kinda substance in it), Agent 13 steals it back, they chase after her together when they see the package is glowing, they stop her together, but batroc gets away with the package, and gets it to the buyers, which could be the primary villians of the film(though we dont know it yet), cap crashes in, but everyone escapes

      Then near the finale Cap runs into Batroc again, they tussle, but then Cap reveals what the real villians are up to, then Batroc helps him take them down, then leaps off into the night his conscience cleared.

      I just really hope they keep a variation of the costume, zee accent and the Facial hair! he needs the beard and mustache!

      But I really do see him getting away and being a pest in the future

      • I hear what your saying about Batroc being an interesting chracter from the comics but it’s not the character from the comics but the person in the role that make me think he wont have a big acting part. I don’t know if you follow MMA/UFC at all but Georges St-Pierre is a very stiff & robotic interview and while acting is a bit different then being interviewed he’s just not suited for a large acting/talking role from everything that he’s done, while he could prove to be a very interesting character when it comes to action but he probably won’t have much depth. Here’s to hoping he proves me wrong but that’ all I was getting at.

      • they should have hired that french dude from D-12 and also live free or diehard. he had some pretty sick moves.

      • @mando-ant-man, Wi’, missuer, Batroc will have zee, beard and zee mustache in zee movie. Georges St. Pierre has grown his facial hair and hair on his head for it, Marvel told him to.

  3. @Screenrant Did you guys receive word of Bryan’s Singer’s tweet of Cerebro from X-Men: Days of Future Past?

    • WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT CEREBRO AND X-MEN? they have NOTHING TO DO with THIS marvel universe!
      WOW, me thinks you are posting about the wrong story!!!!

      • Yeah, and by the way, WHERE’S CYCLOPS!!??

      • I care about Cerebro and the X-Men. No need to yell, dude.

      • @Snappy D, No need to yell, but I agree too. I don’t give a racoon’s arse about foX-Men or any other pseudo Marvel characters. Screenrant has other articles to post on those, this is a Marvel Studios thread not about pseudo-or FAUX-Marvel characters.

  4. This post just points to the fact that everyone behind the screen have learned from Phase 1 slate of films to offer better films in the second Phase.

    I like the idea that while the events may become more fantastical and outrageous that there is a juxtaposing grounded and relatable nature that is increasing. I find this a necessary and correct decision as it allows the audience to still feel invested in the characters and their problems no matter how unbelievable we the audience find them to be. Suspension of disbelief. Plus, it would also mean to try and make sure the more campy-elements are not over-drawn and that the drama is engaging and provocative in a interesting and dynamic manner.

    I like the sound of the Phase 2 films and in Winter Soldier being the main priority on the minds of the filmmakers. With the Avengers out of the way and a success, they can now just focus on developing strong character super-films. The idea of “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.” is a perfect statement in which the solo films would no longer be bogged down in trying to lead everything to the next films but focus the task at hand.

    They need to keep interest in these characters in Phase 2 which is a more difficult task than just the goal of introducing them (Phase 1), and thus the films must work on their own.

    I like that Cap’s loyalty and morality will come under inspection in this film and contrasted with the real world of modern times- makes the character much more interesting and hopefully not spouting punchlines: similar to the Avengers’ deleted scene of his introduction as opposed to “I understood that reference” (although that was funny :D).

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier focusing on Captain America in relatable yet fantastic context that will not be distracted by other intrusive overlapping story but still have an inherent effect and connection to the cinematic universe- like the rest of Phase 2 films sound amazing and exciting news.

    Lessons learned. Improvement is the goal. Phase 2 seems to be a more worthy batch of films that Marvel will produce. A great time to be a fan of comic books and films in general. Greater than the Phase 1

    • I couldn’t agree more, well said.

  5. So Sebastian Stan could stick around for awhile as US Agent. Thoughts?

    • Bucky isnt US Agent

      • Of course he isn’t, I shouldn’t blog while at the bar…

        • He has a six-picture contract with Marvel Studios, so he’ll be showing up for a while.

  6. What is ever confirmed who the guy playing sawyer in Lost was cast as for Capt 2? If no word of it, then my money is for Zemo.

    • Sawyer(Josh Holloway) just auditioned for a part but hes starring on a TV show for CBS so probably won’t be in the movie but I’d like it if Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got the Baron Zemo part he auditioned around the same time.

      • For the role of Baron Zemo I nominate Christoph Waltz.

    • Im thinking loyalty along the lines of loyalty with SHIELD vs. loyalty to Bucky aka The Winter Soldier.

  7. Very interesting stuff here. I love the fact that they’re approaching this one as a spy thriller. IMO the best Cap stories have been the present day conspiracy thrillers that Brubaker wrote.

    • @The Avenger, It’s been said that Brubaker is the main consultant on this film, he’s HIGHLY involved.

  8. Guardians of the Galaxy will probably set the stage for Avengers 2.

  9. Are they setting up a version of the marvel civil war?

  10. This sounds very interesting. It sounds like they are going way deeper than the previous Cap movie, which was very good on its own. I am really looking forward to this one.

  11. This sounds like a great take on Cap i liked the first one but i felt it could have used a little less of the sci-fi element this looks like it could be even better and more interesting and really set up Avengers 2 in a more awesome way than the first one looking forward to all marvel movies coming out.

  12. I want Cap to be reserved when Winter Soldier comes. Then after 2 his loyalty goes to Avengers and not Shield. But Iron Mans goes to Shield. Kinda like what happened in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2.

    • I agree with you it almost sets the tone for a civil war movie.

  13. I think they mean black widow