‘Captain America 2′ Director Talks Winter Soldier & World War II Flashbacks

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 25th, 2012 at 2:34 pm,

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Even though Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World are both releasing next year for Marvel Studios, it’s going to be 2014′s spring release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that first attempts to directly deal with the aftermath of the The Avengers. With the end of Captain America: The First Avenger seeing Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wake up in modern times, speculation about its sequel ever since has run rampant with questions about whether or not moviegoers would see Captain America return to World War II.

Before the Marvel Studios Iron Man 3 panel at Comic-Con, the presentation began with title and release date confirmations for Marvel’s four upcoming “Phase Two” films and this was when we first learned that Captain America 2 was actually going to be subtitled The Winter Soldier. The implications of using that title meant that Sebastian Stan’s Bucky character would be returning for the sequel and we could assume that flashbacks would be needed to explain what happened to him after his tragic fall in The First Avenger, but it’s yet to be officially confirmed… until possibly now.

During the  Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, The Huffington Post had a chance to speak with Anthony Russo, who was officially confirmed (also at Comic-Con) to be directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier along with his brother Joe Russo. In their chat, Russo explains how he and his brother landed the directorial gig while carefully navigating through questions about The Winter Soldier storyline, flashbacks to World War II and other character appearances.

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On whether or not stories from the books are being used for the Captain America 2 screenplay:

“In a way. I mean, they’re all sort of rooted in what’s come before, but they’re all also their own jumping-off point as well.”

On how the brothers Russo convinced Marvel to hire them:

“We were comic book geeks from a young age and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to them in detail about that history. They knew that we understood the brand really well and the characters really well. It was a long process, actually, of talking to them over and over again, through a series of meetings over a long period of time. And I think they just — we were really passionate about the movie, incredibly passionate about the movie. They felt that, and they felt like it was the right match.”

On Ed Brubaker’s Winter Soldier comic series:

“Well, we like the [story.] I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.”

On seeing Captain America appear in World War II flashback sequences:

“Certainly Cap has this complicated history. We’re making the movie for first-time viewers, not just for fans, so, because Cap does have this complicated history — he was this skinny guy who became a super-soldier, he was born back then and he’s living [now] — in the storytelling, you need to convey that to an audience who doesn’t know Cap’s story.”

On working with Marvel to plan ahead and connect Captain America 2 to other future movies:

“Yes, but they’re very balanced in that approach. First and foremost, it is the movie itself [that is the priority, and setting up other things] is a lighter layer of dressing. In terms of the hard-core mechanics of the movie, it’s contained within the movie itself.”

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Russo also dodged a few other interesting questions, about whether or not we’d see special appearances from other members of S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers and whether or not Hayley Atwell could reappear as another character (Sharon Carter). We know SHIELD is involved from the initial press release announcing Captain America 2′s release date and we recently reported on rumors that Hawkeye and Black Widow could be playing important roles in the film as well. Throw in the latest reports of Anthony Mackie playing Falcon and we almost have another ensemble team-up.

Russo finished up by saying he’s going to meet up with Captain America comic writer Ed Brubaker soon and that they start shooting early next year (after Thor 2).

Captain America: The Winter Soldier will star Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson, and will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.


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Source: The Huffington Post

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  1. I can’t wait for this movie!!! Looking forward to ALL future Marvel movies!!! (as long as they are made by Marvel that is)

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  2. Captain America: TFA is how the next run of Batman films needs to be handled. It felt as grounded as Saving Private Ryan, but stil as fantastical as Thor. I was really impressed.

    Imagine a movie that looked like a Nolan Batman, but still had a place for characters like Mr. Feeeze and Robin!

    • I agree to an extent. I don’t think it was that grounded compared to Saving Private Ryan. You didn’t really feel it was an all out war like WW2 was. I would like it to be gritter in a flash back like that opening scene (minus the blood and blown off heads).

      • It was more a superhero movie than a WW2 movie. Never felt like the all out war like WW2 was but instead something closer to a private vendetta against Red Skull.

        • It was definitely more comic book than war movie. But the period correct set peices and wardrobe – everything that related specifically to WW2 – was very well done. And the score was perfect for the film.

          • I agree… I would like to see more of the war setting though. I think more of a leadership role needs to be played for him. Leading an army instead of just the Howling Commandos.

  3. I gotta say, some of my faith in Cap 2 is restored. There’s still a long while to go though, so I guess only time will tell whether they can pull it off or not.

    • What let you to question your faith in Cap 2 to begin with?

      • The choice of directors.

  4. That is truly great title for captain america 2 and world war 2 flashbackis truly good idea for the next captain amerca movies and also to falson,black widow,haw eye ,nick fury, s.h.e.i.l.d will be in captain america 2.

  5. A scene as epic as the opening of Saving Private Ryan would be nice. Never got that epic shot of Cap leading the charge in TFA. A flashback of Cap leading a charge against a MG42 bunker is what this needs.

  6. Definately looking forward to cap 2.

  7. Captain America was the only Marvel comic I read and
    Captain America The First Avenger my favorite Marvel film.

    I have zero confidence in this directing duo approaching the
    kind of quality for this Joe Johnston created for this first.

  8. Looks pretty dang cool!!

  9. Well i fpeople did not watch the first one they should watch that first, and i hope it has deeper story this time around and Steve Rogers gets his dance finally after all those years frozen. It would be nice if he met The women from the first film and she was old and they dance, would be a great ending then Avengers 2 comes around then cap 3 where he falls in love with maybe her grandaughter.

  10. Looking forward to Captain America 2!

  11. I like the conception of this film hopefully it lives its expectation

  12. I’m ready…bring it on…are we there yet, are we there yet?

  13. look up the Russo brothers on IMDB and tell me if you are curious how they got the job of directing this movie

  14. I’m looking very much forward to Phase 2. Falcon in Cap 2 :TWS will most likely have a different tone and be a lot grittier and suspenseful. I liked Joe Johnston’s film but it was holding back and felt like an Indiana Jones movie for the obvious reasons. A reference to Luke Cage would be nice from Falcon. The 3rd movie should be called Captain America 3: Sentinel Of Liberty. It should feature the return of the Red Skull, Crossbones and or Arnim Zola(Machine Versio). The premise should be the U.S Agent story. Lastly,to all of you guys opposed to Marvel Studios getting their characters rights back because you say it’ll take too many years to make the other movies. Most wouldn’t need to be rebooted, just crossovers WHICH IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT. Make mine Marvel.