‘Captain America 2′: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Confirmed & Production Title Revealed

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 10:02 am,

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The Marvel ‘Phase Two’ sequel Thor: The Dark World is going to further explore the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), while directors Anthony and Joe Russo are going to shine a spotlight on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s efforts to keep things on Earth under control in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which picks up shortly after Loki and the Chitauri’s invasion in The Avengers).

Last night, we received (semi-)official confirmation that Frank Grillo is playing Crossbones in Winter Soldier. However, nestled within that same report was an update on which members of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be joining Chris Evans in Captain America 2.

Rumors have been circulating for a while now that Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) are both going to be involved with the proceedings Captain America sequel. The film is expected to pull double-duty as both a story that pits Steve Rogers against his presumed-dead BFF Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) – who has been resurrected as the titular brainwashed assassin – while also serving as a substitute for that rumored S.H.I.E.L.D. movie (now that Joss Whedon is instead developing a S.H.I.E.L.D. television series).

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Johansson and Renner in ‘The Avengers’

Variety, in its report on Grillo, confirms that Johansson is returning for The Winter Soldier (Renner, for the time being, remains unconfirmed). In addition, Samuel L. Jackson is back as S.H.I.E.L.D. commander Nick Fury, who will likely start to have his authority challenged more and more by his second-in-command, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders, who is also confirmed for Captain America 2). The site reaffirms that Anthony Mackie is playing Falcon, but does not clarify whether or not he is a full-blown S.H.I.E.L.D. employee in the film.

We continue to get a clearer picture of Captain America: The Winter Soldier with each subsequent casting announcement; though, at this point, there doesn’t seem to be much room for more characters beyond S.H.I.E.L.D. agent – and possible Cap love interest – Sharon Carter (a role that Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay is currently rumored to be the front-runner for). Moreover, there’ve been unconfirmed rumors about Lost actor Josh Holloway circling an unspecified male lead role, which led us to speculate that Quasar alter-ego Agent Wendell Vaughn could likewise show up.

Concrete updates on these casting issues will be arriving in the near future, what with Captain America 2‘s scheduled production start date next March. In the meantime, Feature Films Casting (via Unleash the Fanboy) has let it out of the bag that the sequel will be filming under the alias “Freezerburn” – with shooting taking place in such cities as Cleveland, Washington DC and New Mexico.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (drawing from a script penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) will take place primarily in the present. It will include connective tissues to the larger MCU and assist in setting up future installments like The Avengers 2 and Ant-Man. However, the sequel also aims to tie off those story threads left dangling from the first movie, which means flashbacks to Cap’s adventures during WWII, as well as a possible reunion between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter. The film opens in theaters on April 4th, 2014.

As for the other items on Marvel’s upcoming slate: Iron Man 3 releases on May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015, and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.

Source: Variety, Feature Films Casting [via Unleash the Fanboy]

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  1. Great! I am incredibly happy to see Widow and Hawkeye back. It makes sense that Cap stays with SHIELD. So naturally all the SHIELD agents are actually a part of his life. And also that Cap may be sent on missions together with Widow and Hawkeye.

    I think this will be the case in Cap 2.

    • Hawkeye is not gonna be back, at least not in this movie. That was just a mistake by Screen Rant.

      • No, it would be Marvel’s mistake not to include Hawkeye.

  2. I hope Josh Holloway is involved he’s awesome!!!…They should bring him in as Peter Quill aka Star Lord which could set him up as the lead in The Guardians of The Galaxy Franchise

    • With the new look for Pete coming out in 2013, they’ll look exactly the same.

  3. Actually, Jeremy Renner hasn’t been reported to reprise his role as Hawkeye, only ScarJo’s Black Widow.

    • My apologies, just an oversight on my part.

      That’s been corrected.

      • I hope he comes back

    • That can’t be real. Lucas would never sell the star wars rights, unless he’s nuts. Star wars 7?? Come on. I hope it’s true but wow, what shock that would be. I’d love to see more star wars movies.

      • Its deadline, they don’t post crap. If it’s true then what the hell are Fox doing ?? And how was this kept totally secret. Baffling stuff. I would think Star Wars fans have no idea what to do with this.

        • I’m on it, folks! :-)

  4. Developing :

    via twitter “George Lucas will serve as “creative consultant” on Episode VII. Note: Not “writer” or “director.”

    • Star Wars Scripts and Lucas creative input need to be like oil and water. Dude is the worst.

  5. Its TRUE I just read several sources confirming it!!! Holy crap!!! More star wars films!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!! This truly is a great day!!!!!

    • I know… I actually peed my pants a little bit when I heard about it.

      • Bet you were a real “whiz” at it!

  6. Read the article at Forbes. Com. Lucas want star wars to go on without him!!! Unbelievable!!!!

  7. yeah this is pretty damn surreal.

  8. 2015 could be the biggest summer ever. avenger 2, justice league and star wars.

    • ^It might very well be^

      I’m shocked at what I just read at Deadline… this is freaking huge!

  9. Very glad to hear that I won’t have another 3 years to see Black Widow kick butt on screen. Just 2…

    If Hawkeye does return, I hope that they don’t explore the romantic side of his and Widow’s relationship just yet.

    • Well in the comics Black Widow has a romantic relationship with Bucky I think. Not sure if they’ll go that route in the movies however.

  10. I want Hawkeye to return… but these SHIELD agents will definitely have less screentime for sure since the cast is already a bit too crowded for a single movie now

  11. i think this sounds great. if JH does play Quasar/Agent Wendell Vaughn it would probably be some kind of reveal at the end to help set up GOTG, but hopefully he will get more screen time than he did in MI:GP.
    and now the comments section will be blown up with all the “there’s too many people in this movie!” rants…after the freaking out is over about lucas/disney…smh.

  12. Excellent news! I’m just worried this movie is getting too crowded.

  13. Fury was confirmed along with the release date, ScarJo came later since it is The Winter Soldier story where she (and Falcon) are integral in the books.

    Hawkeye’s not there in the books and Renner’s the busiest of the group so he won’t have a major role, if she shows up at all. They could write into the story how he took off lone-wolf style and work that into the story later.

  14. sweet cap 2 is looking awesome

  15. Nice to see Black Widow will return… it kinda gives me the idea that they’ll stick close to the source material on this one.

    As for Hawkeye, it would be cool to see him again as well (he was definitely the most underused Avenger in the movie), but I doubt he’ll have an important part in the story… most likely cameo stuff if it happens.

  16. ok so first off, I really have this feeling that hawkeye may eventualy end up donning a costume and mask, maybe he gets framed or goes undercover, or something, though it wouldn’t be till a later movie

    Now, the other thought That I am having, with the impending doom of thanos for the avengers too, if perhaps most of the heroes may get ‘destroyed'(and put in a pocket dimension), and most of shield gets destroyed, it would be the perfect setup for a Thunderbolts movie in phase three, I mean just think about it, we are getting radiactive man, and possibly zemo, many of the other ‘heroes’ on the team could easily be introduced in the movie, and it could create a couple of replacement heroes for phase 3, and it would be quite an interesting thing to see(and I mean think about it, The Beetle/Mach1-4 could be the armored adventurer replacement, hes not enough for a solo movie, but he would still be interesting to see

  17. Does anyone know who’s going against Cap in THE WINTER SOLDIER???

  18. Um.. can someone give me an example of a “too crowded” movie please?

  19. I loved the first Captain America and love the Avengers and look forward to winter soldier. When i first heard the Russo brothers were directing it i was a bit dissapointed because i couldn’t picture it working in my head but, then i read an interview with them and oh man they sounded excited about it, they really sound like fans of the character and i think that is a really good sign for any movie. I can’t wait to see Evans back in the Captain America role, i am happy to admit i was so surprised by his performance in the first one because after seeing him as the Human Torch i could never see him as Captain America until i saw the movie of course, i like him like i like Christopher Reeve as Superman he was awesome. Now as for this news i think it is fantastic i love Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow (she is also very hot to me) she is always cool to watch and i hope we get to dig deeper into Natasha because it actually is a very interesting character. I also really want to see Hawkeye in Winter Soldier because i am a massive Jeremy Renner fan and after watching the town i remember saying over and over to myself, “That dude is Hawkeye and he is awesome!!!” i felt like more needed to be done with the Hawk for the Avengers i understand that it was such a massive movie and it was hard to focus on a character nobody was that familiar with but here is my idea, when Clint got possessed by Loki i wouldv’e had him go through flashbacks while he was possessed flashbacks of his days as a soldier and show how violent he used to be until he met Natasha and Nick Fury. Or something like that so i hope Renner comes back as Hawkeye i love the character and i love him.