Marvel Wants Narnia Writers For Captain America

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new captain america1 Marvel Wants Narnia Writers For Captain America

Not too long after it was announced that Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer) was going to direct Marvel’s Avengers prequel, The First Avenger: Captain America, it looks like Marvel is taking the next logical step: Securing writers to pen the epic origin story of Steve Rogers.

The scribes currently in negotiations with Marvel Studios are none other than Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, both part of the writing team behind The Chronicles of Narnia films.

Is Captain America going to fantasy camp? Or does Marvel know something about these two guys that we have yet to perceive? Let’s talk about it!

Okay, so I understand Marvel’s choice for Joe Johnston as the director. The man has a long list of films (and f/x work) on his resume that cover all the necessary action/epic/emotional bases needed to make a legendary Captain America film. (I’ll be the first to admit I teared up at the end of Hidalgo.)

But Markus and McFeely are left-field choices in my opinion. Granted, The Chronicles of Narnia films also combine a variety of tones and genres into one, epic brew–but both The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and Prince Caspian felt as hollow as a bird’s bones when I saw them in the theater. (Perhaps the director is to blame?) I do not want Cap to share that fate.

More to the point, The First Avenger: Captain America is a WWII epic/period-piece. And, after having run an IMDB check on both Markus and McFeely, I can say that nothing in their short, short, lists of movies leads me to jump to the conclusion that they have a keen eye for the sort of nuanced symbolism, hard-hitting action, thrills, chills and emotional grandeur that should go with a beloved character like Captain America.

In my view (at this very early stage), the best case scenario is that these two writers deliver one heck of a war/action flick. But can they really establish Cap as a worldwide box office icon? That’s a pretty tall order.

Before we all get in a tiff, however, let it be said that while it looks like Markus and McFeely will definitely get the job, at this point they are only officially in negotiations with Marvel. No dotted line has been signed as of yet.

What do you think? I know that many Screen Rant readers had faith in Marvel’s choice of Joe Johnston to direct The First Avenger: Captain America. How do you feel about these two potential writers? Sound off and let us know.

Source: Super Hero Hype

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  1. The Captain America movie is my most anticipated film ever. I have a vested interest in Cap above all others. He gave me my sense of patriotism and the knowledge that win or lose some battles need to be fought. I mangled many a trashcan lid (when they were metal) around the neighborhood knocking my friend “Spidey” off of ropes hanging off the side of two story buildings. That’s right, we’re old school and very serious about our play; how ‘cool’ we looked being our favorite heroes. I have loved the IronMan, Spider-Man, and Hulk movies. I hope to see Cap’s movie be as big a success as IronMan, the writers need to remember men of the WWII era had a different mindset about everyday life than men of today and that needs to come across in the film. Would make for some interesting interaction between Rogers and Stark. Also, Rogers NEEDS to be blonde-haired and blue-eyed, because Hitler was promoting these traits as characteristics of the superior Aryan race. The originators of Captain America included these traits in Cap to present an archtype that stood for freedom of all men, democracy, and morale decency that would remove the evil connotation of these characteristics. In short, Captain America was the epitome of what this country stood for in the era he was created and I think deep down it remains the same.

  2. If they do not make Capitan America, ultra over the top super american hero. It will fail.

    Capitan America stand for the best that we all claim to feel. Freedom, and justice. He epitomizes the phrases “land of the free, and home of the brave.” if he waivers for one second on this, it will tank. The people that love Cap, dont love him for his super-powers, they love him for his idealism.

    Set it in WWII, and have him fight the red skull. American Patriotism is not a dirty word, hollywood. DO IT RIGHT!

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