Chris Evans Talks ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 27th, 2013 at 6:13 pm,

Chris Evans Talks Captain America The Winter Soldier Chris Evans Talks Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – the sequel to last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger – will be based, at least in part, on Ed Brubaker’s comic book story arc of the same name where Captain America’s long-dead sidekick, Bucky Barnes, was (retroactively) resurrected as a villain.

Recently, while promoting The Iceman, Chris Evans talked a little bit about The Winter Soldier. He also had kind words to say about his co-stars Sebastian Stan – who will play the (sub) titular character in the sequel - and Anthony Mackie – who will play the winged superhero, The Falcon.

On using “The Winter Soldier” as a basis for the upcoming film – courtesy of MTV - Evans said:

“There were always hints [that ‘Winter Soldier’ would be the sequel]. The best thing about [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige is he’s a fan. He’s not just a businessman, he’s a rabid comic book fan. Even during the first ‘Captain America,’ well before ‘The Avengers,’ there were whispers of [Winter Soldier] being the sequel. So I’m excited to tackle that.”

He also praised the man who will be playing Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan of Gossip Girl fame:

“I love Sebastian.  He’s such a great guy.”

One of the biggest missteps of Captain America: The First Avenger, in this writer’s opinion, was the glossing over of Bucky Barnes as a peripheral character. Sure, Bucky was depicted as Cap’s friend from before the war, but once the two reunited, he was basically resigned to being just another member of The Howling Commandos.

In the comic books, Ed Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” storyline had the benefit of a long history where Bucky Barnes was the Marvel equivalent of Robin the Boy Wonder. When Bucky reappeared decades later – after his supposed death – as a Soviet cyborg assassin by the name of Winter Soldier, it was a little shocking, to say the least. How could that sweet teenage sidekick have turned into an evil killing machine?

But in the movie, we had all of thirty or so minutes of screen time to get attached to Bucky’s character before he “died” by sort of falling off a train. It probably didn’t help that his death scene felt more like a setup for future films than a natural progression of events – but maybe that was just me.

Don’t get me wrong, The First Avenger was not a bad film by any means. In fact, for my money, it’s one of the better Marvel films. It did many things right, perhaps most of all Captain America – and Steve Rogers – himself.

Still, it does make me wonder if an adaptation of the “Winter Soldier” storyline will be as inherently effective as it could have been had they spent more time developing Bucky in the first film. Does the general film-going audience know that Cap’s pal was such an important character – arguably the most important supporting character in Captain America’s circle? Or was he just some guy who fell off a train to give Cap the motivation he needed to save the day?

Chris Evans as Captain America in The Avengers Chris Evans Talks Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Chris Evans as Captain America in ‘The Avengers’

Of course, this all has little bearing on the final product of the forthcoming sequel, which could very well prove to be an excellent take on the “Winter Soldier” storyline regardless of the Bucky’s role in the first Captain America film. We only have to wait about two years to know for certain.

Lastly, Chris Evans briefly talked about Anthony Mackie, who will be playing Sam Wilson, A.K.A. The Falcon (a superhero who uses artificial wings to fly) in The Winter Soldier:

“He’s so great, I’ve known Mackie for a few years now. I’m really happy we got him. We got lucky.”

It’s slim, but it’s all we’ve got for now.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to Marvel’s cinematic adaptation of one of the most popular Captain America comic book storylines in years? Let us know in the comments.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – directed by Anthony and Joe Russo of Community fame – hits theaters April 4th, 2014.


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  1. Good article and I agree. Bucky’s death felt rushed and his relationship with Steve should have been fleshed out more so the impact of him returning as an evil assassin would be more significant. Maybe they can solve that problem with flashbacks though.

    • To be honest, I didn’t know who Bucky was until I saw the movie (not much of a comic reader, grew up with Batman: The Animated Series and the Spiderman and X-Men equivalents), and I had no issue figuring out how important he was to C.A. and the effect his death had on him.

      • Yeah, me too. All I knew about Captain America before the movie was that he’s super-strong, carries a shield and punches out Nazis. But I picked up just fine from the movie that Bucky was Steve Rogers’ BFF and his death was really tragic for him.

        And because I didn’t know about the Winter Soldier story, oh, until people started talking about it after the announcement of the movie title – to me his death just seemed like a sort of cliched way to heighten the drama and make the fight personal. I think a lot of people will both get it and be surprised.

    • i guess what theyll do is use steve to remember in detail some of his and bucky adventures during the war or maybe before so as to flesh him out

      cap 2 will be the hardest to make since theyll fit in past stories as well as shield and falcon

    • thats what Ive been seeing so far that he is confirmed for the role

    • Is Mackie confirmed?
      Well, seeing as Chris Evans just said that “I’m really happy we got him”, I’d say it’s confirmed now ;)

  2. I hope Falcon is good, I never really liked him.

    • No, me either. And his inclusion is the only thing that has me worried about this film.

  3. There is a lot of assumption in these Marvel films … I think they (Marvel) know a good portion of the people already know the relationship between characters and back stories and hope we’ll make the link ourselves, for the people who don’t know.. a quick blast over the past relationship will do, which was the case in The First Avenger.

    I think like the another poster said, this can simply be resolved with flash backs in The Winter Soldier to re-enforce Capts emotions and the gravity of his best mate becoming Robot Russian Killing Machine!!

    Either way Marvel can do no wrong at the moment. Looking forward to ALL of “Phase 2”

  4. Of all the movies that lead up to ‘The Avengers’, Captain America had the best story. The bad-guy was the weakest though.

    • I disagree tho red skull was pretty weak that’s Loki just sent out the destroyer…

      • do what?

    • Hugo Weaving WILL RETURN as the Red Skull, HE WILL!!!


  5. Is mackie has been confirm to play falcon ? Please guys i need to know

      • Because IMDB is the place to go to verify news…. :)

    • Yes, that’s why Chris Evans mentioned him.

  6. I assume they just assumed most people know who Bucky is, just the basic concept that he’s the Robin to Cap’s Batman almost to a T. Obviously the name is not as immediately evocative as Robin, but I think that’s why they didn’t spend more time introducing him. They just introduced as already being Cap’s childhood buddy, never really giving much attention to how they became friends or how close they were. I think that is a slight flaw in these comic book adaptations is that they have to take a few things for granted. Like for example, they never said anything about Steve Rogers’ civilian job as an artist. He’s shown drawing, but no special mention is ever made of it.

    • They also assumed everybody knows who THANOS is! The title ‘THE WINTER SOLDIER’ will give people 2 years to research what that means and who that is. TWO YEARS!!! We’ve got almost three years to learn about the Guardians of The Galaxy. If you choose to be ignorant to the story of the comics, that is your choice. You could have easily read Captain America comic books to prepare for the first movie and learned who Bucky was way back then! Or SINCE then!

      • We live in the golden age of GOOGLE and WIKPEDIA, two fine sources for comic book character history and information

      • I was just going to let Guardians of the Galaxy surprise me without even reading them

      • The thing is though, most of the general movie goers aren’t as crazy about the production news/info as we are… a lot of people don’t even know about a movie ’till the trailers hit the web and the marketing starts.
        I’d bet that if you walk up to a random person at a movie theater and ask him/her what they think of the Cap sequel, their answer would be “there’s a Cap sequel coming out?”

        • This.

  7. I never read the Captain America comics and I can assure you that Bucky’s significance was set up sufficiently in the movie. At no point did I get the impression that he was just another Howling Commando. I always had the impression that he was very good and importan friend to Rogers. His “death” felt a bit forced and was a bit glossed over during the aftermath, but that doesn’t change anything about his status in the story.

    • It did seem a little set up that he was going to die, even if you didn’t know the stories or read the comics. I did think that he was going to die on the plane as in the books. The train thing makes it a bit harder to understand how the Soviets could find his body. If he had a variant of the Super Soldier serum in his blood and he fell into the freezing Atlantic Ocean like Cap, it could explain how his body was preserved. Also if they had changed the story so that he fell over seas that were later under the Soviet Navy’s control, it could explain how he fell into their hands.

      • Well, he did fall into a river in the Alps, which are partly in Austria, which was partly occupied by the Soviets for a while after WWII. That’s all I’ve got.

    • also not being a huge comic book reader, and relatively unaware of the Captain America series, I felt that Bucky’s character was quite well presented in the film. He definitely did not feel like “just one of the howling commandos” to me.

      I suspect that there’s expectation and a certain bias from people who know the comic books well. Not in a negative sense, but rather, since they know the characters and history so well, to them it might appear differently than it does to those of us with no foreknowledge of the story.

      As I said, to me, it was perfectly clear that the relationship between Steve and Bucky was very strong, and a huge motivator for the man who becomes Captain America.

      Why else would he risk a court martial to save his friend?

    • I agree with you there mostly, but I don’t even feel Bucky’s death was glossed over. His dying was what motivated Cap to take on Red Skull and crush Hydra once and for all.

      • I agree with DSB (that could make for a cool slogan BTW ;))
        The death itself was poorly done, but the aftermath was definitely not glossed over IMO.

  8. I have a feeling Cap and Bucky’s friendship may get some more treatment in flash backs

  9. I’m not worried about how the Falcon will turn out. Marvel has found ways to make all of their characters cool and relevant on film so, no, I’m not expecting any big red wings.

      • That would be awesome!! I’m sure IM3 will have Tony playing off of the alien tech left on Earth in Avengers so why not have a story about vibranium and it’s origins being a SHIELD concern?

      • I completely forgot about that!
        Yeah, that would be amazing although I’m guessing not very probable :(
        The Falcon will most likely have some SHIELD tech that enables him to fly.

        • shield tech made from vibranium like caps shield, vibranium being an element from wakanda

  10. I wonder if only the top shield field operatives get to have code names like Falcon, Black widow, or Hawkeye. Did Hill, Coulson, or Fury have code names?

    • They weren’t field agents, so no…

      Not that I can think of anyways.

  11. marvel just needs to make all there movies about 2.5 hours to get good character development, imo.

    • I agree with you, if the story and the characters need more time for proper development, then that’s exactly what they should do.
      Watching THOR with Brannagh’s director’s commentary, it became clear that he could have done a lot more if he’d been allowed to go over the 2hr mark…

      But hopefully with the success of The Avengers, they’ve realized that longer run-times can work for them.

  12. There will be flashbacks to Steve and Bucky for sure.

    And, in my oh so humble opinion, Captain America:TFA is the best Marvel film, it gets better with each viewing, whereas some others really don’t hold up (Iron Man)

    • Hit the nail on the head here, DSB. While I enjoy all the Marvel movies that have come out, the only one’s I’ve got no problem sitting down and watching the whole way through are CA:TFA and TIH. The Iron Man movies lose a little bit on subsequent viewings, I think part of it is RDJ. Don’t get me wrong, I think he really nailed the role of Tony Stark, but he’s kind of like that friend who’s cool in small doses but can wear thin if you spend a lot of time with them.

      • TFA and TIH are my favourites from Marvel, I enjoy them all, The Avengers was a real tour de force piece of fun action and adventure.

        But as you say, Iron Man is still a good fun film, and a lot of that comes from RDJ but the film has a lot of flaws on a story telling level and they become apparent more on each viewing.

        TIH is one of Marvel’s best because it has a solid beginning, middle and end.

        TFA works so well because of the cool period setting, it is old school adventure, with some fantastic performances and most importantly for me, the whole movie has a lot of heart.

    • Gotta disagree with you a bit there, Sam. While I really enjoyed TFA and TIH, I can watch Iron Man any time and totally enjoy it. Besides The Avengers, IM is my favorite Marvel film to date.

      • I still think it as a great film but it really suffers on repeated viewing, and it only really gets by on RDJ’s charm as Tony.

  13. I really liked CA:TFA and how the relationship between rogers and barnes was handled, though barnes death always felt a little rushed imo. I’m looking forward to winter soldier and the rest of the phase 2 marvel films leading to the avengers 2.

  14. I’ve read all the main Marvel comics since 1998. Out of the Mighty Thor, Incredible Hulk, and Invincible Iron Man as the main competition, Brubaker’s Cap run was the weakest, IMO.

    I won’t say it was bad or I didn’t like it, but the test for me was, when it came time to sell the books off, Cap’s was the first to go without hesitation. I still have all of the others.

    I know nobody cares about my opinion, but you should. Why? Because I’m an amazing person. You should see me eating ice cream in a Speedo. I was born slippy.

  15. ” Great Guy ”

    It’s getting overused.

  16. i enjoyed cap the first avenger and the avengers cap has always been my favourite marvel hero i watched the matt sallinger version even though it was rotten lol. cant wait for the winter soldier n would love to see modok and thanos in this sequel.

  17. Bucky Barnes was awesome in The First Avenger. Could have got more time for the sake of character development though. I just hope at the end of Cap America: Winter Soldier he is a hero again instead of being a villain. It’d be cool to see Bucky in the Avengers 2. As well as War Machine and maybe She-Hulk. Spidey needs to be in Avengers 2. My reasoning is because he would add to the sciencey guys like Bruce Banner and Tony Stark in the terms of science. He would also add to Tony Starks humor. And because Spidey is just a badass!!! Sony please give us Spidey in Avengers!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

    • Well tbh I hate the direction Sony is taking with Spiderman (by that I mean I didn’t like the new film). There are many areas in the film that just looks rough or douchey! Im not saying I’m a fan of Raimi’s films but they look more complete…but that’s my opinion. Secondly Bucky is awesome Caps awesome and I feel like Marvel is kinda neglecting him. Cap should’ve been given a much more superior role in the Avengers but he was side tracked in favour of IM. In terms of character Chris Evans is spot on, no fake aim or character defects, just a good’ol hero who does it because he feels like it, perfect. But Cap seem to be pushed off even though he’s suppose to be the leader, but maybe winter soldier (bit more gritty story) might bring in his badassness! Marvel should really put effort into what is basically superman of Marvel universe!!!

  18. I’m kinda sad that Bucky wasn’t younger like he was in the comic books