[This article (and the videos therein) contains SPOILERS for Captain America 2.]

This April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will probably go down as one of the best films in 2014. With its smart blend of political intrigue and action thrills, brothers Anthony and Joe Russo delivered what many consider to be one of the strongest offerings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (read our review). Not only that, the superhero sequel currently sits atop the domestic box office charts, having grossed $259.3 million during its theatrical run in the spring.

Now, Marvel is starting to gear up for the home media release of The Winter Soldier, which will hit stores on September 9. Of course, it will be full of fun special features for fans to chew on, including deleted scenes. Marvel Studios officially released one such scene as part of the Blu-ray promotion, which you can watch above.

The scene in question features Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) having a rather tense encounter following the perceived death of S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). While it was probably cut due to time constraints, the dialogue fits in nicely with the film’s themes, as the question of whether loyalty to an individual or an organization should be the higher priority is raised. Fans who are aware of The Winter Soldier‘s various twists and turns can see how this bit could have easily fit in the final product.

Below is a second deleted scene that Marvel has unveiled from Winter Soldier. It takes place right after Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) declares that Steve Rogers is a fugitive from justice; again, you can see how this sequence fits with the film’s larger political conspiracy/thriller design. (The reasoning behind it being cut, well, that’s not so readily apparent.)

Those who responded well to the conspiracy aspects of the second Cap solo outing should be very pleased to learn that these elements will be present in Captain America 3 as well. While speaking with Yahoo Movies, Anthony Russo explained that since the character was created for “an explicitly political purpose,” it would be hard to move away from those themes in May 2016’s installment.

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During their chat with Yahoo, the Russos went into further detail on what the plot might entail. Obviously, they didn’t spill any spoilery specifics, but they did say that the third film will take place “a couple of years” after the events of The Winter Soldier and the now complex relationship between Steve Rogers and his friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) will serve as the emotional core for the story they tell.

The filmmakers also hinted at some potentially big changes for the future of the franchise, teasing moviegoers with something new that will bring a “twist” to the material. What this means exactly is purely speculation at this point, but individuals with knowledge of the comics may have some idea where the Russos could be headed.

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Chris Evans’ contract with Marvel Studios is up after The Avengers 3, and the actor has gone on record saying that he’s looking forward to move behind the camera and pursue a career as a director once that film wraps up. Unless Marvel is content with letting one of their most commercially viable series sit on the sidelines (unlikely), then some reshuffling will be in order if Captain America 4 is ever to become a reality.

Marvel Comics recently unveiled Sam Wilson, the Falcon (played by Anthony Mackie in the film), as the new Captain America. Given the company’s habits of pushing certain developments to coincide with the films (see: the increasing presence of Rocket Raccoon prior to Guardians of the Galaxy), it’s entirely plausible that Wilson’s ascension from sidekick to captain will be a story beat covered in the MCU.

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That said, the Russos specifically mentioned the Winter Soldier when describing their twist, meaning that a different part of the source material could make its way on the big screen in due time. Stan, as you may know, has a nine picture deal with Marvel and has only appeared in two, so he clearly has a lot more ground to cover before he packs it up. In the comics, Bucky took the mantle of Captain America following Rogers’ death, and if the post-credit scene in The Winter Soldier is any indication, the groundwork is already being laid out for this to take place in the films as well.

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While it’s fun to theorize where the Marvel movies may go from here, it’s important to keep in mind that we’re a long way off from any of this actually taking place. Evans still has three films to do, and Avengers 3 won’t be in theaters until 2018 at the earliest. As fans discuss what characters and projects the studio will develop through 2028, it seems as if the star-spangled man with a plan is all set for the time being.

Captain America will be in theaters May 6, 2016.

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisAgar90.

Source: Marvel Studios, Yahoo Movies