Marvel's Phase 2 sequence of inter-connected blockbusters continues with the imminent release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the upcoming launch of Guardians of the Galaxy, with the Phase completing with the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May of 2015.
Joss Whedon's sequel to The Avengers is now shooting in various locations around the world. We've seen set images and video from the film's South Africa set, our first look at Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in action alongside new additions Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), and now we have an extended look at Captain America's costume for the film.
CBM has uncovered a three-and-a-half minute video shot by fans in various locations around Seoul, South Korea, where the current leg of filming is underway.
You can watch the video above and click the image below to see set photos of Chris Evans' stunt double(s) in Cap's new costume.
The set video tracks the film's crew as they shoot a Captain America stunt sequence in multiple locations around Seoul, which includes the takeover of one entire section of what may be Seoul's famous Banpo Bridge. Cap jumps down from a moving semi truck and hangs from the door of the trailer.
Cap's costume appears to be a star-spangled throwback to his outfit in The Avengers, as well as the one he dons again later in Captain America: The Winter Soldier after wearing the blue and silver S.H.I.E.L.D. stealth uniform. The new suit's most noticeable change is the addition of armor-like shoulder-pads, and echoes the look of his original World War II uniform in Captain America: The First Avenger.
There is a potential Easter Egg at the very end of this video as well: a close-up of the truck used on the bridge, which appears to belong to a company called "U-Gin," with the words "Genetics Infinite, R&D" below the brand name. This is pure speculation, but could this company have something to do with Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch? Since they cannot be called "mutants" in this big-screen incarnation of the characters, might there be some other explanation for their powers? Genetic tampering, perhaps?
As for Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner spoke to Variety about his expanded role in Age of Ultron, saying "I can’t give you any details, but yeah, there seems to be more to do this time. I’m excited about that." Renner also talked about his own costume's evolution, saying:
"It all shifts. Even from 'Captain America' to 'Avengers,' they worked their way through looking great and functioning great. I have one of the easiest costumes compared to the other guys, Chris Evans being one of the [harder ones]. The cowl on his head, any time you put it on, the thing gave him a migraine. It hit weird pressure points. But you have to work out the details to have it look great and function great. I feel like my costume might be changing a little bit for this 'Avengers.' Who knows, man? As long as the pants don’t split in the crotch, I’m alright."
As for whether or not this actually happened, Renner elaborated: "I think it’s happened to all of us. You’re like, 'Ok, we’ve got to take a break. I’ve got a hole where it shouldn’t be.'"
Renner also spoke about the pressure he felt when offered the role of Hawkeye and the daunting scale of his expected involvement:
"You know where that leads you, the amount of time and commitment. You start to step into franchise-land and superhero land. It’s kind of terrifying when you’re an actor. It’s a huge commitment. But I’m glad I did it. All the actors are so awesome, I love them. That’s the main reason I want to keep going back. We all go through the same trials together. We’re definitely a 'Bad News Bears' team."
Chris Evans expressed a similar outlook to the Toronto Sun (via CBM) about the role of Steve Rogers/Captain America, and how his past experience with a different superhero franchise colored his initial reaction to the offer:
"The 'Fantastic Four' had a lot to do with my concerns about playing Captain America. Those 'Fantastic Four' movies… how do you say this correctly? This is where interviews get tricky. If you’re going to get locked up in a long-term contract, you’ve got to make sure the movies you’re making are movies you’ll be proud of. With a lot of movies I’ve made, I’ve had something to question. And the 'Fantastic Four' was a three-movie deal (though only two were ever made). 'Captain America' was a six-picture contract (counting three 'Avengers' movies). And Robert Downey Jr. had already set the tone with the 'Iron Man' movies, there already was a following. So those six movies were for real."
As for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank and starring Michael B. Jordan in the role previously played by Evans, the actor said: “I think it’s great that they’re picking it up again. There’s a lot more story to tell. And I think Michael B. Jordan is just a phenomenal actor."
Evans asserted that, despite the amazing level of work and time commitment required for the role, he wouldn't have it any other way:
“Had I not done these movies, it would have been the biggest mistake of my life, my biggest regret – and there are plenty. In retrospect, Marvel has been a beautiful element in my life, affording me the opportunity to do such things."
Chris Evans may be ready to leave the Marvel Universe after three more films, but with Age of Ultron shooting, expect more of these glimpses of the sets from around the world, not to mention the arrival of The Winter Solder in U.S. theaters in less than a week.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out in theaters on April 4, 2014. The Avengers: Age of Ultron releases on May 1, 2015.