Even though we're still over a month away from the theatrical release of Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have already put a good chunk of time and effort into planning Captain America 2.
Seeing how this summer's Cap origin story paves the way for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) to join The Avengers in the present, the big question is how much future installments will utilize elements from the numerous Cap story arcs that take place during W.W. II in the original comic books.
According to McFeely, that is indeed the main issue that he and Markus are currently wrangling with, as they work on the screenplay for the Cap's next solo venture.
McFeely and Markus have spoken before about the timeline for Captain America 2 before, saying there is indeed a good amount of Cap's World War II history that will not be covered in director Joe Johnston's film - but that it's possible audience reception to Evan's incarnation of The First Avenger could have an effect on the degree to which the sequel revisits the 1940s vs. taking place in a contemporary setting.
Screen Junkies caught up recently with McFeely after a screenwriter's panel at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. The Captain America co-writer had the following to offer, with regards to the sequel:
"Well, our hope is that there is room [to return to W.W. II in 'Captain America 2'] and we’re negotiating how to do that now. The story will likely be in the present day. We’re experimenting with flashback elements for more period World War II stuff. I can’t say much more than that but we made [the first 'Captain America' movie] baggy enough to refer to more stories in the past."
He also confirmed that there are indeed "gaps" in the Captain America plot that suggest Steve Rogers engaged in numerous off-screen adventures - in addition to those shown in the actual movie.
Seeing how Sebastian Stan is reportedly already locked down to reprise his role as Cap's sidekick, Bucky Barnes, in future Marvel productions, there's already been a good deal of speculation that Captain America 2 will utilize elements of the Winter Solider storyline - which (in the comics) revolved around Barnes' eventual transformation into a technologically-enhanced assassin. Combine that with Johnston's previous comments about how Stan's portrayal of Cap's loyal comrade is "slightly on the dark side," and it becomes all the easier to see how the sequel could go that route.
One issue that has already been raised - specifically, with respect to Iron Man 3 - is that it could prove difficult to have true "solo outings" for characters in the post-Avengers universe. However, future Captain America pictures could easily get around that potential dilemma by having the bulk of their action take place primarily in the past - and thus, avoid plot holes related to, say, why Cap doesn't simply call Tony Stark for help while battling his new opponent (or vice versa). That matter should also strongly influence the mix of modern vs. W.W. II-set narrative material in Captain America 2.
Lastly, as McFeely pointed out, depending on how viewers react to the period setting of Captain America, there may be increased demand to either remain in (or, conversely, move away from) the 1940s setting. We'll see how that goes down next month, when the film finally hits theaters.
Captain America: The First Avenger arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on July 22nd, 2011.
The Avengers will hit theaters next year on May 4th, 2012.
Source: Screen Junkies
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