Principal photography for Captain America: The First Avenger is finished but director Joe Johnston and star Chris Evans have re-assembled in New York to shoot a special scene involving SHIELD. It was long said that Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury wouldn't appear in the Captain America origin story until he spilled the beans himself on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Now, Fury's on set in costume in what appears to be the shooting of the special post-credits Easter Egg scene. Proceed with caution as there are spoilers ahead.
Due to the very public shooting location of this scene in New York Times Square, photos and video have surfaced all over the web and you can see for yourself here - it features SHIELD Director Nick Fury (Sam L.), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in what may be the post-credits, bonus sequence for Captain America: The First Avenger. Perhaps they're recruiting him to lead The Avengers?
You'll notice it takes place in modern New York so we can at least say that the entire film does not just take place during WWII. Steve Rogers will be unfrozen in the modern era.
What an awkward and noisy place to shoot, being surrounded by people in Times Square. Seems like more of a marketing stint than smart shooting location. Note the Acura vehicles surrounding the set - It's Acura sponsoring the franchise, providing all of the SHIELD rides and sponsoring the viral marketing campaign.
Here are some high-res set photos as well - take note of the S.S.R. logo on Rogers' T-shirt. That stands for "Strategic Scientific Reserve," the branch of the U.S. Army in the Marvel universe responsible for Project Rebirth - the experiment that turned Rogers into the super soldier we now know as Captain America.
What's going on in these images/video offers some interesting discussion. We don't know the timeline for S.R.R. and if they even still exist in the modern era, but the clothing Rogers is sporting would seem to indicate that the branch of the government responsible for Project Rebirth/super solider experimentation is still around and that they're tied to SHIELD.
From the images, it seems possible that Captain America was found frozen and then awakened. Not knowing where he was or anyone around him, he may have tried to escape (looking for love interest Peggy Carter?) only to be contained by SHIELD and introduced to Fury and Coulson to be recruited into The Avengers - hence, the handshake at the end of the video.
What are your thoughts and theories?
Directed by Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans stars alongside Neal McDonough’s Dum Dum Dugan, Tommy Lee Jones‘ Colonel Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Derek Luke as Gabe Jones. As for the sequel, it’s anyone’s guess who will return.
Captain America hits theaters July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.
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