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5 Great Stories for the Next Captain America Film

The Plot for Cap 3 Lies Here

By Tim Janson     November 04, 2013
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5 Great Stories for the Next Captain America Film
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn’t come out until April 2014 but that doesn’t mean it’s too earlier to look ahead to a possible third film.  While Cap has never been as popular as other Marvel Comics characters like Spider-Man, The X-Men, Iron Man, or the Hulk, he IS one of Marvel’s oldest heroes and has an underrated body of outstanding stories that have been written by some of the industry’s finest writers.  Today, we look at five great story lines from Captain America’s past that we think would make great plots for a new film.
No Longer Alone/Tomorrow You Live, Tonight I Die!!/The Strange Death of Captain America
Captain America #110 – 111, 113 (1969)
It was only three issues but it was one of the most influential runs in Captain America’s long history that paired two legendary comic creators…writer Stan Lee and artist Jim Steranko.  The three issue run saw Cap having to battle a rampaging Hulk, take on HYDRA, and seemingly be killed in what would be the first of many of his apparent deaths.  Rick Jones as the new Bucky Barnes mourns Cap in the cemetery unaware that HYDRA now intends to kill him as well until Cap makes a dramatic return.  Co-starring Nick Fury and Madame Hydra, this would make for an interesting, spy thriller type of superhero film.
Secret Empire/Nomad Storyline
Captain America #176 – 184  (1974 – 1975)
Written by Steve Englehart, this is one of my favorite Cap storylines as it came early in my days as a comic book fan.  Born out of the Watergate era and mistrust of the Government (and you thought that was a recent development!), Cap learns that a leader of the Secret Empire, a group associated with HYDRA, is actually a high-ranking U.S. official.  When the government covers up his involvement, Steve Rogers quits being Captain America in disgust.  Instead he took up the name Nomad as a man without a country.  In his absence, a young man name Roscoe Simons became the new Captain America.  Roscoe’s career was short-lived as he was tortured and crucified by the Red Skull, prompting Rogers to once again become Captain America.
Captain America No More
Captain America #332 – 350 (1987 – 1989)
A dozen years after the Secret Empire/Nomad storyline, Mark Gruenwald presented his own take on a replacement for Steve Rogers but this time instead of Rogers quitting, he is stripped of is costume and shield after they are declared property of the U.S. government.  The government appoints the Super Patriot as the new Captain America and Steve Rogers takes on a new costume and shield calling himself “The Captain”.  The new Captain America becomes to become unstable and violent eventually leading to a showdown with Rogers in issue #350 to decide who will be Captain America once and for all.
Captain America Operation Rebirth
Captain America 444 – 448 (1995 – 1996)
 While titles such as The various X-Men, Spider-Man, and Punisher books were all the rage in the 1990s, one of Marvel’s oldest heroes was basically forgotten and barely skated above cancelation status.  I’d guess that an artist or writer being give the assignment to work on Captain America was thought of more as punishment that reward.  However a short run in the middle of the decade by the team of Writer Mark Waid and artist Ron Garney helped elevate the title if only for a little while.  The story re-introduces Cap’s longtime girlfriend Sharon Carter into the mix in a wild tale.  Cap is believed to have been killed but his life was saved by none other than his arch-enemy, The Red Skull.  And why would the Skull save Cap?  Because a group of crazed Nazi cultists have a plan to resurrect Adolf Hitler!  A complex storyline that was well ahead of its time in the 1990s when fan-popular artists ruled the roost.
The Death of Captain America
Captain America #25 – 42 (2007 – 2008)
Few would question Ed Brukbaker’s status as the best Captain America writer of the past 15 – 20 years and the Death of Captain America storyline was his landmark masterpiece.  The story came in the aftermath of the mega Marvel Civil War crossover event and begins with Captain America being shot by a sniper on the steps of a courthouse where he is about to turn himself in for his opposition to the superhero registration act.  Captain America Dies on the way to the hospital and his body is secretly taken to the arctic where he had been originally found way back in Avengers #4.  Bucky Barnes takes over as the new Captain America before Rogers would eventually return in Captain America: Reborn.  A long and complex storyline, this would definitely be the most ambitious plot for a new film.
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Dazzler 11/4/2013 3:30:19 AM

I would vote for Cap A no more stuff.  I am sure they would never do that story right but it would be a good starting point to figure out a story the executives would like.  Sad I have to think like that, but they never do comic adaptions right so far.  Only Watchmen had it right so far, and they tinkered with that anyway also. 

Wiseguy 11/4/2013 5:09:27 AM

I think Cap's next film should be a loose take on Civil War with some cameos by some other Avengers. I think the political overtones really translate with the constant issues of privacy of today.

However I'd be happy with any of the above. Cap's stories can easily be made relevant with any political issue of the day which is partly  why I think his character is so awesome

kinetoscope 11/4/2013 8:14:11 AM

 I could see Avengers 3&4, being the final Avengers movies, using them to the Civial War in 2 parts, the indiviual films could all tie in. I would still love to see a Sercet Wars film.



Roqueja 11/4/2013 9:38:41 AM

CapWolf?  No?  Okay, nevermind.

CaptAmerica04 11/4/2013 6:55:40 PM

"Captain America No More" was one of my favorite story arcs as a kid. I loved that they shook up the status quo so well, without needing to do some ridiculous ret-con to get things back on track (a la "The Death of Captain America" which I still feel was a giant slap in the face to serious Cap fans).

Speaking of "The Death of" storyline, I liked seeing Bucky Barnes step up to take over as the new Captain America. He was the rightful and proper heir to the shield, and he did it right, fighting the good fight, but doing things his own way (I thought that this was done in a much better way than the nearly simultaneous "Death of Batman"/ascension of Dick Grayson storyline). My only regret was that they brought Steve Rogers back. I would've liked to see Barnes stay as the new Cap indefinitely, or for a long time... and I've been reading and loving the character since ca. 1986!
With that said, they will NEVER do that storyline, because they've worked too hard to build up Chris Evans as Cap in the movies, and to assemble the Avengers. Theatrically speaking, he's still too early in his career for this storyline to be brought in.

Personally, I'd love to see either "Captain America No More," or have them do something with Baron Von Strucker/HYDRA/Baron Blood/The Sleeper/etc. Something to bring things full circle back to WWII and the various other Nazi-related villains that arose from that time period. There is so much depth and history to those villains, and so much character to be put on display on the big screen, it'd be a shame not to dip into that very deep well.

And I agree with kinetoscope - Civil War (or the ensuing Secret War against the Skrulls) would be great, but those need to be done as Avengers films, not as a Cap film.


vagabondster 11/5/2013 8:12:11 PM

 i think that all these sound good, and i highly doubt they will stop with a third avengers movie. Theyve invested a great deal of time and money into building yhis univrrse, just to get to avengers 3, thor 3, cap 3 IM 4? not likely. There are dozensvof stories and it ciuld very well keep a studio in business for decades..kinda like finding a huge new oil well yknow?

JTime 11/6/2013 8:50:51 AM

I may be in th minority here but I do NOT want to see Civil War—at least, as it was done in the comics. I have a hard time believing that heros who have fought together to save the universe and have stood together against impossible odds, would now actually beat each other to a pulp over governmental pressure, rather than turn a blind eye to their brothers-in-arms, no matter what anybody said. Nor do I believe Reed Richards would be stupid enough to clone Thor and not think that was going to go badly, inspite of having seen Doc Doom make similar mistakes a zillion times. Nor do I think Spiderman—of ALL people—would reveal his identity and endanger his loved ones given his origin. To me, there were major parts of that storyline that were not thought through.

The Sleeper stuff would be cool.



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