When having been hired to pen a sequel script for a high-profile summer release, it's usually a straight forward affair for the writers in the development process. You see how the character ended up at the climax of the previous installment and you go from there. Such is not the case for screenwriters Stephen McNeely and Christopher Marcus, the two scribes who were tasked with Captain America: The First Avenger and are in charge with developing a sequel script for Marvel Studio and Paramount Pictures.
Moviegoers will soon see the timeless character battling within the era of World War II in the first installment and then see the hero jump to modern times in Joss Whedon's 2012 release, The Avengers. With the writers having to sit on the sidelines for the latter release, Marvel's fandom and movie fans have wondered which timeline we'll see in the Captain America sequel and how the writers will approach it.
For their part, McNeely and Marcus don't seem too worried about jumping across time between the two releases and their own task of taking on a follow-up adventure. Sitting down with MTV Movies, the two writers talked about it and revealed that a sequel (post-Avengers) will be living within the world of both the past and the present.
MTV: I know it's early in the process, but do you have a timeline in mind for the sequel? Will it be more World War II adventures or, since it will come out after "Avengers," will it be a modern-era Captain America?
MARKUS: We're very early, still. This is the fun part — when we can say, "Hey, we can do this!" and everyone says, "Yeah!" No one says anything negative at this point in the process. We have a million great ideas and haven't thrown any of them out yet. That being said, it's sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there's going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven't shown. We're going to have two entire timelines to play with.
McFEELY: I wonder if the reaction to ["The First Avenger"] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well... Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there's pressure to return there in a large way. But if they don't embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there's less pressure to do that — you can just keep him in the Avengers universe.
Check out the rest of their thoughts here.
Captain America stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough and Derek Luke. Johnston led the direction, based on a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Plot Concept: "Captain America: The First Avenger" will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Captain America will hit 3D/2D theaters July 22, 2011.