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Captain America Sequel Timeless

Captain America sequel will deal within WWII and Modern Times

By Jarrod Sarafin     April 15, 2011
Source: MTV Movies

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.

Thanks to Pendragon0 for the submission.


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ddiaz28 4/15/2011 8:55:41 AM

I think it would be cool to see it go back and forth a bit in the sequel.  Say there is an enemy threatening him in the present and they use flashbacks to slowly reveal how they were connected in the past.  Or something like that.  But I just want to see the first film to begin with.

jfdavis 4/15/2011 8:56:07 AM

I like their approach and hope Marvel, or whomever, let's them take their time.  Seeing which aspect of the first viewers liked best is better than just assuming they liked it all and give the same movie.  Not having seen the first one obviously I don't know for sure yet but a good mix of past and present ala Highlander appeals to me right now.

ThrillerSam 4/15/2011 9:56:44 AM

I was thinking the same thing... maybe start in present for the first ten minutes or so with an openin action of a past villian like  Baron Zemo... then flashback for like 45 minutes on their past conflict that then ties into the present and ends strong in the present. Would be awesome to see.

skitzoid77 4/15/2011 10:14:48 AM

Just because it is capt. america there are so many ways they can go with it to keep it cool but that also means there are alot of ways they can screw it up personally...I don't have alot of faith in hollywood these days......sorry if I'm being negative and poopin' on the capt. america parade

reek 4/15/2011 10:59:50 AM

If "The First Avenger" ends withCap frozen in ice then how are they gonna keep to the WWII timeline without "cheating".  If First Avenger doesn't end with him frozen, how does he end up with the Avengers?

lockheede 4/15/2011 11:17:03 AM


I think it's already been said that the end of the movie will have him waking up in modern times...

Calibur454 4/15/2011 1:44:08 PM

movie isnt even out yet and sequels are being made- ah hollywood you never can be unpredictable anymore. Im not saying this is a bad thing mind you but still I see it is buisness as usual..

Wiseguy 4/15/2011 2:19:48 PM

Well the guys that wrote the script probably don't have anything to do with post-production so why not start hashing out ideas of where to go in the sequel.

I'm open to the past or present. If the first film is played out in a way that shows that there was enough time for Cap to have other missions that weren't shown. I can see something along the lines of what ThrillerSam said.

Or WinterSoldier would be just as awesome IMO

therockdltj 4/15/2011 2:59:39 PM

There doing awesome so far! I think its getting VERY old blaming "Hollywood" just because a few studios have made bad movies. These are different companies not a single hive mind like the Borg !

UltimateTypeface 4/15/2011 3:25:45 PM

Cap's whole gig is the guy who is in the wrong time so I got no problem with flashbacks if they help the story story progress.

Bringing the Winter Soldier in would be cool, the guy they got playing Bucky looks kinda mean looking so I think thats where they will go. 


This is going to be so cool.

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