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Director Talks Captain America 2

Joe Russo on Winter Soldier

By Robert T. Trate     July 25, 2012
Source: Total Film

Just weeks after announcing its snazzy new title, more details have emerged as to what we can expect from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with co-director Anthony Russo sharing his ambitions for the project with The Huffington Post.

First off, Russo confirmed that the film will take many of its cues from Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier storyline, in which the departed Bucky Barnes returns as a brainwashed Russian assassin. "I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing," said Russo of Brubaker's influence, "and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.

"However, while much of Brubaker's tome is set in modern day America, there will still be plenty of wartime flashbacks to link the two films together. "We’re making the movie for first-time viewers, not just for fans," explains Russo, "so, because Cap does have this complicated history — he was this skinny guy who became a super-soldier, he was born back then and he’s living [now] — in the storytelling, you need to convey that to an audience who doesn’t know Cap’s story.

"As for Steve Rogers himself, he'll also be further developed as a character in this second film. We saw a little more of the Cap's playful side in The Avengers, and Russo will attempt to demonstrate how the character has changed on the course of his journey.

"We’re trying to grow him as a character," says Russo, "and certainly he’s come a long way, from where he started in pre-World War 2 to where he is in modern day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey that he’s been on."Russo will be co-directing with his brother Joe, while Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will be supporting Chris Evans on-screen.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in the US on 4 April 2014, with a UK release date to be confirmed.

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Dazzler 7/25/2012 3:57:08 AM

Winter soldier was a great storyline, hope they do it justice. 

lusiphur 7/25/2012 7:12:13 AM

Agreed Dazzler, great story.  I think they will do it well.

I'm not sure I like the whole "We're making the movie for first time viewers, not just for fans".  That is what the first movie was for.  All that is necessary in the sequels will be a brief recap or, like they did in The Incredible Hulk, the opening credits retell the origin.

CaptAmerica04 7/25/2012 7:29:41 AM

 I agree, lusiphur.  That line concerns me, too.  It's a sequel for a reason... there's no need to go through the origin again.  A few flashbacks are nice in small doses, but let's not lose momentum in moving forward.

 

makabriel 7/25/2012 7:51:16 AM

My concern was that there was no room in the original to fit any kind of "flash back" type movie.  So does this mean that Winter Soldier is going to be current timeline?  Because Bucky falling and Cap crashing the plane and freezing himself happened pretty close together..

 

hanuman1966 7/25/2012 8:19:43 AM

And lets leave the Falcon out of it. Give us a full-on African/African-American Avenger, such as the Black Panther. I don't see it adding anything special to Cap's storyline to have the Falcon as a sidekick.

hanuman1966 7/25/2012 8:20:44 AM

P.S. I don't mean that the Black Panther should be in Cap's film. I just mean that I don't care to see Falcon in a Marvel movie before BP, and I don't think anyone else does either.

Eldogg42 7/25/2012 8:25:34 AM

makabriel: The flashbacks they were talking about occurrs before the plane crash. While they were fighting the war.

Hanuman: If you read the winter soldier storyline, Falcon had a big part through out it.  He's much more than a "sidekick" and this is a great way to introduce a cool character.  Don't worry, Black Panther does not make sense in this story.

Hookedonavengers2012 7/25/2012 8:54:47 AM

 Personally I always enjoyed the Falcon character so I am very happy to see this! But I've never been a big flashback fan though...lol

RedHood2010 7/25/2012 11:32:08 AM

lusipher - totally agree with your post.  CA made some money, those folks will come back, and will want to keep moving forward.  You know, those fans.  lol

millean 7/25/2012 2:49:06 PM

I hope they update the uniform.  The Star Spangled Crayon was the only part of the Avengers I didn't like.  :)

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