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5 Cool "Captain America 2" Facts!

Writer: Casey Lee


Welcome to the new world, Captain.

Aside from naming the movie after the villain from the series written by comic writer Ed Burbanker, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" would be the first look at Steve Roger's place in a complicated modern world after his revival since "The Avengers". While there was little time to show Steve Rogers comprehending his new realities in "The Avengers", it was expected that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" would be going through a tonal shift from the pulp romp in Joe Johnston's interpretation of the super soldier made to fight Nazis.

With "The Winter Soldier" coming to be a menace against S.H.I.E.L.D and the world, we set our expectations with the five cool things we know about the movie that would give you more reasons why you need to catch it in cinemas this 27 March!

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" would be a 'political thriller'

With new directors Joe and Anthony Russo from "Community" taking the baton from Joe Johnston, the co-directors are faced with the new challenges of making a superhero from the 1940s to be relevant in a cinematic universe where superheroes are defined by their high flying suits or have extraterrestrial origins.

"In our attempt to make all of our films feel unique and feel different we found ourselves going back to things like [Three Days of the Condor]. Also the other political thrillers of the '70s: The Parallax View, All The President's Men. This was a time that Cap existed in in the comics. He found himself in the swinging '60s followed by the Watergate era followed by the Reagan era followed by where we are today. In the comics it was a hell of a journey for Steve, And we couldn't take him through those years because in our cinematic universe he was asleep. But we wanted to force him to confront that kind of moral conundrum, something with that '70s flavor. And in our film that takes the form of S.H.I.E.L.D," said executive producer Kevin Feige, who has been overseeing the Marvel cinematic universe.

"What made '70s thrillers interesting is that it was a very complicated time. We were peeling back the curtain with Watergate and realizing how corrupt the system was. Now, again with the proliferation of social media, you can blow the whistle on the NSA and it can be round the world in 30 seconds. And we have the morality of drones. It is right to preemptively use them to kill suspected terrorists prior to any sort of trial? So the times we're living in are even more complex," added co-director Anthony Russo.

"And then the other big thing that really drew us to the project was Marvel's desire to take Captain America and merge him with a '70s political thriller. It gave the storytelling a real bite, a real texture, a real verite quality. And we felt like... we're living in complicated times. And similar to the '70s you can find some real overt political tones that you can play with that really resonate to an audience," said co-director Joe Russo.


"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is based on the comic series by Ed Brubaker

Other than putting a political tone to "The Winter Solider" (the director have also confirmed there would be easter eggs scattered in the movie as homage to the '70s thrillers mentioned), Steve Rogers would also go through his own personal struggles of having to fight against a friend who has become The Winter Solider, as he wrestles with himself in knowing whether the cause he is fighting for is what he believes in.

"The thing about Captain America is he's such a strong character; so morally grounded, he's a hard character to crack, because he's so stalwart. So to have a villain who is his former best friend, it's such a complicated, difficult relationship for him to be in, that's one way you get to a character that's as tough as Cap," said Anthony Russo.


"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes places two years after "The Avengers"

If you have been keeping track of the timeline of the Marvel Phase 2 movies happening since "The Avengers", you would be pleased to know that so far Marvel has been releasing the Phase 2 movies in chronological order since the Battle of New York. With "Iron Man 3" supposedly taking places months after the attack (where Tony Stark developed his anxiety attacks) and "Thor The Dark World" an unspecified time after the battle (where Thor deservedly gets slapped by Jane for not calling), Marvel has decided to follow through with that timing by letting "Captain America: The Winter Solider" happen two years later.

According to Scarlett Johansson, who plays as the Black Widow, confirms the timeline of "The Winter Solider" by saying: "This film is in real time. It's been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets."

Presumably the Captain has been kept busy doing the hard work for S.H.I.E.L.D in those two years, which will explain some of the updated look of his costume that would be more fitting in a modern covert combat environment.

There will be a major lead-in to "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron"

As the last Phase Two movie to be centered on a member of The Avengers ("Guardians of the Galaxy" is considered part of Phase Two but will be more standalone in its own galaxy), it is quite inevitable that it would definitely be putting in some hints and teases for their next assembly in "Avengers 2: Age of Ultron". That hint is reportedly going to be in the post-credit scene (come on, did you'd think there wouldn't be one after 7 Marvel movies?) that would show two main players (clue: they are brother and sister) in "Avengers 2". We wouldn't want to spoil it for you here and the reports about the scene have been unconfirmed at best, but if you want to catch a glimpse of what's going to be installed in "Age of Ultron" for 2015, you'd would know where to look.

Cameos and Appearances from "Captain America: The First Avenger"

While we know that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" would be bringing in new characters from the Marvel universe to the fore, most notably the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, with a couple more being planted but will not be making their costumed appearances just yet. However, that doesn't mean that the directors have forgotten about the past characters in "Captain America: The First Avenger", as they are the important links between the Cap's bearings of his old-fashioned values in a more complicated and grayer modern world.

Among the confirmed characters returning in "The Winter Solider" are Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), who was the professor behind the H.Y.D.R.A organisation run by The Red Skull in "The First Avenger", and Dominic Cooper had revealed that he had shot some scenes as Howard Stark; father to Iron Man Tony Stark and who was the one who pulled the trigger on transforming Steve Rogers into the super soldier. It is most unlikely that Steve Rogers would be seeing these past character in the present setting of "The Winter Soldier" (except maybe for Zola if you know your comics), so they would probably be seen in flashback sequences to remind us of Steve Roger's past during WWII.

The bigger question, however, is would we ever get to see Steve Roger's first love interest agent Peggy Carter, played by Haley Atwell who has been evasive about her appearance in the sequel. Though if you've paying attention to the casting news of "The Winter Soldier", we discreetly know that Rogers is about to meet another Carter who will remind him of Peggy.

Cinema Online, 26 March 2014

Related Movies:
Captain America: The First Avenger (28 Jul 2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (28 Jul 2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (27 Mar 2014)



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