So there I was, constantly refreshing my Twitter feed yesterday, eagerly awaiting the big Captain America news we had been teased about the other day, which I was certain was going to be the title of the new film. Only to find out that the news had nothing to do with Captain America 3 but was rather just about a special event in LA to celebrate the home release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Damn you, Marvel and your promotional ways!
That doesn’t mean that there wasn’t some Captain America 3 news out there though, and that it wasn’t very cool either.
Crave Online managed to sit down with co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and the filmmaking siblings shed some light on this still unrevealed title, which has apparently been known for about decade now. Say what?
“If you’ve been talking to Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain. It’s all part of the road map that he’s laid out, and it’s all part of the bigger plan.”
With that kind of super long game plan, you might think that directors will find it too restrictive to tell their own stories, but the Russo’s explain that Marvel has created a great balance.
“Yeah, I think the way Kevin does it is there are big pieces that he knows he wants to build towards, but the way that you get there is open to interpretation and improv a little bit. That’s defined by who gets involved with the project, the writers and directors involved in the project. The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Cap 2 was the fall of Hydra. Similarly there is a very, very big idea at the center of Cap 3. But how we get there is all up to us. And I think why Marvel has been so successful is because it’s been such a clear plan, that everything is interconnected and they’re building emotional capital with each movie that you can then trade off of in the next film.”
Now it’s probably not hyperbolic to say that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the most important bit of storytelling seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far. The revelation that S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that has been the backbone of this entire endeavor from the start, was actually secretly Hydra, the very enemy they had been created to combat, shook up the status quo like nothing else in Marvel’s stable. Allegiances switched, characters got flip flopped and, most importantly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D totally stopped sucking and finally became the TV show we had been dreaming it could be (that last one is more of a bit of personal appreciation).
And it looks like those world-shaking tendencies are not being shelved for Cap’s next adventure, as the Russos explained when they were asked if all these ideas were already in place.
“No, all that stuff is open for interpretation. Usually it’s just one big idea that alters the universe as a whole in some way, that has interconnectedness that he’s grabbed on to. That’s the case with Cap 3, but as far as villain and story arc and tone, all that stuff is left up to us.”
Just what could this big, universe altering idea be? Some very nimble deductive gymnastics on the internet have already had some people looking at the the fact that Feige had this idea 10 years ago, which was smack dab in the middle of the Civil War storyline which saw Cap and Iron Man/Tony Stark face off against each other in a philosophical turned very physical argument about personal freedom. Stark wanted all superheroes registered, trained and tracked to ensure that they are not only used more efficiently but also to prevent untrained heroes from inadvertently doing more damage than good *COUGH*man of steel*COUGH*. Cap disagreed, as this would mean everybody revealing their secret identities to the people in charge and he was not that comfortable with one group having that much control over another. As heroes flocked to each man’s viewpoint, it set up an epic hero vs hero throw down, even going so far as to have the Avengers split into two, with one team – the “New Avengers” – featuring none other than Luke Cage, Doctor Strange and Iron Fist – all characters that Marvel are about to introduce on screen.
Civil War may boast a tad bit too big a scope and cast to be effectively used as solo movie though, but the core concepts could certainly be tweaked to work. And maybe the reason why Iron Man isn’t getting another solo movie now, because he’s actually going to be sharing a movie with Cap? DUN DUN DUUUUHHHNNNN! Whatever the case, after the bone crunching brilliance of Captain America:The Winter Soldier, I just cannot wait to see what the Russos cook up next.
Last Updated: September 11, 2014