In a few days time (well, one for me) we’ll get to see if all the hype was real and Captain America: The Winter Soldier does indeed give the rest of the previously released Marvel Studios films a red, white and blue ass kicking. Whether or not it actually does end up being the best flick the studio has ever released (as some reviewers have claimed), the general consensus is that it’s still very good. So good that Marvel have already pencilled in the sequel for 2016, bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo and writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus to work their magic once again. And while we’re still more than two years away from seeing that movie become reality, it seems we already know what it’s going to be about.
And no, it won’t be about Bucky Barnes picking up the shield and becoming the new Captain America. It will probably feature somebody else in the star spangled costume though.
Speaking to the folks at Den of Geek (Warning: that link contains some spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier) McFeely and Markus spoke about how they’ve already laid down some of the groundwork, but that they’ll be looking back to a classic cap story for their next bit of inspiration.
“You can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there. We always go back to the comics and dive back in and look at anything we’ve missed in the last few years that might be relevant.”
“There’s a couple [of stories] we’re playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap.”
“Psychotic 1950s Cap,” for those of you that don’t know, refers to one William Burnside. In the comics, Burnside was a serious Captain America fanboy born in 1929, who idolized his hero so much that after Cap and Bucky’s reported deaths in 1945, he dedicated his life to studying him. During these studies, he discovered German wartime documents that revealed Cap’s civilian identity of Steve Rogers, as well as the previously thought lost formula for the super soldier serum that turned Rogers into the superhero known and loved throughout the world.
Burnside reported his discovery to the US government but refused to share the details with them, unless he was allowed to become the new Captain America. And Steve Rogers. Yep, in the early signs of being a complete nutjob, before taking the serum, Burnside had plastic surgery done on himself to look exactly like the original Rogers as well as legally changing his name to Steven Rogers. However, unbeknownst to him, the newly found super soldier process was incomplete, and while the treatment initially gave Burnside the same powers as Cap and turned him into a bit of a hero, it also eventually resulted in him coming down with an acute case of being loco in the cabeza!
This new “Captain America” goes from just having some anti-Communist sentiments to being a straight-up paranoid racist jerk. A super powered paranoid racist jerk, to be precise. As a way of stopping his nutjob zealotry, the US government captured him and stuck him in cryo-stasis, where he was eventually forgotten about. Fast forward to the modern day and Burnside is unthawed by a disgruntled government worker (as they tend to do), where is greeted by the news of the also unthawed Steve Rogers, whom Burnside initially assumed is actually just a communist who put on the costume as his successor. So add narcissism to that paranoia and racism as well.
While he would eventually learn that this was the original Cap whom he idolized (a realization that caused his mind to snap even further), that didn’t stop Burnside from going toe to super soldier toe with Rogers on several occasions. Burnside would eventually go off to form his own prejudiced terrorist group, The Watchdogs, and at one stage kidnapped and threatened the life of Sam Wilson aka the Falcon so that he could force Captain America (the resurrected Bucky Barnes wearing the costume after Steve Rogers was shot and killed – try to keep up) to become his sidekick and do his bidding. Nutter.
Apparently, The Winter Soldier deals a lot with conflicting ideologies, and they don’t get more conflicting than Rogers and Burnside. What makes their clashes so memorable is that despite their differences of policies, the pair are so evenly matched physically. Burnside also has quite the history with the Red Skull and Dr. Arnim Zola, characters who have already appeared in the Captain America movies, and who certainly still have a large role to play in this universe and future stories.
With Sebastian Stan having recently revealed that he has a 9-picture deal with Marvel, the assumption by many was that we see the “Death of Steve Rogers” storyline playing out, and his Bucky Barnes taking up the red, white and blue mantle, but it looks we’re going to have to still wait a while for that to happen.
Last Updated: March 25, 2014