So before the first film is even released there is already talk of a Captain America sequel, geez! However, I know many of you out there aren’t shocked by this news. This is becoming an ever-so-prevalent trend in Hollywood today. In a recent interview the writers for Captain America: The First Avenger, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus talked and revealed the process behind the first film and plans for the second films and how Joss Whedon’s Avengers film will affect their character.
Commenting on whether or not their story was affected restricted or shaped by the larger Marvel Universe:
McFeely: Yeah, but it was never intrusive. You’re going to need a MacGuffin, so if it’s related to the Marvel Universe, that’s fine by us. We already had a villain, so if we wanted to also weave in Howard Stark it wasn’t that hard. Someone has to fill some of these beats.
Markus: We probably had the easiest jobs in terms of interweaving the universe of Marvel movies, because we’re chronologically first. We don’t have to pick up the threads from the other films.
On the Sequel:
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.
Lastly the two spoke about how the solo characters would work after the Avenger’s movie:
Markus: It’s weirdly the same opportunity that the Marvel comic book guys have been having the last however-many years. All of those Avengers characters have solo comic books. You have to say “Captain America was on vacation the day when that solo adventure happened,” or explain why Iron Man didn’t call all of his super-powered friends when he was fighting that guy. It’s a bizarre problem to have… It’s not really a problem, actually. [Laughs]
McFeely: I think [“Iron Man 3” director] Shane Black is the one with the first burden. He’s the one who has to handle the first post-“Avengers” movie.
So what do you guys think of all this news?! Will Chris Evans be enough of a presence on screen to shape the story of the second Captain America film? Because I think he certainly could be! Or is it just too soon to even be mentioning a sequel yet?
Captain America: The First Avenger, from director Joe Johnston comes our way July 22nd!