With Captain America: The First Avenger hitting DVD/BluRay release tomorrow, we’re already seeing news about the sequel hitting the net. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely having been making the rounds dropping information about the star spangled man’s second outing.
“I think it’s safe for us to say that it’s primarily set in the modern day,” says Markus. “That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel… [W]e’ve been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, ‘What is all this? What’s happened to the world’ and so on.”
“We made a movie where the world was in context for Steve Rogers,” adds McFeely. “It was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he’s in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white. So what do you do with that guy? How does he react to a much more uncertain time? So you’re given this huge new palate to work with, but you can keep him the same.”
Do I sense some wacky fish out of water scenes as the Captain tries to play a CD on his Victrola? Wait, no… CD’s are out dated now too. What I actually find curious about this is having any of the movie take place back in WWII. Short of having a Captain America/Wolverine Nazi smashing flashback (which would be awesome, but impossible as the rights are still owned by Fox and Hugh Jackman is intent on ruining that franchise.) If I’m not mistaken, didn’t we see most of what Captain America did in the 40’s already?
“So much of Captain America’s adventures occur in the present day, so there are a lot of things I’d like to touch on,” said Markus. “That said, we did leave the center section of Captain America baggy enough to let him have adventures you didn’t see [in the first film]. So, we kind of have enough room to play with [for the sequel].”
“Still, if he had another adventure entirely set in World War II, the stakes are kind of lessened,” added McFeely, “because you know he survives and you know what happens to Bucky and you know the Howling Commandos survive long enough to have a toast in a bar.”
“You know Cap wins, and you know that whoever he was fighting didn’t destroy the world, because you’ve already seen things that happen after it,” agreed Markus. “So the stakes are, well … But then again, did that bother anyone with the second Indiana Jones movie?”
Ok, but the second Indiana Jones movie blew. Chances are we won’t hear anything concrete till well into next year, but rest assured Marvel faithful, they are making sure everything ‘works’ and fits together in the Marvel movie universe. Markus and McFeely are consulting The Avengers mastermind Josh Whedon on now and who the Captain is in the modern world.
“Yeah, it’s going the other way around now,” explained McFeely. “We needed to read Joss’s Avengers before we could go on and do Captain America 2. We needed to see if he did anything different, character-wise—and he hadn’t, he’s an excellent writer—but we also needed to see what he had done in terms of Steve poking around the modern day and dealing with it.”
The next time we’ll see Captain America’s star spangled ass is The Avengers (May 4, 2012.) As for a solo adventure? Chris Evans recently revealed that Captain America 2 will probably have to wait until 2014.