We’ve only gotten glimpses of it so far- at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, and the beginning of The Avengers– but one of the biggest issues that needs to be confronted in the coming Captain America: The Winter Soldier is how Captain America acclimates to the current year, as a man from the 1940s. In an interview with Empire, Chris Evans gave us a bit of background on how that could play out, once the sequel hits in April.
In The Avengers, we saw a bit of Steve Rogers feeling displaced, taking his anger and confusion out of a handful of punching bags in a secluded gym somewhere, but what happens when he finally faces the new world around him and the changes time has brought? As Chris Evans explains, that was something that couldn’t be explored too much in the team-up flick, but will definitely be addressed in the Captain America sequel.
In The Avengers we had so many characters you have to address, you don’t really have time to sit with any single one. In this movie there’s a lot going on for Steve. He’s trying to acclimatize to the modern world. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about trying to find how he fits. He’s a man from the 1940s. He’s just woken up. For everybody else, it’s been a slow burn to get to where we are in 2014. But for him, suddenly there’s the internet, cellphones and The Patriot Act. The technology’s new to him and so is the access the government has to that technology.
It’s an interesting thought, for sure. And, as we see with the Winter Soldier; Cap may be dealing with the future, but the past is surely coming back to haunt him as well.
Evans goes on to tell Empire Magazine just why Captain America’s persona lends itself so well to the style of movie that The Winter Soldier is, and it’s hard to disagree with him, from what we’ve seen.
The [Russo] brothers said right from the start that we were really doing a ’70s thriller. And I think just Cap’s abilities mesh well with that kind of genre. I mean, his powers are very meat and potatoes. Faster. Stronger. Punch. Kick. That works with those types of movies. It would be more difficult to put, say, Hulk in that kind of context.
Cap’s struggle with the world he’s awoken in, the resurfacing of someone from his past, all grounded in a sort of realistic ’70s thriller aesthetic? I can dig it. After the out-there nature of the events from The Avengers, it’ll serve the character well to get back to his own distinct genre and story. Let’s hope Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues the trend of sequels that all kicked ass after The Avengers when it hits theaters on April 4.