Jeez, can we get Avengers: Age of Ultron out of the way before we start hyping Captain America 3?

No. Alright then.

So while out promoting the upcoming home video and digital release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, co-director Anthony Russo, who filmed Winter Soldier with his brother Joe, teased some of the stuff they were looking at doing in the third part of the franchise, which is due in theaters in 2016. No specifics were offered (obviously), but one can sense a definite twinge of excitement in the director about what he and his brother have in store: the introduction of new characters, the redemption of old ones, and maybe *gasp* an ending? Read on….

“We just got another incredible draft from the writers and are very excited about the film,” Anthony Russo said in an interview with “I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it.”

Although he didn’t follow up with specifics in terms of what we might hear about, Russo continued that part of the movie will definitely revolve around Captain America chasing down his old friend Bucky (played by Sebastian Stan) who is now, SPOILER ALERT, The Winter Soldier, and trying to help the old sidekick come to terms with what’s befallen him.

“The relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier was never resolved at the end of the last movie,” Russo explained. “Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world’s most feared assassin or is he the world’s longest serving POW. Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he’s been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie.”

Well, that sounds great, but I think we knew that The Winter Soldier was going to play a part somehow. By now, people (nerds) are salivating, waiting for Russo to give us a hint about who else might appear in the film: Black Widow? Nick Fury? Falcon? Howard the Duck? A few days ago, there were rumblings that Jeremy Renner would suit up as Cap’s Avengers’ teammate Hawkeye in the next Cap solo film, but Russo says that the team is focused squarely on the development of the titular hero.

“As far as where else we want to take the character, we just want to keep moving Cap forward,” Russo said. “We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he’s capable of. That’s about as specific as I can get about where we might take him.”

But it terms of further generalization, another interesting possibility came up in a later conversation between Russo and MTV News; what if, like Iron Man 3, the third Captain America movie was framed with resolution to the various plot threads? Or to put it another way, what if part 3 is the last Captain America movie for a while? It is possible after all since Captain America himself, Chris Evans, has said that he’d like to focus on directing once his Avengers/Marvel contract is fulfilled.

“It is a hard question to answer because it gets to the specific of where the narratives are going,” Russo explained carefully. “I will say this: yes, for satisfying storytelling, you want a beginning, middle and end. That’s the natural arc that we all thrive off of in narrative.

“The great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters,” he added. “As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern, as the publishing has, where there’s closure with some characters and new beginnings with other characters. How those hand-offs are made is always part of the fun.”

We’ll all have to wait till May 6, 2016 to which parts of the fun make the final cut in Captain America 3.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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