One of the great successes of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is that it managed to continue to build the Marvel Cinematic Universe without really drawing attention to it. Instead, it managed to expand the scope of the Marvel-related films, introduce new characters familiar to comic book readers, and challenged the characters we already had met with a shocking truth the upset everything they thought they knew. In essence, Winter Soldier continued building the world by essentially destroying a pretty big piece of it. Delivering such a gobsmack was a big risk that turned into an even bigger reward for Cap 2 directors Anthony and Joe Russo, whose success with the film was evident in the way that Marvel awarded them the helm for Captain America 3 before The Winter Soldier even opened last April. In a new interview, the Brothers Russo made it clear that they’re not about to rest on the laurels, and are prepping another big game change for the MCU in part 3.
While talking to Crave Online, the Russos talked about Captain America 3, or at least talked about as much as one can two years out from the release with a certain unwillingness to go into details for obvious reasons. For starters, yes, they have a draft, and yes, they have a title. More importantly though, they have a plan.
“If you’ve been talking to Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain,” said Joe Russo. “I think why Marvel has been so successful is because it’s been such a clear plan, that everything is interconnected and they’re building emotional capital with each movie that you can then trade off of in the next film.”
The filmmakers want to be clear though, just because its Feige’s plan, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a substantive say in what goes into making a Captain America movie: the villain, supporting characters, even the plot is left entirely in the hands of the Russos and their collaborating screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
“No, all that stuff is open for interpretation,” Joe added. “Usually it’s just one big idea that alters the universe as a whole in some way, that has interconnectedness that he’s grabbed on to. That’s the case with Cap 3, but as far as villain and story arc and tone, all that stuff is left up to us.”
So what might this big twist be, this game changer? Well, we know in the comic books that shortly after the introduction of The Winter Soldier, there was the superhero Civil War, which ended with the assassination of Captain America and the selection of Bucky as his replacement. Maybe, since a lot of hay has been made about Chris Evans stepping down once his Marvel contract is done, and the Russos address those rumors in the interview too. As for seeing the Civil War on screen, I hope that’s not the case because that would show a startling lack of imagination, and I think at this point we all expect better of Marvel. Plus the whole Civil War thing, thinking back on it, was such a cynical story arc and kind of a blatant cash grab. “Let’s have superheroes fight each other!” It almost seems like something out of the dark days of the 90s.
So what could it be? The return of Red Skull, played or not played by Hugo Weaving, would be pretty sweet. Come to think of it, where did the Red Skull go at the end of the first Captain America movie? Was he sucked up into space? An alien world? Who would he meet there? Might the Red Skull return as an emissary for Thanos, and could Cap 3 bridge the cosmic and Earth-bound sides of the MCU in a surprising way? That would be interesting, and I think there’s a lot of trust in the Russos to have the right kind of judgment to make it happen.
Speaking of the details, there was no speaking of the details. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in Cap 3? Can’t say. M.O.D.O.K. in Cap 3? Markus would love it, but can’t say. More Falcon (Anthony Mackie)? Actually, that’s a pretty safe bet. Anthony Russo discussed the difficulties in getting the Falcon action scenes right in the Winter Soldier because they were doing so much practically, which is going to present even more problems in the future, he said.
“[F]rankly it’s going to be something that’s even more tricky as we’re moving forward, because we want to keep looking for possibilities in terms of how Falcon can move, how we can shoot him in cool ways doing things that only Falcon can do,” Anthony explained. “A lot of that stuff you have to rely on real physical tricks for, so anyway I think what he was talking about there was just the experimental process of figuring out… we’re going to shoot him doing something now, are we going to use that in the movie or are we going to resort to a visual effect? As we went through the process we kept toggling back and forth, and indeed all through post process we toggled back and forth until we found the right balance.”
Captain America 3 will be in theaters everywhere May 6,2016; the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray is on store shelves now.