While The Avengers won’t release for another five weeks (Yeah, I know only five weeks away, woot!) that hasn’t slowed production on sequels for the Iron Man, Captain America and Thor franchises. Today we learned who’s on the shortlist for directing Captain America 2 and a few of the names might surprise you. In the running are, “George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community.” I think I know who I’d be interested in seeing direct Cap 2, and they hail from a little college called Greendale.
I enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau and Nolfi deftly handled the chase and actions scenes in the script, even if it’s one of those movies that’s hard to enjoy through multiple viewings. F. Gary Gray has been behind quite a few good but not necessarily memorable action flicks,and he’s known for making a, “commercially viable product on schedule and at or under budget,” which might the qualities you look for in a sequel director. But in the end, I think the Russo brothers would be the most daring choice and the one that would deliver the best payback in the end. We want a sequel to not only be better, but different. Think about Iron Man 2, it was a lot of the same and that “sameness” didn’t shine as brightly the second time around.
It’s good news for me then that the Russo brothers, according to Vulture, did very well in their meeting with producer, Kevin Feige. A good impression could mean a lot more than what’s on their resume. But what it really comes down to when picking a director is what kind of story will Captain America 2 be telling? Will it post-Avengers? Will it have moments in WWII? Could the whole movie be set in the past and take place somewhere within the first Captain America? Who knows!?! With the script still getting worked on by Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely it’s up in the air as to what direction a sequel will explore.
So, ya bastards, what do you want from Captain America 2? Where do you think Cap should go or who should he face? Then, who’s the director for the job?
After Captain America: The First Avenger, we’ll definitely see quite a bit of Cap in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers when that comes out.
The Captain America sequel will follow the release of The Avengers and may be revisiting his past with some 1940s action while having it set in the present day, according to screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely.
PopcornBiz spoke with the two screenwriters and garnered quite a bit of information regarding Cap’s sequel.
We certainly want at least a portion of the ’40’s, I think. The span of [Captain America: The First Avenger] is about two or three years, and there’s a few times in the film where you jump four months ahead, you jump six months ahead. So we did that with the intention of saying, ‘Okay, there are certainly unseen adventures that Captain America went on in that period that if we want to, we can go back and explore later.
Markus explained the rationale behind the movie being set in the present day rather than making a movie entirely of 1940s action, and it makes perfect sense:
It might be doing a disservice not to address the present day Cap, particularly because so much of the comic book run right now is present day Cap – that ‘man out of time’ is the icon. The Captain America that most people know is really from kind of the reboot, when Stan Lee brought him back in ’63 and ’64, frozen from a block of ice. So his biggest personality trait is that he’s this man out of time, and for us, we didn’t have the opportunity [to explore that]. This was a guy in the RIGHT time.
On the possible inclusion of the other characters from the comics, including Sharon Carter (who is a relative of Peggy Carter) and The Falcon.
I want both of them! Sharon is meaty, almost to a point where you get a little uncomfortable because her relation to Peggy has shifted over the years, as time has passed. She’s the sister, she’s the cousin, she’s the niece. You have to walk a fine line there because it does seem like you’re dating your girlfriend’s daughter. Falcon is awesome. We can’t play with time so much to have Cap go back to Harlem in the ’70’s and clean up the streets, but it would be awesome to go straight up, like, ‘Shaft’ with Cap and the Falcon.
And on the perks they had the chance to enjoy in preparation for writing the sequel’s screenplay… the lucky bastards:
We got to read Iron Man 2 and Thor, and now Avengers before they come out. So we know things that no one else knows…I mean, we talked to Joss Whedon a little bit. We didn’t have a chance to talk to any of the other writers, but it’s mostly just fun and kind of an added bonus to know that your McGuffin [the plot device that motivates the action] is coming from a room that you’re going to see in Thor and that one of your characters is the father of the guy in Iron Man. It’s not so much a burden as it is this little extra layer of excitement.
I’m actually interested in seeing where they take this Captain America sequel; it looks like they know what they’re dealing with. What do you guys think?
Source: Geek Tyrant