You’ve probably heard the discussions, rumors and speculation about who all is going to be in the two-parter Avengers: Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo have teased that there will be upwards of 67 characters in the films, producer Kevin Feige has said that the third and forth Avengers films will be a “culmination” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, which are all effective teases, but part one of Infinity War will be the 19th movie of the MCU with 19 movies full of characters that could or could not be a part of the film. But now it’s been revealed that at least one group of characters will definitely be part of the fight. (more…)
Captain America: Civil War had so many characters but three keep people had to sit on the bench for the battle between dueling Avengers: the Hulk, Thor and Nick Fury. Of course we know that Mark Ruffalo will team-up with Chris Hemsworth in the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok, but what about Samuel L. Jackson? He’s been the glue that brings all these movies together appearing in all the Phase One Marvel Studios films, up to and including The Avengers, but his absence was, perhaps, the most conspicuous in Civil War. So why skip the one-eyed king of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The answer, according to the screenwriters, has many facets. (more…)
Last summer, Marvel Studios released two movies that left the fate of two heroes kind of up in the air. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hulk/Bruce Banner flew off for parts unknown in the Quinjet, and at the end of Ant-Man, Hope Pym is introduced to the prototype Wasp suit her father Hank had been designing before his wife was killed in action. We know that the Hulk will be back in Thor: Ragnarok, and that the Wasp will fly high in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but was there ever any chance that the two of them might have showed up for Captain America: Civil War in the meantime? Funny you should ask… (more…)
Over the past week or so we’ve seen a lot of TV shows get renewed, canceled, or picked up. It’s like the television Hunger Games out there, and while there have been casualties, more than a few new series coming our way look fantastic (Gotham or Constantine, anyone?)
One of those most promising and most anticipated of the new offerings is Marvel’s Agent Carter, for which we now have this great promotional art (above, click to embiggen) and an official synopsis. (more…)
As I’m sure you know, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been deemed so awesome that they’ve engaged directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to start work on Captain America 3 despite the fact that part 2 is still weeks away from theaters. Does that mean they already know what direction they want to take? Well they’re unlikely to say for certain, but in a new interview, Markus and McFreely offered some interesting hints at what may, or may not, be coming. (more…)
With the whole Marvel Phase 2 thing dominating the way that upcoming movies in that circle are being put together, people are naturally wondering how each story is going to tie into the rest of them. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the way, one major question is how the Cap. is going to run solo after being put in charge of the Avengers. After all, he’s got a whole team to work with, right? Why try to take on the bad guys alone when you have a Hulk to throw at them? Well, the writers of the new flick, Christopher Markus and the unfortunately named Stephen McFeely had a few words to share about just that subject. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Iron Man 3 comes out in a couple of weeks, Thor: The Dark World is nearing the completion of production, and shooting on Captain America: The Winter Soldier has gotten underway. Yup, Marvel Phase 2 is shaping up nicely, but it’s that last title that has the most mystery to it, and coincidentally it is also the one of the three with the most direct connection to The Avengers 2.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned The Winter Soldier, and they also did some work on The Dark World, so they are as close to an authority on Phase 2 you can get after say Kevin Feige or Joss Whedon. While doing a round of press for a non-Marvel film that they wrote, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain, Markus and McFeely talked with /Film about their process working on Marvel films, the difference between the two Captain America movies, and what their work on Winter Soldier might say about The Avengers 2.
I saw you guys speak soon after Captain America: The First Avenger came out and you were already working on Captain America 2. Since then, how much has the script changed? Was it always the Winter Soldier, did it have Black Widow, Nick Fury and everyone else?
Stephen McFeely: When you saw us speak, we probably were just in the throwing stuff against a wall phase. So that would’ve been like July or June of 2011. For those, say, next three or four months, it was a process of us going back and forth with Marvel and thinking what about “this, and what about this?”. And eventually that sort of steered down into an outline and then we started writing that outline in late 2011. So from the summer, it changed plenty, but from the outline in late that year, it’s been the same
Christopher Markus: It’s been pretty drilled down.
So if you were writing that movie, how did you have time to work on Thor: The Dark World as well?
Markus: Between Cap drafts, Kevin gave us a call. We were in a great place on Cap because we had a lot of lead time on Cap 2 so there was a certain amount of leisurely pacing. We had the time.
McFeely: And when you turn in drafts you don’t automatically get notes the next day. Sometimes it takes a while. So Kevin said “You’re gonna have a month or whatever” and so we slid over to Thor. To be honest, we don’t know who’s gonna get credit on that movie. There are a lot of people who contributed to it so it may not be us, we don’t know.
Thor and Cap are such different characters, how do you go about balancing writing for each of them?
McFeely: We’re inheriting that story so we didn’t come up with the story for Thor 2. We just came in and said “How can we tell this better and differently?” So your question doesn’t really come up to us. We say “Here’s the problem Thor is dealing with. These are the people and this is the plot. How do we balance character and plot efficiently here?” And we do the same thing with Cap, but in that case we’re just on it for much longer.
Markus: Cap is much more about realism. They’re tonally quite different genres, almost. Things get a lot more “way out” in Thor, so the chance of tonal overlap is pretty slim.
Just looking at Cap’s release date, plus knowing it’s set in the same time, same city, and with the leader of The Avengers, it seems likely it’ll do a lot of legwork for The Avengers 2. You obviously can’t talk specifics, but how do you work with Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon to make sure your film, as well as Thor 2, all fits in for Avengers?
McFeely: Kevin is the dungeon master, so if there’s something we really need to know, he’ll tell us, but he doesn’t steer us. With rare exceptions does he say “We can’t do that because of this next movie.” More often than not he’ll say “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.”
Markus: And more often than not, when you’re thinking of the movies as a whole, it’s “What do you want the state of the world to be when Avengers 2 kicks off?” It’s never like, Cap has to put down a briefcase so the Hulk can pick it up. It’s never that specific. It’s sort of like, “Where do you want loyalties to lie when that movie opens?”
How much bigger is The Winter Soldier from The First Avenger?
McFeely: It’ll feel like a different genre, we’ll can say that. We’re very proud of the first one because it was our love letter, and Joe Johnson’s love letter, to Indiana Jones, so it had that Forties vibe to it. This is much more of a modern conspiracy political thriller. So it’s a fast ride. The action will fell commensurate. You’ll see Cap fight in a way that you have never seen before, or at least not for him. The DNA is the same, but the animal is different.
Finally, do you want to continue doing Marvel movies or would you like to pepper in different genres like with Pain & Gain?
Markus: We always want to switch it up, but I’m VERY comfortable at Marvel (laughs). They’re very nice people and I love playing with their toys.
McFeely: Chris is right. A lot of people walk in and say ‘If you get to a position where you can pick things, you do one for us and one for them.’ We like doing big and small, and in terms of big, I don’t know where else I’d rather do big movies than Marvel. I know everybody. When they say let’s write this script, I know they’re going to make the movie. There are expectation. I like all of it. We could go do other things, and maybe we will, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll be as good or as culturally relevant. And that’s fun. It’s really fun for my mom to say my son wrote that.
Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, open November 8, 2013 and April 14, 2014 respectively.
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.
Captain America was a summer time hit and plans for the second installment in the hopefully long series of sequels is in the script writing stages. “Captain America – First Avenger” co-writer Christopher Markus has been kicking around an idea that this NerdBastard can get behind because it involves two of my favorites. Markus said:
“I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the moment.”
Markus is referring to MODOK, the outrageously weird villain created by the cabal of mad scientists AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics). MODOK’s name is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. Stan, Jack, and all those early Marvel creaters loved acronyms, they were mad for them!
Markus also has his first choice for casting, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage:
“I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”
Markus went on to say:
”In this movie, the great thing is [the visual effects and makeup team] really pulled off the Red Skull. It doesn’t look like a mask. it looks like it’s fully integrated into his flesh. And I want to see what they can do with MODOK.”
This NerdBastard would love to see Dinkladge as MODOK in the next Captain America movie. He would nail it! Considering that Arnim Zola was in the first movie and lived through it, he could easily come back in the sequel and be tied into the creation of MODOK.
So before the first film is even released there is already talk of a Captain America sequel, geez! However, I know many of you out there aren’t shocked by this news. This is becoming an ever-so-prevalent trend in Hollywood today. In a recent interview the writers for Captain America: The First Avenger, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus talked and revealed the process behind the first film and plans for the second films and how Joss Whedon’s Avengers film will affect their character.
Commenting on whether or not their story was affected restricted or shaped by the larger Marvel Universe:
McFeely: Yeah, but it was never intrusive. You’re going to need a MacGuffin, so if it’s related to the Marvel Universe, that’s fine by us. We already had a villain, so if we wanted to also weave in Howard Stark it wasn’t that hard. Someone has to fill some of these beats.
Markus: We probably had the easiest jobs in terms of interweaving the universe of Marvel movies, because we’re chronologically first. We don’t have to pick up the threads from the other films.
On the Sequel:
Markus: We’re very early, still. This is the fun part — when we can say, “Hey, we can do this!” and everyone says, “Yeah!” No one says anything negative at this point in the process. We have a million great ideas and haven’t thrown any of them out yet. That being said, it’s sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there’s going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven’t shown. We’re going to have two entire timelines to play with.
McFeely: I wonder if the reaction to [“The First Avenger”] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well… Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there’s pressure to return there in a large way. But if they don’t embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there’s less pressure to do that — you can just keep him in the Avengers universe.
Lastly the two spoke about how the solo characters would work after the Avenger’s movie:
Markus: It’s weirdly the same opportunity that the Marvel comic book guys have been having the last however-many years. All of those Avengers characters have solo comic books. You have to say “Captain America was on vacation the day when that solo adventure happened,” or explain why Iron Man didn’t call all of his super-powered friends when he was fighting that guy. It’s a bizarre problem to have… It’s not really a problem, actually. [Laughs]
McFeely: I think [“Iron Man 3” director] Shane Black is the one with the first burden. He’s the one who has to handle the first post-“Avengers” movie.
So what do you guys think of all this news?! Will Chris Evans be enough of a presence on screen to shape the story of the second Captain America film? Because I think he certainly could be! Or is it just too soon to even be mentioning a sequel yet?
Captain America: The First Avenger, from director Joe Johnston comes our way July 22nd!