Captain America: The First Avenger was one of my favorite films of the summer, I loved it. It was just a really fun movie, and It was great seeing one of my favorite Marvel characters up on the big screen taking on the Red Skull durring WWII, it's seriously everything I hoped it would be. The next time we will see the All American Hero is in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers in which he will most likely be leading the team into glorious battle against an alien menace and Loki. The question is what happens after that?
According to the films screenwriters Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, the Captain America sequel may end up revisiting the character’s past. They wanted to make sure that the film’s sequel features some classic war-time action in the 1940’s and some of it take place in the modern day.
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.
In discussing a movie full of 1940s action, Markus obviously admitted,
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.
The writing team also talked about exploring some of the other comic book character’s supporting cast, such as Sharon Carter (a present-day relative of the first film’s Peggy Carter) and The Falcon, which would be awesome to see! Markus went on to say,
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.
I loved that they are looking at bringing these two characters in the film, I was hoping we would eventually see it. They went on to say what they did in preparation for writing the script for the sequel, and there excitement in being able to do it.
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 like the direction they are taking this in, I'm curious to see how they will end up taking the story back to the 1940's. I guess there is room in there to show some stuff that we didn't see in the first film. After all there was a pretty solid action battle montage that helped pass time in the movie. A lot more could have happened. We'll eventually find out.
What do you think of what the screenwriters are looking at doing with the sequel?