It sounds like there is going to be a big shake-up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to what happens in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We've already heard the ending will lead into Avengers: Age of Ultron, but thanks to /Film we've learned that what happens in The Winter Soldier will have huge ramifications for the rest of the universe. Nothing is revealed about what those changes are, but everyone seems very excited about it. They definitely tease what we will see, but there are no spoilers here, so you're safe.
Let's start out with what Captain America series co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely had to say:
"We are really excited about this, because it really is its own thing and we leave the world in a certain place, so that Avengers 2 has to acknowledge that and move on, but it’s not like any arrows are being taken out of our quiver."
His screenwriting partner Christopher Markus tells the site that it does not leave the movie on a cliffhanger though, so that will be nice. It's always good to get some closure on the movies you watch. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke about the continuity of the Marvel movies, where The Winter Soldier fits in, and the ending:
"It is smack dab between Avengers and Avengers 2. It takes place after both Thor and Iron Man. So it’s sort of the continuity of the release of the film is the continuity of the film as well. Which was sort of the case with the first phase one films but it was a little trickier. But this very much, you know, the ramifications at the end of this film go directly into Avengers 2. Much more so than the other films."
Things start to get a little more interesting when directors Anthony and Joe Russo start to talk about the movie. Below is a quote from Joe Russo, who talks about the evolution of the script, and teases a monumental idea:
"The initial story arc is there. We did a lot of work just putting it in a voice. We edged it up a lot more and came up with a lot of set pieces. It’s based on our love of 70s set pieces, which have a certain length to them, there’s a journey that you go on when you watch them. They’re story-based. There’s something at stake for four-and-a-half minutes that you’re going, “Holy shit! What’s gonna happen here?” We just did a reworking in that regard, but they had a really excellent construct to the script that was really sound, where it was going, a very big idea that they’re exploring in the third act of this movie. It’s a sort of, you know, monumental idea for the MCU."
I love the idea of a monumental idea for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Everything has been so big already for what they've done, but the fact that it will impact everything is pretty awesome. Russo goes on to add:
"Yes, it impacts everything. That has always been there. So it was easier to do the script work because it had such a clear spine to it, such a strong spine. They were already playing with the themes we wanted to push into more. I relate to those themes of Cap, the loneliness that he feels and the sense of isolation that he has, that makes him an extremely endearing character, so we wanted to push those as far as we could."
I have no idea how The Winter Solider is going to end, but I'm excited as hell to see what they've done! Marvel fans aren't going to want to miss this!