Marvel is already moving forward with Captain America 3 and sequel directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be back to bring it to us. It looks like Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely know a little bit about where the third film will be headed, and in a recent interview with Den of Geek they threw out a couple of hints as to what the story might involve. As expected, it sounds like they will adapt another comic book story arc. Here's what McFeely had to say,
"Oh yeah, you can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there, and we always go back to the comics and dive back in and look at anything we’ve missed in the last few years that might be relevant."
"We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know. Even more grounded than in the other MCU movies. And so it kind of rules out Cap fighting the Dinosaur Man or something like that. There are some that aren’t gonna start and other ones that -- I mean there’s a couple we’re playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. Which we'll not reveal."
After he was pressed a little further he revealed this cool little tidbit,
"All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap."
That definitely sounds like it will be interesting, and I will get into the details on that below. When they were asked if they approach adapting a comic story in the sense of a novel, taking the elements that will work on screen and keeping it faithful to the tone and the spirit McFeely answered,
"Exactly right! Like, you know, we kind of knew we’re not gonna use the Cosmic Cube. We’ve been there, we’ve done that. He’s not Russian exactly. He’s not a Soviet experiment."
That discussion then led into Red Skull and Markus added,
"We didn’t want to bring back the Skull so soon... Let alone have him inside the head of somebody else."
McFeely went on to say,
"There were just some things that would be much tougher to do on screen as they are in the comic. But yeah, it is a matter of being really respectful to the tone and the spirit of it without necessarily having to duplicate the exact details."
When asked about his Red Skull comment, and whether it was hint at the Captain America 3 villain Markus responded,
"(laughs) I only said that because I think it’s fairly clear he didn’t die in that first movie but [frick]ed off into Wonderland."
It's going to be really interesting to see where they take Captain America 3, especially after whatever happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron and the rest of the Marvel cinematic universe. It's also so damn exciting to watch unfold and think about though! It would be pretty cool to see Red Skull come back and a story centered around a psychotic 1950s Cap.
In case you're not familiar with that whole thing, Captain America was fighting communists in several comic books throughout the 1950s. This created continuity issues when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought Captain America into the 1960s by saying that he was frozen in ice during World War II.
The problem was basically ignored until 1972 when Steve Englehart decided to resolve it. He came up with a storyline revealing that a different man went through treatment to try and replicate the effects of Dr. Erskine’s super soldier serum on Steve Rogers. That man gained Captain America’s abilities, and takes on both the private and public personas of Captain America. He even legally changing his name to Steve Rogers even though his real name was William Burnside.
The treatment he underwent though had some side effects, and made him kind of crazy. He started attacking innocent people because of their race. He's eventually placed in suspended animation with his crazy sidekick, but eventually revived to try to kill the Falcon. He's also again revived again and brainwashed by a character named Doctor Faustus into becoming The Grand Director, who is the leader of a Neo-Nazi army.
You can read more about the character here, but it definitely sounds like it would make for a very interesting story arc.