CAPTAIN AMERICA Screenwriters Confirm Sequel and talk about Post-Avengers Plans
Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus recently confirmed in an interview that there are plans for a Captain America sequel. This isn't surprising, I think we all knew we would end up seeing more that one Captain America film, but the do talk about the setting of the sequel as well as how The Avengers will effect future solo character Marvel films.
The first question asked was, When you writing The First Avenger, did you need for a greater Marvel movie landscape shape your story at all?
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.
When asked if the they were working on a sequel, McFeely said "Yes!" The two then go on to talk about the story, and whether it will focus on more WWII adventures or the present day.
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.
They go on to talk about how all of the present day Marvel character solo movies will work alongside each other after The Avengers:
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.
As awesome as Thor looks, I'm looking forward to seeing Captain America even more. This is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and the movie looks like it's going to be awesome! It will be cool to see how they go about making a sequel after The Avengers.
The film stars Chris Evans as Captain America, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones as Col. Chester Phillips, Stanley Tucci as Abraham Erskine and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, and it will be released on July 22nd 2011 in 3D.