We know very little about Captain America 3 aside from its release date (May 6, 2016), as Marvel Studios is focusing on Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man before returning to Cap. However, Captain America: Winter Soldier brother directing team Joe and Anthony Russo recently let slip a few details about what to expect of Steve Rogers’ and the Winter Soldier’s adventures in a post-S.H.I.E.L.D. world.
After taking a break to direct a few episodes of ABC’s Agent Carter, the Russos will return their attention to Steve and Bucky. Captain America 3 will take place “a couple of years” after Winter Soldier; no word if we’ll jump right in once the Winter Soldier (last seen catching up on his history at the museum) has tracked down Steve, or if that will be part of the plot. Of course, that doesn’t take into account any shifts that may occur because of Age of Ultron, either.
Though this movie looks to be an angstfest of the highest order, filled with puppy-dog eyes and regained memories and old and new bromances (let’s not forget Falcon), it will carry the politics throughline established in the second film. “The character was invented for an explicitly political purpose,” Anthony Russo told Yahoo! “So it’s hard to get away from that nature.” Joe clarified that they don’t want to make Cap too disillusioned: “His morality is part of his superpower.”
We’ll see how that morality holds up now that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been disbanded. Then again, he will have had a few years to cope. The final hint the Russos would give is that they’re “bringing some new elements to the table that will give us a twist on Winter Soldier.” Yahoo! posits that that could be Cap turning over his shield to Falcon, to mirror the latest development in the comics. (Or Rodgers dying and Bucky taking up the mantle, which has also happened.) But it would be awfully early for Falcon to take on a new identity, and Chris Evans is still contracted to be cap through Avengers 3.
The last we’d heard about Captain America 3’s plot was a March interview with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, where Markus joked (?) about pulling from various influences including “psychotic 1950s Cap.” Here’s hoping they bundle in Captain America: The Musical Cap, as well.
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