First Official Image From Captain America Sequel

By bill - April 11, 2013

cap-america-2-featThe new Captain America movie started filming this week, and we get a first image… along with some interesting new details about the sequel.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier started filming earlier this week, and Marvel has released the image above to commemorate the occasion.  They also sent out a new press release, which has a few bits of interest regarding the new movie.

The synopsis reads like this:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

More than likely, the “shadowy enemy” is a reference to the Winter Soldier (AKA Cap’s old war buddy Bucky Barnes), although based on the comic series, that could be a reference to General Aleksander Lukin, the villainous CEO of Roxxon who becomes possessed by the disembodied Red Skull.  There’s been no confirmation that Lukin or the Skull will appear in the new movie, but he’s a fairly focal point of the comic and having Red Skull inhabiting a new body would be the perfect work-around for the not-returning Hugo Weaving.

Also of interest– both Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) and Sam Wilson (The Falcon) are referred to by their code names in the release… but new villains Crossbones and Batroc only get their civilian titles.  Batroc’s real name is Georges Batroc, so no big deal there, but I’d be a little disappointed if Crossbones doesn’t get his villain name or skull mask during the movie.  Crossbones has typically looked cooler than he is as a character, so taking that aspect away from his movie version could leave him falling flat.

The biggest thing, though, is the reveal of Robert Redford’s mysterious senior SHIELD leader.  Redford will play Alexander Pierce, a SHIELD agent who featured into the “Nick Fury vs. SHIELD” storyline in the comics.  Pierce was Fury’s sole ally within the spy organization when it was taken over by Deltites (AKA Life Model Decoys, which were jokingly hinted at in The Avengers).  It’s way too early to tell how much of the comic character will be adapted for the film, but considering in the comic he’s a SHIELD accountant and here a senior leader, I’m assuming it will be fairly liberal.

I feel like I’m in the minority, but I really, really liked the first Cap movie, and I think the Winter Soldier saga is a fantastic direction for this sequel.  They’ve built another great cast, Chris Evans won lots of admiration after Avengers, and I have truly high hopes for Steve Rogers’ second big screen outing.

Here’s the full press release, courtesy of Disney:

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON 2nd INSTALLMENT OF THE
ICONIC FRANCHISE “CAPTAIN AMERICA”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Commences Principal Photography
In Preparation for April 4, 2014 Film Release

BURBANK, Calif. (April 8, 2013) – Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.


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