Captain America 3 Screenwriters Address Changing Who Holds The Shield

captain america winter soldierIn an interview with SFX magazineChristopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, screenwriters of Captain America: The Winter Soldier talked about both the recent film and the upcoming third installment which they are currently working on.

Asked if it was a conscious effort to make the film a political thriller or if it just happened naturally, Markus said:

I think it's more the latter. I know at some point Kevin Feige suggested "Well, why don't we just take down SHIELD? And have Cap have a hand in it?" He's one man versus this giant organisation – you're not going to have him drive in with a tank so there's going to be some underhandedness. And suddenly it begins to suggest a political conspiracy. If you put that 1940s man into present day geo-politics everything is going to seem like a conspiracy. It's just going to seem dirty and underhanded and shifty, and people won't be telling the truth. I have a tendency to believe that it was exactly the same way in 1945 but it's not how we view it. It becomes a political conspiracy simply by putting 1945 Steve Rogers in present day America.

And if that tone would carry over to the next film, McFeely replied:

When we hit upon the Brubaker run of the comic book, we all said that, with certain exceptions,that's the tone of Cap's modern franchise. And you can imagine that with us back, with the Russos back, then if you like Winter Soldier you'll hopefully like the third one, if we do it right!

When asked if there were other characters they had wanted to get into the movie like they had with Batroc and Sharon Carter but couldn't, Markus answered:

I don't know if there's anybody that we had in the wings that we couldn't pull off. There are people that I'm always wanting to bring in. I want to put Modok into something, but you can't just drop a giant floating head in! It's not like "Oh, we have to go talk to this guy – there's something I should tell you about him first…" [laughs]. Suddenly the whole movie needs to take on that structure in order to accommodate him. I never win that fight!

And when asked about the idea of The Falcon taking over as Captain America in the films as it now in the comics, Markus said:

I think the movies can accommodate almost anything, if there's a need. I think there is a much greater need to shake things up in the comics because that's a narrative that's been going on for 60 or 70 years, so you're going to wind up having to do things to it. Ours has only been off the ground for five or so. So it's not quite time to start changing things up yet. Plus I can't figure out how he's going to have the wings and the shield at the same time. Isn't it going to get all crammed up on the wing? I don't know… When those things happen in the comics you also have a tendency, perhaps cynically, to go "Yeah, but he's going to be Steve Rogers in two months…" He's going to wake up out of cryo-stasis or whatever it is and it's going to be like "Oh, I need the shield back". [laughs].

Could that mean no Bucky taking over as Cap as many have speculated? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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