In an interview with Collider (via Comic Book Movie), Dominic Cooper, who played the genius father of Iron Man, Howard Stark, in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, revealed that he hasn’t gotten a call from Marvel yet about reprising his role. The British actor had this to say about returning:

“I just don’t know. That one probably, because I’m the father, the next one I imagine will come later. But you never know, anything can happen to any of the characters at any time. They’re like the comics. But I don’t know. They’re incredible projects.”

Cooper goes on to talk about the pressures of playing a comic book character. He says:

“I didn’t really grow up with the comics. But I had friends that were, and now I can sort of see the pleasures of them and how creative they are. When you work with people who are so passionate about their product it’s kinda inspiring. They start rambling on to you about, ‘Oh, you know, when you’re character in comic book 42, the emperor turns – ‘ and you just sit there nodding your head. But you’re amazing by their excitement, and it’s totally inspiring, although deeply worrying because you know you have a lot of people who have very, very clear views and ideas on how they perceive the characters.”

Previously, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Cap 2 would be a modern story with World War II flashbacks, so a cameo wouldn’t be completely out of the question. Hopefully, the brotherly duo from ‘Community’ and ‘You, Me, And Dupree’ Anthony and Joe Russo, who will be directing Captain America’s next big screen outing, will make that happen. And while they’re at it, they need to grant appearances to Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandoes as well. Maybe they could even show Nick Fury’s father, who has ties to the Commandoes, taking over leadership of the group after Cap’s “death”.

‘Captain America 2’ is scheduled for theatrical release on April 4, 2014

What do you think about Howard Stark’s potential absence from ‘Captain America 2’? Do you think that he should definitely come back or, since it’s a modern story, would you rather see more Steve and Tony interaction? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.