Over the weekend, Disney fans from all over the globe gathered in Anaheim for the annual D23 Expo, the House of Mouse’s version of Comic-Con. All the branches of the Walt’s family tree were proudly on display at the convention center, including Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Marvel. While there were no huge announcements made on the Marvel side of things, a few things managed to slip out about ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ straight from the Sentinel of Liberty’s mouth.
First, Collider managed to snag an extended video interview with Chris Evans at D23. In the interview, he talked about a number of topics including Hayley Atwell/Peggy Carter and her involvement in the movie, Cap’s partnership with Black Widow, and Tom Hiddleston’s appearance at SDCC as Loki. But during the interview, he revealed that ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (a title that Evans had no knowledge of until Joss Whedon announced it) is set to start filming in March 2014. So despite being kept in the dark about story details for the sequel to ‘The Avengers’, at least he knows when production is currently set to start. You can see the full video interview below:
Next, a new synopsis for the follow up to ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ has been released. This new description goes into more detail about where Steve Rogers has been since the Chitauri attack on New York City and what he’ll be getting into in his next feature. You can read the new blurb below courtesy of Comic Book Movie:
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Finally, as a little bonus that may not seem related to this article at all but actually is, Disney Legend Alan Menken was on hand at the Expo to give the crowd a once in a lifetime concert featuring his many, many hits from various Disney movies throughout his career ranging from ‘The Little Mermaid’ to ‘Tangled’ during the Disney Songbook concert with Richard Sherman. But some may not know that Menken composed the original song “Star Spangled Man” along with David Zippel for the first Cap film. That’s why he included the song in his set in front of the crowd at this year’s D23. You can check out footage of the performance below:
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, and Emily VanCamp hits theaters on April 4, 2014.