We already know that ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘ would directly affect ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and to some extent ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’, but now we’re finding out a bit more on exactly how that will be from the lips of the series co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely.
According to McFeely expanded on the connection by saying that everyone is “really excited about this, because it really is its own thing and we leave the world in a certain place, so that ‘Avengers 2’ has to acknowledge that and move on, but it’s not like any arrows are being taken out of our quiver.” Writing partner Christopher Markus (‘Thor: The Dark World‘) quickly added that fans don’t have to worry because ‘Captain America: The Winter Solider is not a cliff-hanger.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige weighed in as well stating:
“It is smack dab between Avengers and Avengers 2. It takes place after both Thor and Iron Man. So it’s sort of the continuity of the release of the film is the continuity of the film as well. Which was sort of the case with the first phase one films but it was a little trickier. But this very much, you know, the ramifications at the end of this film go directly into Avengers 2. Much more so than the other films.”
Clearly Feige is not just talking about S.H.I.E.L.D. getting a new base. I wonder if this is going to leave Fury on the outs with The Avengers or possibly running on his own team with The Avengers and the government not seeing eye to eye as seen in ‘The Ultimates’ storylines.
None of that matters though when you take in the best quotes by directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Apparently something they are throwing into the third act itself is a momumental idea for the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“The initial story arc is there. We did a lot of work just putting it in a voice. We edged it up a lot more and came up with a lot of set pieces. It’s based on our love of 70s set pieces, which have a certain length to them, there’s a journey that you go on when you watch them. They’re story-based. There’s something at stake for four-and-a-half minutes that you’re going, “Holy shit! What’s gonna happen here?” We just did a reworking in that regard, but they had a really excellent construct to the script that was really sound, where it was going, a very big idea that they’re exploring in the third act of this movie. It’s a sort of, you know, monumental idea for the MCU.
It impacts everything. That has always been there. So it was easier to do the script work because it had such a clear spine to it, such a strong spine. They were already playing with the themes we wanted to push into more. I relate to those themes of Cap, the loneliness that he feels and the sense of isolation that he has, that makes him an extremely endearing character, so we wanted to push those as far as we could.”
What concept could be so monumental? It’s clearly something that will be big, but how big? What do you think they are teasing at fellow Marvel fans? Share your thoughts below!
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders , Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, Hayley Atwell and Robert Redford. The film will be released in theaters on March 26th in the UK and on April 4 in the US.