‘Captain America 3’ is still a few years off, so the film is only in the most embryonic of phases, but Anthony Russo, who co-directed the smash ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is expected to return for the third installment and briefly spoke about what the creators are planning for the future.

Russo did tease, “I can’t divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think fans are going to freak out when they hear about it.”  Earlier, it was hinted by Jeremy Renner that his character Hawkeye might be appearing, along the same lines as the way Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow essentially co-starred in ‘The Winter Soldier’, further developing her character.

While the first Cap movie was an origin story, ‘The Winter Soldier’ drew specifically from Ed Brubaker’s fairly recent run, which revived Cap’s long-deceased partner Bucky Barnes as the assassin The Winter Soldier.  Expect further installments to further rely on more modern comics, versus Golden and Silver Age tales.

“We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with ‘The Winter Soldier’, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he’s capable of. That’s about as specific as I can get about where we might take him.”

In a separate interview, Russo was asked if the role of Captain America might be handed off to a different actor/character.  After some hesitation, he replied:

“I will say this: yes, for satisfying storytelling, you want a beginning, middle and end. That’s the natural arc that we all thrive off of in narrative… The great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters.  As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern.”

Does that mean Sebastian Stan‘s Winter Soldier or Anthony Mackie‘s Sam Wilson/The Falcon could take on the red, white and blue uniform?  In the comics, The Winter Soldier served as Captain America when Steve Rogers was “dead” following ‘Civil War’ and Wilson is slated to adopt the role now that Steve Rogers’ Super Soldier Serum has worn off and he’s aged to his real maturity.  (Stan, by the way, is signed on for NINE movies for Marvel.)

Personally, Chris Evans brings so much heart and earnestness to the role of the man out of time, Steve Rogers.  It’s hard to think of anyone stepping into his combat boots and doing the part justice.  It’s already rumored that ‘The Age of Ultron’ will be our last dose of Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man.  Are these roles that can be handed off like a baton?  It hasn’t worked so well for Spider-Man, but guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter