My favourite movie of the summer? Easily Captain America: The First Avenger. It's more or less the Captain America movie I've been dreaming of ever since I stumbled across some comics in the early 90's and for a while he became my favourite Marvel superhero. What I loved most about Cap was the era he belonged too, World War II, just a crazy time in our recent history and perhaps the most bizarre thing about Cap lore was that he was fighting Nazi's before America was. The first Captain America issue with Steve Rogers knocking out Adolf Hitler on the cover hit stands in March 1941 almost two years before Pearl Harbour. Just unbelievable to think of that now with America's desire to pre-empt wars in recent years. Anyway politics aside, Captain America is an awesome film but I have two nitpicks with it, both of which are related. ONE - there was far too little of Bucky and the Howling Commandos and TWO - that as perfect as the ending was, it closed the WWII era of the character, which is a huge shame as that's my favourite version of Cap and we could have at least got two movies out of him in this period. I know Marvel needed to get Captain America into the modern day for The Avengers movie coming next May but it would have been nice if they left it a little more open for the possibility of returning to this era. So with the Captain America film out on Blu-ray in the U.S., addition has turned recently to the future of the character. Captain America screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have fuelled the discussion after talking to IFC this week about the progress of the sequel and that the way they wrote the original, they left it open so it could in theory they could return to the WWII era;
"So much of Captain America's adventures occur in the present day, so there are a lot of things I'd like to touch on. That said, we did leave the center section of 'Captain America' baggy enough to let him have adventures you didn't see . So, we kind of have enough room to play with ."
They also briefly hinted that they would be open to a Howling Commando's movie somewhere down the road, saying they would have loved to have done more with the characters if they had more time in their script;
"They're certainly cool, and in a different movie, we would've certainly had a little more 'Kelly Heroes' or 'Magnificent Seven". thing going on.(Talking about if they had more screen time) "It would've been like 'Inglourious Commandos." "Personally, I'm a big fan of that type of movie - the ne'er-do-wells banding together to fight a common cause. So I'm open to it, but... well... I'll just say I'm open to it."
SM - "I think it's safe for us to say that it's primarily set in the modern day. That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel. Most people know the story of Captain America as the story of this man out of time, and because The Avengers is such a big movie, and because Joss Whedon has so many moving pieces, we've been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, "What is all this? What's happened to the world" and so on."CM - "We made a movie where the world was in context for Steve Rogers. It was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he's in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white. So what do you do with that guy? How does he react to a much more uncertain time? So you're given this huge new palate to work with, but you can keep him the same."
It's that word 'primarily' that has had people wondering.... Could we see Bucky transformed into The Winter Soldier and perhaps an older Peggy Carter making an appearance and they get to have that dance after all? Surely that's gotta be the plan at some stage, especially the turn of Bucky into this Soviet Assassin, who similarly is frozen into the future; Of course we can't be sure just what a Captain America 2 will look like before we have seen The Avengers but Winter Solider has got to be an interesting contender as the villain in Captain America 2.