Captain America Screenwriter Discusses Sequel Possibilities
Posted 06.22.11 by Ryan
Back in February, Marvel Studios hired Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus to pen a Captain America sequel, five months before First Avenger is released. Like most comic book movie franchises, establishing a sequel is important to maintain momentum, if the box office receipts reveal there is any.
Unlike the modern-day settings of Iron Man and Thor, Marvel's other summer comic book adaptation, First Avenger takes place in the past, as a young, scrawny Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) joins the Super Soldier program in order to get a chance to fight in World War II. Like his comic book origins, Cap will eventually be frozen in a block of ice and thawed in the present day (or so Evans revealed in April), finding himself a part of The Avengers, which is currently shooting.
An easily made assumption is that Captain America 2 will see Cap again adapting to the modern world. While this may be true, McFeely told Screen Junkies that a World War II setting shouldn't be ruled out as well.
Well, our hope is that there is room [to go back to World War II] and we're negotiating how to do that now. The story will likely be in the present day. We're experimenting with flashback elements for more period World War II stuff. I can't say much more than that but we made [First Avenger] baggy enough to refer to more stories in the past. He had more adventures than just the one you're going to see in the movie.
When asked about the sequel's villain, McFeely responded, "I will pass that question," but did reveal that he and Markus are "talking and passing stuff back and forth all the time" with Marvel.
The First Avenger cast includes Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Sebastian Stan as James "Bucky" Barnes, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, and Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine. Directed by Joe Johnston, the movie is based on the classic Marvel Comics character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941.
Next Showing: Captain America: The First Avenger
opens July 22