Marvel Narrows Search for Captain America 2 Director; Producer Discusses Potential S.H.I.E.L.D. Involvement
04.03.12 by Ryan
The potential success or failure of Marvel's upcoming superhero movie The Avengers will have a big impact on the studio's "Cinematic Universe." In 2013 the sequels Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 arrive, and 2014 will see the release of Marvel's two "mystery movies," with "Marvel Untitled 1" opening on May 16th and "Marvel Untitled 2" opening on April 4th. Captain America 2 seems a likely choice for either slot, with title star Chris Evans admitting last September that Marvel "may wait until 2014" for Cap 2. Now, with Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus at work penning the sequel, it looks like Marvel has also reportedly trimmed down their director wishlist from ten to three or four.
According to Vulture, Marvel is deciding between F. Gary Gray (Italian Job), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and, curiously, Anthony and Joe Russo, who have toiled mostly in TV sitcoms like Community and Arrested Development since directing the 2006 comedy You, Me and Dupree. The Russo Brothers are looking to switch genres, however, having already lined up their first action movie with the Dwayne Johnson-starring Ciudad, based on an upcoming graphic novel co-written by the Russos. Reportedly, the sibling writer-directors have as good a chance as any to land the gig after a successful meeting with Marvel president of productionKevin Feige.
"Kevin is a 'vibe guy,'" a source told Vulture. "He likes to see if he gets along with people before he’ll decide about spending the next two years with them. And apparently, they hit it off with Kevin in the room."
A directorial decision is reportedly coming in mid-April, and perhaps then Marvel will officially move forward with Cap 2. Plot details are slim on the sequel, though McFeely and Markus have claimed that they would like to utilize Cap's supporting cast, including the Falcon and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent 13 Sharon Carter. In a set visit interview with SlashFilm, Feige claimed that S.H.I.E.L.D. characters could end up in Captain America 2.
Frankly, I think SHIELD would be most relevant in a Cap sequel, because Thor has nine worlds to traverse and many, many supporting players and Iron Man has his supporting cast and many villains and plotlines to go through and Steve in the modern world sorta doesn’t have an anchor necessarily and the anchor we’re establishing in this one is SHIELD. It’s early days on Cap 2, nobody’s counting those chickens yet, but maybe there’s some connection there.
Feige has also previously teased that S.H.I.E.L.D. could "be it's own franchise," which might mean more action for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders). Marvel is clearly angling for all of their characters to get their own franchises, which just might happen once The Avengers opens.