Marvel Announces Captain America 2 for 2014
Posted 04.05.12 by Ryan
Last August, Marvel Entertainment announced the release dates for two, mysterious untitled movies, one that would open on April 4th, and the other on May 16th. It was speculated by every website on the world wide web (including us) that Captain America 2 was likely for at least one of the two dates. So, it was no surprise when Marvel officially announced today that Captain America 2 would fill the April 4th release date.
The move keeps with Marvel's release pattern, which, in its brief history so far has been: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America. 2013 will see the release of Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, with Captain America 2 following in 2014. Whatever Marvel decides to put into that May 16th slot could break the pattern, even if it ends up being The Incredible Hulk 2.
Despite the fact that Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus have been hired to write a sequel since last February, Marvel did not reveal many plot details in their announcement other than to say that Captain America 2 will follow the events of next month's The Avengers and will likely take place in the present day "as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world."
While some might consider it a spoiler to know that Cap (Chris Evans) will survive the events of The Avengers, the fact that Cap will be surrounded by members of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes as no surprise to comic book fans or to those that read recent comments by Marvel president of production Kevin Feige, who said that "S.H.I.E.L.D. would be most relevant in a Cap sequel." McFeely and Markus have also stated that they would like to include Cap's supporting cast in the sequel, which includes S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent 13 Sharon Carter and the Falcon. Still, knowing that Samuel L. Jackson could have a larger role in Captain America 2 is a surprising notion, and that could leave the door open for Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders) to make appearances as well.
Marvel still seems undecided on a director, even after recently narrowing the field of contenders to F. Gary Gray (Italian Job), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and, Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me and Dupree, TV shows Community and Arrested Development). Reportedly, the Russo Brothers have a strong chance at landing the job, though, clearly, Marvel has not made up their mind or would have included the director(s) in their announcement about Captain America 2.
It will be Evans' third outing as America's Super Solider, with the actor under contract for at least 3 more movies.