Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available on VOD and will soon debut on Blu-ray September 9. Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are currently engaged in a press tour for the home release, and they are being bombarded with questions about the impending 2016 premiere of Captain America 3, which they are confirmed to direct. Speaking with Cinema Blend, Joe Russo named dropped the epic Marvel storyline Secret Wars, teasing that Captain America 3 might bring in a lot more Marvel superheroes than we think.

/captain-america-3-hawkeye/Yesterday, Jeremy Renner let it slip that Hawkeye may be showing up in Captain America 3. Joe Russo doesn't dispute that, but sounds bored by the idea after setting Black Widow up as a main character in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He actually wants to bring in a couple of characters from Marvel franchises set up at other studios. While he doesn't name anyone in particular, he does go onto hint that Secret Wars is a possibility, though it would be incredibly hard to orchestrate.

Asked if Hawkeye will return, the director hinted at much grander plans:

"That's such a hard question because we've kind of already done that. Do they have to be under contract with Marvel? Maybe they are at another studio. Listen, when I started collecting, The Secret Wars was one of the first books I ever bought, so that's always been an obsession of mine to see something of that scale done - a crossover. I don't know if that would ever be possible, with all the different situations at the studios. But I would love to see a lot of characters on screen together."

So, does this mean Spider-Man, who resides at Sony, or Wolverine, who's at Fox, might be dropping in on Captain America 3? That seems like a stunt that could happen if the sequel was still going up against Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But DC Comics has moved their blockbuster out of the way of Captain America 3.

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In a separate interview, he continued talking about which characters might or might not come back, saying that the return of Bucky Barnes seems like a given.

"From a character standpoint, it falls into the category of what you can and can't say working for Marvel. Certainly Captain America will be back. The expectation would be that Bucky will be back and there's certain characters in the Marvel Universe that Cap has a strong connection to but we've also got some tricks up our sleeve for this one an we're hard at work. That's a very crowded summer and there's high expectations so we're all hard at work trying to exceed those expectations and really carve out a big, splashy idea for Captain America 3."

He then goes onto confirm that most of the crew from Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be returning.

"From a crew standpoint, it's almost everybody. "[Composer] Henry Jackman's back, our whole technical crew for the most part is back. We're Italian; we love a big happy family. We love consistency and a lot of people did a great job on the last movie."

Is bringing in a Marvel character from a competing studio a pipe dream? Or will it become a reality in Captain America 3? And how do you want to see going up against Cap more: Spidey or Wolverine?

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