With just a few weeks left until Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits the silver screen on April 4, more interviews are surfacing with the cast and crew from the recent press junket, with the latest giving us more insight into the forthcoming Captain America 3. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote both Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, were asked what elements from the comics they're planning on including in the sequel, with Christopher Markus teasing that they plan to introduce a "psychotic 1950s Cap."
"We've definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know. Even more grounded than in the other MCU movies. And so it kind of rules out Cap fighting the Dinosaur Man or something like that. There are some that aren't gonna start and other ones that -- I mean there's a couple we're playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. Which we'll not reveal. All I'm saying is psychotic 1950s Cap."
Since Captain America: The First Avenger jumped from the 1940s to present day, it isn't quite clear how they plan on bringing this "psychotic 1950s Cap" into a story that is already rooted in the present.
There were a handful of comics that featured Cap fighting Communists in the 1950s, but they presented continuity problems. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby revived the character in the 1960s, they revealed Cap had been frozen in ice during World War II. In 1972, Steve Englehart resolved the issue with an arc that revealed a different man named William Burnside was given the super serum and takes over Cap's responsibilities, although the treatment has psychotic side effects, with Cap and his version of Bucky (William Munroe) attacking innocent people because of their race. They were eventually placed in suspended animation, but later revived in an attempt to kill The Falcon.
Stephen McFeely added there are some threads from the first two movies that they would like to revisit, as they continue to revisit the comics to search for more material.
"Oh yeah, you can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we've laid out there. And we always go back to the comics and dive back in and look at anything we've missed in the last few years that might be relevant."
When asked if they approach adapting a comic book like they would a traditional novel, in terms of picking elements from the comics while keeping the same tone, Stephen McFeely had this to say, revealing they weren't going to use the Cosmic Cube for Captain America: The Winter Soldier
"Exactly right! Like, you know, we kind of knew we're not gonna use the Cosmic Cube. We've been there, we've done that. He's not Russian exactly. He's not a Soviet experiment."
"We didn't want to bring back the Skull so soon... Let alone have him inside the head of somebody else. There were just some things that would be much tougher to do on screen as they are in the comic."
"I only said that because I think it's fairly clear he didn't die in that first movie but [frick]ed off into Wonderland."
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