Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set to debut on Blu-ray today, and to celebrate, directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are continuing to make the press rounds in support of the release. Today, they reveal that the title of Captain America 3 has been planned for years, and that the storyline will once again greatly alter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Joe and Anthony Russo claim that Captain America 3 will be balanced on a pivotal moment on par with the discovery that H.Y.D.R.A. has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and that the implications will have a profound ripple effect on all future movies that come in its wake, starting with Marvel Phase Three and continuing into Phase Four.
The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Captain America 2 was the fall of Hydra. Similarly there is a very, very big idea at the center of Captain America 3. But how we get there is all up to us. And I think why Marvel has been so successful is because it's been such a clear plan, that everything is interconnected and they're building emotional capital with each movie that you can then trade off of in the next film."
They continued, revealing that Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige has had the title for Captain America 3 planned out for almost a decade.
"If you've been talking to Kevin Feige, the title has been in place probably for ten years in his brain. It's all part of the road map that he's laid out, and it's all part of the bigger plan.
I think the way Kevin does it is there are big pieces that he knows he wants to build towards, but the way that you get there is open to interpretation and improv a little bit. That's defined by who gets involved with the project, the writers and directors involved in the project."
While the title might have been planned out for the past couple of years, that doesn't mean the Russo don't have control over the characters and the overall plot.
"All that stuff is open for interpretation. Usually it's just one big idea that alters the universe as a whole in some way, that has interconnectedness that he's grabbed on to. That's the case with Captain America 3, but as far as villain and story arc and tone, all that stuff is left up to us."
Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are quite ecstatic about the most recent draft of the Captain America 3 screenplay handed in by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. While they wouldn't comment any further on the inclusion of Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye in the impending sequel, they do promise there will be a lot more of Anthony Mackie as The Falcon.