Last week, we showed you new photos from Captain America: The Winter Soldier that debuted in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, along with new plot details from co-writer Christopher Markus and co-director Anthony Russo, who spoke about Steve Rogers' relationship with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the use of drones in the sequel. Today, we have even more from Empire, with star Chris Evans revealing this sequel is unlike anything Marvel Studios has ever made before. find out more about this WWII vet's adjustment to the modern world of 2014. Plus, Kevin Feige, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo go onto compare the sequel to the thrillers of the 1970s.
First up, Chris Evans talked about how the 1970s mentality fits the story.
"I don't think Marvel's ever done anything like this. The [Russo] brothers said right from the start that we were really doing a '70s thriller. And I think just Cap's abilities mesh well with that kind of genre. I mean, his powers are very meat and potatoes. Faster. Stronger. Punch. Kick. That works with those types of movies. It would be more difficult to put, say, Hulk in that kind of context."
The actor also revealed that this Marvel Phase Two adventure delves into Steve Rogers trying to adjust to life in the 21st Century.
"We really haven't explored his adjustment period. In The Avengers we had so many characters you have to address, you don't really have time to sit with any single one. In this movie there's a lot going on for Steve. He's trying to acclimatize to the modern world. I don't want to give too much away, but it's about trying to find how he fits. He's a man from the 1940s. He's just woken up. For everybody else, it's been a slow burn to get to where we are in 2014. But for him, suddenly there's the internet, cell phones and The Patriot Act. The technology's new to him and so is the access the government has to that technology."
He also talked about playing a superhero that doesn't have an eccentric personality.
"To be a good man is difficult. To be the best man you can be is even harder. Even though he doesn't choose to wear his baggage on his sleeve, I think that's his skill set. He doesn't moan. There is a depth to him. There are always new things to find. For the first film it was about the new body and responsibilities. Here we get to dive back in with that established. It feels really comfortable coming back to him."
Stephen McFeely, who co-wrote both 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier with Christopher Markus, talked about the challenges of bringing Steve Rogers into the modern world.
"We knew we were going to make the first film a period piece. That really appealed to us. It was the only way to make a Captain America movie that would not come off as ridiculous. A man does not decide to put on an American flag outfit in 2011, but he might in World War II. That was our initial problem with this movie. How do we make sense of him in the modern world? I mean, he's really Gary Cooper. The solution is kind of that the world changes in response to him. He is usually correct. In this one, we're dealing with the Cap after Marvel thawed him out in the '60s, the one whose values don't necessarily match ours. We went down a bunch of roads and kept coming back to this idea of a conspiracy movie. It's what's going to get the most out of the moral dilemma for the character. How does he fit in? How does he see where we've ended up? He hasn't experienced everything we've gone through to get to this point, where agendas are now really murky."
He also spoke about the villain, The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan.
"(The Winter Soldier is) a product of dubious, corrupt practices that don't make you feel good when you drag them into the light. Everything kept pointing to something like Three Days of the Condor."
Producer Kevin Feige agreed with the director's comparison to Three Days of the Condor, and other political thrillers from the 1970s.
"In our attempt to make all of our films feel unique and feel different we found ourselves going back to things like Condor. Also the other political thrillers of the '70s: The Parallax View, All the President's Men. This was a time that Cap existed in in the comics. He found himself in the swinging '60s followed by the Watergate era followed by the Reagan era followed by where we are today. In the comics it was a hell of a journey for Steve, And we couldn't take him through those years because in our cinematic universe he was asleep. But we wanted to force him to confront that kind of moral conundrum, something with that '70s flavor. And in our film that takes the form of S.H.I.E.L.D."
While director Joe Russo loved Marvel's idea of making it a thriller, he talked about how Marvel embraced their shift in tone from the first movie.
"We knew that they wanted a thriller, which was an idea we loved, but they have been incredibly supportive of how different in tone we've made this compared to the first film. I don't know that we'll ever work again with a company like this. Kevin is a uniquely creative executive producer. We've had the least amount of interference and the most amount of support that we've ever had on a movie. There are layers to this film. It makes the characters more interesting. I think when people see this film they'll realize how unique this Captain America franchise is. This is a radically different movie than the first."
"We've been studying it over and over in slow motion. Why is that car chase so effective? Because you care about who's in the car. The Conversation, Blow Out for a kind of tone, how sound design helps to build the paranoia. So we're building things into the back speakers that you kind of don't hear. We're both real fans of [Michael Mann's] Heat and the heist sequence in that, the vérité style."