Captain America 2 – Sequel Plans26.07.11 # Sequel # 103 Comments
There’s been some Captain America 2 talk over recent days, so what has been said and how likely is a sequel?
Captain America: The First Avenger is a hit at the box office. It was the last superhero movie of the summer but opened with the largest attendence, and $65.8m. Compare that to Green Lantern’s $53.2m and X-Men: First Class’s $55.1m, and while Thor took $65.7m that had the benefit of more 3D screens with inflated prices. Audiences gave Cap an A- CinemaScore.
Sequel-wise, let’s start by stating the obvious – Captain America will be back in The Avengers next summer, the teaser trailer for which was after the credits of The First Avenger. But so far as a standalone Captain America 2 goes, Marvel hired the screenwriters of the original to start putting the first treatment together as long ago as February.
When Chris Evans signed on, it was for six movies. The implication was three Captain America movies, and three Avengers movies, though it may include a couple of cameos. Marvel went for an actor of relatively low cost and fame precisely because they needed someone who would have little to lose by commiting to such a long term strategy.
Director Joe Johnston has said he would like to come back if the follow up script is “as unique as the first…and there’s a very good chance it will be.”
Marvel have said they will release Captain America 2 after Iron Man 3, which would put it in mid-summer 2013, or 2014.
The big unanswered questions involve timeline and villain. On when the sequel will be set, the writers had this to say a couple of weeks ago: “The story will likely be in the present day. We’re experimenting with flashback elements for more period World War II stuff. We made it baggy enough to refer to more stories in the past.” Meaning they left deliberate gaps in the narrative of the first movie to make jumping back to WW2 to follow other Cap adventures easy. “What’s always separated Cap from all the other comic book heroes is that things that have affected him in the past sometimes crop up in the present, whether that’s emotionally, whether that’s an actual villain or a MacGuffin or whatever.”
Joe Johnston is mentioning the Winter Soldier in every interview he gives at the moment, suggesting either he’ll be a character in the sequel, or be developed into a spin-off movie. The Winter Soldier is Bucky, taken by the Soviets when he was left for dead, brainwashed, given a bionic arm and kept in cryogenic sleep between assassination missions – which explains how he gets to the present day looking youthful.
Update April 2012: The sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger will be released on April 4, 2014. Marvel says, “The second installment will pick-up where The Avengers leaves off, 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.”
What would you like to see happen in a Captain America sequel? Which time period should it be set in? Which new characters should they add? Who should be the villains? Leave your thoughts in the comments.