Captain America Concept Art Gives Us First Full Look At The Winter Soldier
Forgive us for looking ahead. Thatís what we do in the movie-news business, particularly when it comes to Marvel and their massive movies. While the studio preps Iron Man 3 for release, weíre eagerly jumping to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which recently began shooting. Entertainment Weekly (via ComicBookMovie) has quotes from Marvel President Kevin Feige on the design of The Winter Soldier, as well as concept art of what the new/old villain will look like in the standalone Cap sequel (seen above).
Feige spoke about Captain Americaís need to remain with S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of The Avengers, saying:
"Cap does stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has nowhere else to go. But he's not necessarily comfortable there. As you might imagine, somebody whoís spent 70 years in ice, frozen, wakes up and has to fight a bunch of aliens with a bunch of weirdos -- he is trying to figure out what his life is. And just as he's given permission to let go of the past and to focus on the modern world, a ghost comes up.
You might be wondering why Winter Soldier is holding Capís shield in the concept art. Weíre wondering that, as well. If you didnít know, the Winter Soldier is Capís old partner, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who allegedly died in The First Avenger but, apparently survived. The imagery in the concept art calls to mind components from the comics when Bucky assumed the identity of Captain America in a storyline too convoluted to spell out here Ö and one that likely will not be resurrected for The Winter Solider.
Outside of that, I do like Buckyís look in the art. The Winter Solider always sported longer hair, and the goggles-and-mask combination gives him a menacing glare. The gun looks like a sniper rifle, which plays into the characterís comic roots as a trained assassin working for the Russians. All in all, the image is great.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues Marvelís Phase Two, which begins with Iron Man 3 this weekend. It sounds like Steve Rogers, much like Tony Stark, will have some psychological baggage after the events of The Avengers Ö and heíll also have a few physical threats to contend with as well.
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