The success of Guardians should allow Cap 3 to get a little strange.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned several raves for its ability to stay grounded, to mirror the socio-political dramas of the 1970s. But the smash-hit success of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy proved to Marvel that the audience is willing to stretch its audience and go along for the ride, where a talking raccoon fires machine guns and one hero looks like a tree. Will that free up Joe and Anthony Russo to get weird with Captain America 3?

"We still think of Cap… what makes him special, in the Marvel universe, is that he lends himself to that grounding," Anthony Russo told us. "At least compared to the other characters who have come down through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So there is a special quality – Cap shines brightest in that tone. At the same time, the success of the brand certainly allows us to make more experiments and to try certain things. Even if we are staying true to that tone. So right now, we’re trying to keep pushing the boundaries of what we are able to do with the narrative and the style, to see where people will go with us."

"More than anything," Joe continued, "the success of Guardians taught us that we can take more chances. We can be riskier."

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