With each new film from Marvel Studios, the world of comic book movies becomes all the more interesting and complex. Building an impressive, fun cinematic universe, each title contributes all kinds of new characters, locations and other fantastical details to a larger picture all while succeeding in being individually fantastic stories surrounding terrific heroes.
In less than a month the studio plans to continue that pattern with the release of Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We’ve already gotten some exciting looks at the new adventure thanks to a barrage of trailers, TV spots, posters, and stills, but last summer I got a very special inside look at the film, as I was invited along with a small group of other journalists to visit the set of the movie down in Manhattan Beach, California, where we had the opportunity to both watch the production in action and also sit down for interviews with the actors and filmmakers who made it all possible.
Based on a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Captain America: The Winter Soldier follows the events of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers and follows the titular hero as he continues to adjust to life in the modern world while working as a field agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. As his work continues, however, he begins to question whether or not he is actually still fighting for the right side, and things only get worse when a figure from his past long thought to be dead makes his returns.
Talking with the cast and crew of the movie I learned all kinds of fascinating details about the film, which I’m extremely excited to share with you now. What special and specific genre is the movie modeled after? What can we expect from the Captain America/Black Widow dynamic? What did Anthony Mackie say he’ll do if he gets cast in The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read on to find out (and be sure to click on the three exclusive behind-the-scenes photos below)!
Captain America’s Core Relationship In The Film Is Within HimselfThere are more than a few interesting characters in Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the titular hero to create meaningful relationships with, from the returning Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to new faces like Sam Wilson a.k.a. The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and S.H.I.E.L.D. head Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), but ultimately the most important dynamic that he must deal with is the battle within himself. Cap’s world has changed to an incredible degree between World War II and the present, and his conflict with that element is going to play a role in just about every layer of the film.
While The Avengers didn’t feel like the right time to really dive into all of the extreme eternal conflicts going on in Cap’s mind, the character’s solo movie sequel will take a closer look not only at his day-to-day adjustment, but also what it’s like moving from a world of black and white morality to a shadier, more covert world. "It felt like this was absolutely the right time to deal with how he can come to terms with a past that is long gone and is seemingly never coming back, dealing with the shades of gray of the modern era and certainly of being a part of an organization like S.H.I.E.L.D." Kevin Feige explained. "And then just as he’s finding a niche for himself, his past comes back and lands like a ton of bricks on his head in the form of Winter Soldier."
In bringing Captain America to the future and having him be confused by the modern world there may be a temptation to make the character seem overly stupid and old for the sake of comedy, but that was something that the screenwriters of the film actually worked to avoid. Said co-screenwriter Christopher McFeely, "He’s the most adaptive man on the planet. His brain’s been juiced, so he’s not going to be baffled for very long by your iPhone. You have all those ideas first and then you’re like, ‘Those are stupid.’"