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Part of what makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe such an exciting premise is that the mass variety of superheroes allows filmmakers to tell just about any kind of story they can think of. And already that fact has been taken advantage of, with Iron Man being a sci-fi comedy, The Incredible Hulk introducing monster movie elements, Thor being full on fantasy, and Captain America: The First Avenger done as a war film. What's more, it will be fascinating to see the individual characters transcend through genre - like Cap will when he goes from the battlefield to a political thriller.
That's how Marvel President Kevin Feige has described the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in a recent interview with Variety. The executive spoke to the trade after winning the Motion Picture Showmanship Award from the ICG Publicists Guild, and in responding to a question regarding the idea of the superhero genre as a fad he revealed the kind of feel that the next Captain America movie will have. Said Feige,
"If it is a fad, it's one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did, because each one is so different. There's an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that's what is exciting about it."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, who are mostly known for their work on television comedies, so it will definitely be interesting to see how they tackle something a bit atypical from what we're used to seeing from them. With Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of the first movie, holding the pens, however, I do feel quite confident.