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When Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely entered into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's hard to imagine that they would have had any sort of inkling that they would turn Captain America into the best stand alone Marvel franchise. With Captain America: Civil War now occupying their collective quills, Markus and McFeely are getting ready to not only introduce a new Avenger with Black Panther, but to possibly continue the story of Peggy Carter and her relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Steve Rogers. If you thought the third Captain America movie was going to be just action, it looks like you were wrong.
IGN managed to catch up with the two writers at the recent TCA press junket, which saw Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely promoting their recent project, the television event series Marvel's Agent Carter. So what better time to ask the two about just what's going on with the future installment in the Captain America saga, and whether or not Steve Rogers' main squeeze would be returning for a third motion picture go-round. The long and the short of the matter according to McFeely is that yes, Peggy Carter is still a going concern for the pair's story purposes. However, according to his statement below, neither writer is ready to confirm or deny this will actually happen.
"As we have not started shooting, and I’m on my fourth draft of many, that question [of who Peggy was to Tony Stark] has been in and out all over the place so who knows. So many things can shake out but we’ve had conversations and we pitched scenes. Some stay and some don’t. But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she’s around".
What can be confirmed is the presence of Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, who's set to officially debut in Captain America: Civil War. However, since they're still in the fluid state of writing and re-writing the film, you'd think they'd still be a little bit vague on where they're going with the character. Surprisingly enough, McFeely's further comment on this matter seems to have the prince of Wakanda on more solid footing in his fate... and that's all we're going to get, as he said:
"I’ll keep that one close to the vest, but I’m very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he’s a good get."
It's easy to say that Captain America: Civil War is primed for an easy win, as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have proven themselves through two films and a television series in the character's universe. Surely there's a place for both Peggy Carter and Black Panther to show up and not get in the way of the story, but ultimately it will be their judgment that decides the fate of either character. With their track record in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and with Joe and Anthony Russo returning to direct their second Captain America film, it looks like whatever decision that's made will be the best one for the franchise. Zack Snyder must be just a little bit worried after this conversation.
Captain America: Civil War will reign supreme on May 6, 2016.