As its title implies, 'Captain America 2' is largely inspired by Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting's celebrated, Eisner-award winning comic book storyline "The Winter Soldier." Although ultimately very different from what transpires in the big screen version, the broad strokes remain the same: Steve Rogers finds himself hunting, and being hunted by, a ruthless assassin who may or may not be his supposedly dead best friend, Bucky Barnes.
The movie uses Brubaker's Captain America run to fuel the first half of the film and provide an antagonist who can serve as an emotionally hard-hitting threat to the star-spangled Avenger. However, while it's the most obvious, it's not the only Marvel comic run heavily quoted in the film. There's another acclaimed comic series that not only informs the biggest twists of 'Captain America 2,' but suggests what crazy new direction the Marvel cinematic universe is heading toward on both the big and small screens.
While most of us don't have an idea what Marvel Studios is planning beyond 2016 (and, let's be honest, there's a whole cottage industry built around speculating what those future titles are), but Marvel knows exactly what they're doing. In fact, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has a map in his office that plots out the next 15 years of Marvel movies, all the way to 2028.
After a brief hiatus, ScreenCrush is back with the Comic Strip, a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, Marvel revealed the first exciting looks at 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron' and new looks at 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' while DC and Warner Bros. TV are ready to unleash a 'Flash'y new slate of shows.
The mystery has been solved! Not long ago, Marvel Studios set a May 2016 release date for an untitled Marvel movie, which recently became a hot topic as 'Batman vs. Superman' rescheduled to open on the same date. Now, after much speculation, the identity of the mystery Marvel film has been revealed to be 'Captain America 3,' which directors Joe and Anthony Russo are already actively developing.
Marvel recently put 'Captain America 3' into development with 'Captain America 2' directors Joe and Anthony Russo back for more. While, naturally, details on what this next outing might look like are still too early to make out, we can safely assume that Anthony Mackie's Falcon will be a part of it.
While we all speculate on whether 'Doctor Strange' or 'Black Panther' will be a part of Marvel's Phase 3, today comes some actual new on what one of those Phase 3 movies may be. Unfortunately, there's no major announcement on either of those two new films, but instead it looks like one of the Phase 3 movies will be another sequel, alongside 'Thor 3' and 'Captain America 3' - 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2'.
Marvel has been hesitant to sign directors who aren't named Joss Whedon to long-term deals, mostly because they like to keep their sequels fluid and evolving. But, they must see something special in 'Captain America 2' directors Joe and Anthony Russo because the comic company has hired the brothers to write and direct 'Captain America 3' before Part 2 has even hit theaters.
If you've seen the 'Captain America 2' trailer (or the 4-minute preview that ran in theaters with 'Thor: The Dark World'), you've already caught a glimpse of Crossbones, the Marvel villain played in the film by Frank Grillo. He starts off as an ally, but as you can see in the elevator beatdown, he eventually turns on Cap. Now, it looks like this isn't the last we'll see of Crossbones, as Grillo hints that Marvel has even bigger plans in store for the mercenary.
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