Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Anthony and Joe Russo directed the screenplay, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, which stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the Black Widow join forces to stop a covert enemy that is hiding in Washington, D.C.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, stated before that film’s release that they were working on a sequel, and in June 2012, Anthony and Joe Russo entered negotiations to direct. The following month, casting of the supporting roles began with the additions of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Principal photography commenced in April 2013 in Los Angeles, California before moving to Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled to be released on April 4, 2014, in 2D and 3D.
Following the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Steve becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with the Black Widow, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon and soon encounter an unanticipated and powerful adversary — the Winter Soldier.
- A World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum, frozen in suspended animation, and is now struggling to adjust to the modern world.Producer Kevin Feige said that Rogers reluctantly remains with S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of The Avengers “because he has nowhere else to go… Things were black and white back then [in World War II], and now it’s hard to know who the bad guys are. We wanted to play on that a little with Cap being uncomfortable with the way S.H.I.E.L.D., and in particular Nick Fury, operates.” Describing his character’s adjustment to the modern world, Evans said, “It’s not so much about his shock with [technology]… It’s more about the societal differences. He’s gone from the ’40s to today; he comes from a world where people were a little more trusting, the threats not as deep. Now, it’s harder to tell who’s right and wrong. Actions you take to protect people from threats could compromise liberties and privacy. That’s tough for Steve to swallow.”
- A highly trained spy working for S.H.I.E.L.D., who partners with Rogers.Screenwriter Christopher Markus said that Black Widow was a “great contrast” to Captain America, describing her as “incredibly modern, not very reverent, and just very straightforward whereas Steve is, you know a man from the 40s. He’s not a boy scout, but he is reserved and has a moral center, whereas her moral center moves.” When asked about Natasha’s relationship with Steve, Johansson said “Their working relationship becomes a more intimate friendship. They have some unexpected similarities – they both have their guard up, they have trust issues, and they’ve also both been working for ‘the man’ for their entire career. Through this unexpected friendship that forms, they both start to question what they want.”
- Steve Rogers’ best friend, who is turned into a brainwashed assassin. Kevin Feige stated that Bucky’s role in the film will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker‘s Winter Soldier storyline in the comics. To prepare for the role, Stan endured five months of physical training and did historical research. “I dove into the whole cold war thing,” said Stan. “I looked at the KGB. I looked at all kinds of spy movies, and all kinds of documentaries about that time, and what it was about. I grabbed anything from that time period. Anything about brainwashing.”
- A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with the ability to fly and speak telepathically with birds. About the role, Mackie said “I’m playing the Falcon. He’s this guy in Harlem who moved to California and became a drug dealer. His plane crashed, and he was genetically altered, he can fly, and has telepathic powers. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”Mackie stated that Marvel did not let him read a script before signing on, and that he would spend five months doing two-a-day workouts and eating an 11,000 calorie per day diet to get into shape for the role. Mackie also revealed that Wilson is “a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader.”
- An agent with S.H.I.E.L.D. who works closely with Nick Fury.
- A S.H.I.E.L.D. operative.
- A neighbor of Captain America’s who initially goes under the name of “Kate”. VanCamp says her character takes an “interesting turn” as the plot develops and that this movie is “just the beginning for the character.”
- An officer with the Strategic Scientific Reserve and former love interest of Captain America.
- A mercenary and a master of the French form of kickboxing known as savateSt-Pierre, a UFC welterweight champion, elaborated, “My character is a French mercenary, speaks French, a martial arts expert of savate, [and an] Olympic lifting champion. [He is] a little bit like a guy who can jump really high and stuff… he’s called a leaper. The character fit me well. “
- A senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. and a member of the World Security Council. He is also an old comrade of Nick Fury.Redford was cast in part as a homage to his roles in 1970s thrillers such as Three Days of the Condor
- The director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Regarding Fury’s questionable code of ethics, Feige said, “Fury certainly rides a line, sort of rides the shadows. He has, I think, lied to every character in every movie, though always for seemingly for the good.””Almost everything that comes out of Nick Fury’s mouth is a lie in some sense,” said Jackson. “He has to ask, is he even lying to himself, too? He has a very good idea of what’s going on but his paranoia keeps him from believing some of it.”
Additionally, Toby Jones,Maximiliano Hernández,Dominic Cooperand Garry Shandling reprise their roles from previous films as Arnim Zola, Jasper Sitwell, Howard Stark and Senator Stern, respectively. Chin Han, Jenny Agutter (who previously appeared in The Avengers as a member of the World Security Council), Alan Dale and Bernard White have been cast as members of Pierce’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team.Stan Lee will make a cameo appearance.
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