by Nur Hussein, staff writer
Marvel has had a pretty good year so far. Not only did they kick off the tentpole movie season with the spectacular, critically and commercially successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but they also had the honor of also being the (almost) last film of this year’s tentpole movie season with Guardians of the Galaxy, which is also critically and commercially successful. The latter film has earned half a billion U.S. dollars globally to date, while the former earned over $700 million. Not to rest on their laurels, Marvel has already started production on the still-untitled third Captain America movie, with Anthony and Joe Russo set to return as directors and Chris Evans will take up his iconic shield once more.
The Russo brothers recently revealed that they would start filming Captain America 3 next April in Atlanta, where they would be doing “stage work” before moving on to undisclosed “other locations.” Set to return, too, is Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes the Winter Soldier, a character whom the brothers are interested in exploring as a story of redemption and suffering.
While Chris Evans has only two pictures left on his contract (Captain America 3 and Avengers 3), Sebastian Stan has a 9-picture deal with Marvel which implies he may take over as Captain America eventually, but the Russo brothers were coy about this and teased that maybe it would be Falcon that takes the mantle in the end. Marvel’s strategy for long-term storytelling seems to be taking a page out of the J. Michael Strazynski playbook of creating “trap door characters” that can fill in for roles in a long story arc when the main actors aren’t available anymore.
The Russo brothers also teased about a return of Crossbones, a minor villain character who was alive at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. They promised us surprises for the next Cap film, in terms of characters who will show up. The writers for Captain America 3, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, have openly expressed their love for the character of M.O.D.O.K., so I guess the sky really is the limit as to who might appear in the movies to come (a film M.O.D.O.K. would be incredible).
Captain America 3 is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Until then we can still catch Chris Evans as Cap in next year’s Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens May 1, 2015.