New CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Details On 'Steve Rogers'' Arc And S.H.I.E.L.D.
While the sequel's screenwriter explains how they plan to make Cap less boring, and give him more of an arc, Empire mag's spread on Captain America: The Winter Soldier reveals pivotal S.H.I.E.L.D. info.
Compared to the quirkiness of Tony Stark or the otherworldly Thor, Steve Rogers' all around good guy values can apparently come off as “boring” on-screen. Speaking with Empire magazine, co-screenwriter Christopher Markus explained how Captain America: The Winter Soldier will give the Super Soldier depth.“What helps us get past the pious Boy Scout that he could turn into is that he doesn't really want to be this guy,” he says. “He would prefer to be Steve Rogers just walking down the street, helping people sometimes.. He felt the call when the War came. He's kind of the still centre and things happen around him and are influenced by him. It's interesting in this movie, for instance, to watch his relationship with Black Widow, who of course has a very different outlook. It can make it difficult with executives who often want arcs. It's very difficult not to sound lazy when you go, 'Well, he doesn't really have an arc'”
Though exact details as to what S.H.I.E.L.D. is up to in Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been kept to a minimum, the latest issue of Empire magazine also reveals that the defense organization will be using surveillance in the form of drones. They not only pose a problem for Steve Rogers - “this isn't freedom, it's fear” - the the development of the drones will have roots in current real-world controversies. “What made '70s thrillers interesting is that it was a very complicated time.We were peeling back the curtain with Watergate and realizing how corrupt the system was,” says co-director Anthony Russo. “Now, again with the proliferation of social media, you can blow the whistle on the NSA and it can be round the world in 30 seconds. And we have the morality of drones. It is right to preemptively use them to kill suspected terrorists prior to any sort of trial? So the times we're living in are even more complex.” What do you think?
Some time ago, Hasbro previewed their Captain America: The Winter Soldier toy line which included what appeared to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. drone. While it was said to have no connection to the film, with today's news, that's probably untrue and we may already know how the drones will look in the sequel. Hopefully they'll be more distinctive from those Hammer drones from Iron Man 2.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy — the Winter Soldier. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony & Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014.
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