DrDoom Presents: My Pitch For CAPTAIN AMERICA 3
Recently, an article was released on this site asking what fans were looking for in the third Captain America film, due for release in 2016. Here, DrDoom will tell you in what direction he feels Steve Rogers' next adventure should go!
"The world has changed . . . . and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do . . . . is to start over." - Margaret 'Peggy' Carter
When directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo were selected to helm the second installment in the Captain America film franchise, there was much apprehension from fans around the world. Many loved the take that Joe Johnston had provided in Captain America: The First Avenger, and while I was supportive of them from the time they got the job, the filmography of the Russo Bros. left the divided feelings of the fanbase very understandable. Despite being mostly known for comedic work, the team was shilled by Marvel Studios main producer Kevin Feige, who was unwaveringly confident that they could deliver a movie that the fanbase deserved.
Luckily for us, Captain America: The Winter Soldier exceeded expectations in nearly every conceivable way. The personal journey of Steve Rogers, the man out of time, was one full of intrigue, suspense, character development and of course, action, along with a few welcome surprises along the way. It showed a dedication to smart, tight plotting, a balance of seriousness and humour, and an almost shocking amount of change in the status quo of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now that it has become one of Marvel's most successful and acclaimed films yet, the question on everyone's mind is what will come next. So far, we know that the Russo Bros. have been brought back to direct Captain America 3, and that it has a release date of May 6th, 2016. Outside of an interview about one potential storyline being 'psychotic 1950's Cap', we have no idea at this point where the story will go. The previous film ended with Steve and Sam Wilson deciding to try and find Bucky, SHIELD being in shambles, and the knowledge that Hydra is still out there. With those things in mind, I will now outline a story idea that I have for Captain America 3. Of course, what happens in Avengers: Age of Ultron will no doubt have an effect on the story's direction, but given that we don't know what will happen yet in that movie, my story will try and be as open as possible in case of certain story threads being potentially closed off.
Captain America: Dream's End
The film starts out similarly to how the second one did; with an opening action sequence to immediately get the audience invested. Since the fall of SHIELD, Steve Rogers has decided to take matters into his own, shield-throwing hands, by forming an elite squad of heroes that he personally commands. This team is comprised of himself, Sam Wilson, Clint Barton and Sharon Carter.
Sam Wilson has been tagging along with Cap since the second movie, and presumably, Cap and Hawkeye will have gained a stronger bond during the events of Age of Ultron. Despite having a small role in Winter Soldier, Sharon Carter did display a certain amount of loyalty to Cap, especially during her confrontation with Brock Rumlow. These four heroes decide to band together due to the knowledge that Hydra still operates in secret cells around the world, and they've dedicated themselves to crushing all remaining Hydra resistance. For Cap, this serves two purposes: one, for him to make the free world safe from the tyranny of Hydra, and two, for him to try and locate leads that may reveal Bucky's location.
The opening sequence involves the team storming a secret Hydra outpost in a remote location in Eastern Europe. Quickly and efficiently defeating the enemy soldiers, Cap and his team are surprised to find that there is no base commander. They interrogate one of the surviving Hydra soldiers, who reveals nothing except for an ominous warning:
"Your war is futile, Herr Captain. You and your friends are nothing compared to what is coming. Hail immortal Hydra!"
While the rest of the team sees this as nothing more than the ravings of a defeated enemy, Cap knows better and begins to seriously question whether or not what they're doing is bringing them any closer to achieving their goal of stopping Hydra for good. Sharon Carter insists that displaced cells and renegade operatives are all that remains of Hydra according to her CIA contacts, but Cap finds it hard to believe considering that every soldier they've faced still seems to be unquestioningly loyal to the goal of Hydra's new world order.
"I have lived a life . . . . my only regret is that you didn't get to live yours."
During their missions together, Steve and Sharon Carter have also gotten closer. Along with finally learning her familial connection to Peggy, a major theme in the film is Steve learning to finally allow himself to become emotionally vulnerable enough to be happy. Winter Soldier moved at such a breakneck pace that it gave Steve little time to reflect after the first half hour. I want Dream's End to take a bit of a slower approach, with Cap realizing just how unhappy he was due to his lost connections, and coming to terms with the fact that he needs to be willing to make new emotional connections in order to live a fulfilling life outside of his heroic duties. Sharon Carter will play a major role in that, and will build on the flirtation that was shown between the two in the previous film.
"Captain . . . . it would be my geniune pleasure." - Clint 'Hawkeye' Barton
Aside from just romance, I also want the movie to have a significant amount of time invested into the relationship between Cap and Hawkeye. Of course, we don't yet know how much time will be spent on this in Age of Ultron, but given that they have a very dynamic and important relationship in the comics, I want this to become important in the films. A key feature of this would be Cap looking at Hawkeye as something of an apprentice; while Sam Wilson takes the role of his partner, Cap would see Hawkeye as someone who needs to be guided, perhaps because he has a more jaded and cynical worldview than Falcon due to his background and eventual disillusionment with SHIELD. The reason that Cap being willing to take Hawkeye on is so important is because this will also be Cap opening himself up to someone who could be seen as a potential replacement for Bucky. Cap's guilt over Bucky's transformation into the Winter Soldier is something that Cap needs to get past, and his relationship with Hawkeye could help with this.
"Hydra created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. Once the purification process is complete, Hydra's new world order will arise. We won, Captain." - Arnim Zola
Of course, it eventually turns out that Cap's fear of how legitimate Hydra's defeat was turns out to be justified. Arnim Zola, whose consciousness was transferred into a computer mainframe, turns out to be alive and well, having downloaded his mind to another computer (and hopefully a robotic body) so that he would survive SHIELD's attack on his bunker at Camp Lehigh. Continously staying ahead, it turns out that Zola has been secretly feeding misleading intel to the CIA about Hydra's movements, giving up small cells and throwaway operatives so that Cap's team would feel like they were making progress to buy time for him to enact his true plan.
"You could have the power of the gods! Yet you wear a flag on your chest and think you fight a battle of nations! I have seen the future Captain . . . . there are no flags." - Red Skull
At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull was seemingly absorbed and transported into space by the power of the Cosmic Cube. It will turn out that the Skull was sent into a pocket dimension created by the Cube's energy, and that Zola has been working on a way to free him based on the work that Erik Selvig and SHIELD did when they had the Cube during The Avengers. Zola's hope is that with the Red Skull back in charge of Hydra, he will be able to inspire his followers around the world to rally behind him as part of their next plan for world domination.
The movie will then introduce our two new main villains: Baron Zemo and Madame Hydra. These two ruthless characters are currently in command of Hydra, and have been operating in secret for decades, as part of a council of Hydra leaders that included Baron von Strucker and Alexander Pierce. Due to the failing of Pierce's Project Insight, Zemo and Madame Hydra have decided that brute force is preferable to subterfuge, and have enacted their new plan: Project Sleeper.
It turns out that during the seventy years that Hydra was operating as a part of SHIELD, Zola and his subordinates had been covertly gathering the resources and manpower to construct an army of massive, walking battle mechs called Sleepers, which would be buried underground, only to be activated in case Hydra's cover was blown in a way that they could not recover from. Zemo and Madame Hydra agree that now is the time, and order the Sleepers be brought online.
My Completely Unoriginal Fancast Pick For Baron Zemo:
My Much More Original Fancast Pick For Madame Hydra:
"Cut off one head, and two more shall take its place." - Hydra Motto
Knowing that the army that was SHIELD no longer stands to oppose them, Baron Zemo and Madame Hydra take the first wave of Sleepers and begin activating them to stage an assault on North America, hoping to forcibly take the continent under Hydra's control. As well, Madame Hydra goes to Brock Rumlow, who had been saved and healed by Hydra, and repurposes him as Crossbones. She knows that Rumlow's idol is the Red Skull (it's revealed that Rumlow is a Neo-Nazi at heart who is fanatically devoted to the Skull) and promises him that he will serve as the Skull's right hand once he is revived.
"There are no prisoners with Hydra; just order. And order only comes from pain. You ready for yours?" - Brock 'Crossbones' Rumlow
Crossbones' assignment is to find the Winter Soldier (who has been on the run since the end of the second film) and bring him back into Hydra's control. Cap and his team follow Crossbones to Bucky, and try to save him, but Crossbones' rejuvenated form makes him a capable match for Cap. During the battle, Crossbones is able to capture Bucky and take him away, while Hydra soldiers keep Cap's team at bay. During this, Bucky, whose mind is in disarray, sees that Cap tries to save him and recognizes him as his friend, saying 'Steve' under his breath as Crossbones puts Bucky into a helicopter and escapes with him.
"Then finish it . . . . because I'm with you to the end of the line." - Steve Rogers
Knowing that there is little time before the Sleepers are fully operational, Cap and his team have no choice but to follow Crossbones back to the Hydra base of operations and start a desperate assault. Zola tells Zemo and Madame Hydra to use the their full force to repel Cap's team, because he needs time to finish his device that will revive the Skull. During the battle, Cap and his team have to fight Zemo, Madame Hydra, Crossbones and hordes of Hydra minions.
This is the point where it becomes clear why the movie is titled Dream's End. Should Cap fail, his dream of a world made free will be no more; if Hydra should fail, their dream of a world under their control will be thwarted. Eventually, the heroes manage to pre-emptively destroy the Sleepers at the base, stopping Hydra's plans, and forcing the remaining villains to retreat. Cap also finds and rescues Bucky, who finally recognizes him.
However, unknown to the heroes, they have only managed to defeat Hydra, not destroy it. Despite Project Sleeper being stopped, Zola had the time he needed to accomplish his objective: the revival of the Red Skull. The surviving villains and Hydra soldiers watch in awe as their one true master steps out of the portal, ready to finally lead Hydra to total victory. In a way, this is the real meaning of Dream's End: the dream of a world safe from the Red Skull is truly no more.
So, what did you think? Is this the sort of film you would like to see for Captain America 3? Let me know in the comments section!
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