Director Anthony Russo Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Half of the directing duo who will helm 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier talks about working on the sequel, revealing what he and his brother will bring to the film, their plans for developing the character of Steve Rogers, finding a lighter tone in the film and much more.

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By Josh Wilding - 7/24/2012


Earlier this year, it was revealed that the candidates to helm the Captain America sequel had been narrowed down to George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and the Russo Brothers (You Me And Dupree). At the San Diego Comic-Con, Anthony and Joe Russo were finally confirmed as the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "It sort of came out of the blue, but [Marvel] were big fans of Community," Anthony Russo told IGN Movies at the Television Critics Association press tour. "You can sort of draw a line between some things we did on Community and a Marvel movie. I think if you look at some of the big genre episodes -- you know, the paintball episodes, etc. -- there’s a cinematic sensibility being explored there that is in the language of those films."

So, that may explain Marvel's somewhat unconventional choice of the Russo Brothers to helm Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but Anthony believes that his and Joe's experience in television gives them an advantage. "Marvel is a big company, and they’ve made a lot of movies. These narratives are connected to each other. That’s not typical for a feature film, but television people are used to that. There are seasons and seasons of a show, and the history is very important it, obviously... My brother and I were comic book geeks from a young age, and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to [Marvel] in detail about that. They knew that we understood the brand and their characters really well. We were just incredibly passionate about the movie, and they felt that it was the right match."

While the site did their best to get some information out of the director in regards to what role the Winter Soldier will play in the sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, Russo refused to give anything away, but did have this to say about Steve's role in the film. "We’re trying to grow him as a character. Certainly, he’s come a long way from where he started in World War II to where he is in modern-day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey he’s been on, number one. Number two, the appeal of these movies is the ensemble. Captain America isn’t the only character in the film, and there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature." As for whether we'll see any of the other Avengers turn up, he said, "That’s something Marvel will shoot me for if I tell you." How do these comments make you feel about the Russo Brothers helming the film? Sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.

STARRING:

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Sebastian Stan as Bucky/The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/The Falcon

RELEASE DATE: April 4th, 2014.


Source: IGN Movies
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Bane2099 - 7/24/2012, 5:47 PM
They better not screw it up, with Winter Soldier involved, they got their chance to tell an awesome story.
DaenerysTargaryen - 7/24/2012, 5:49 PM
To them:
To the Russo brothers on Twitpic
capcyclopsftw - 7/24/2012, 6:00 PM
I couldn't be happier with these two guys at the helm. If you hate on them then you're just plain ignorant.
Alex909 - 7/24/2012, 6:01 PM
I don't know if they're the best pair for a movie on this scale compared to their TV work but I have faith in Marvel. Plus, Arrested Development and Community are both brilliant so I'm sure they'll do good. We'll have to wait and see.
superotherside - 7/24/2012, 6:01 PM
I think this movie will surprise people. Good points for them seeming to be so passionate about it.
ATrueHero1987 - 7/24/2012, 6:02 PM
lol @ TheBlackWidow.
Nav - 7/24/2012, 6:02 PM
If they could mix THe Ultimates Vol 1 Captain America with the one featured on Brubakers run , it would be fantastic!
MadTitan - 7/24/2012, 6:03 PM
@TheBlackWidow - lol

they really, better make this sequel better and surprising in a good way..

fingers crossed.
Durf - 7/24/2012, 6:03 PM
Don't screw this up Russo brothers
Nav - 7/24/2012, 6:05 PM
But I must confess Im very worried about this ^light^ tone theyre searching for...
TheMarvelWay - 7/24/2012, 6:06 PM
Lighter tone???
Tomontherun99 - 7/24/2012, 6:07 PM
I love community but I am skeptical about these two but they obviously have a strong affinity with the source material so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope for the best, if they stay close to Brubaker's run then we should all be in for a treat
UrbanKnight - 7/24/2012, 6:10 PM
*FACEPALM*
They got him over George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau!)

Ok guess they want humor in these CBMs.
Fine just dont screw it up! I love Cap.
MadTitan - 7/24/2012, 6:11 PM
good to hear they're also passionate about the characters and the materials (lessen's my worries)plus learn from what Joss Whedon did to Avengers..


CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2012, 6:12 PM
Why doest marvel spend money on a good director? I haven't seen their work or this film but at least hire a promising pair. Oh well marvel does the directing anyway, and use these guys so they can push them around.
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2012, 6:14 PM
Also CA:TFA was very underwhelming I couldn't love it same with Thor. Other than the avengers I can't really get excited about anything marvel studios related. But I hope they succeed.
quadrapioneer - 7/24/2012, 6:15 PM
quadrapioneer - 7/24/2012, 6:17 PM
Oh Ya!

skidz - 7/24/2012, 6:17 PM
@itbegins2005 - Have you seen Game of Thrones? Alan Taylor's work fits. As for Captain America: Winter Soldier, Marvel's taking a bigger risk, but I think with Winter Soldier as the backbone of the story, their knowledge of comics, this one should be all right. I've been wrong before, though. Nobody take my word as gospel.
Mrcool210 - 7/24/2012, 6:18 PM
wait, so they pick winter solidiger one of the darkest cap stories, and they want to make it more light hearted? WTF?
EggsBenedict - 7/24/2012, 6:21 PM
What is wrong with these people? I LOVE Cap, and I LOVE the WS storyline. I am one of the group that think it is too soon for the WS storyline.

There are many reasons I think it is too soon, but the most important reason is that the death of Bucky Barnes is supposed to hurt Cap deeply. On top of feeling out of time and alone, the death is supposed to haunt his dreams. Which, I also think, makes his partnership with Falcon mean something more because he's got that ally in the modern world.

Anyway, I still wonder if these people know WHO Cap is. I mean, Cap is often mishandled in comics because people think he's straightforward...when written well, it is because he isn't straightforward.

That said, Cap should still be a man out of time for at least the 2nd one. Is anyone else concerned that the movie might end up being overly saturated with lightheartedness and humor? I remember an article published before the Avengers that stated Chris Evans had to reign Joss Whedon in from making Cap seem like an idiot because of all the "what is an ipod?" kind of jokes. Thankfully because of Chris, there's the decent reference to the Wizard of Oz.

Make a decently serious movie, please. I don't think the words Captain America: The Winter Soldier and "lighter in nature" should appear next to each other in a sentence referring to the movie.
EggsBenedict - 7/24/2012, 6:26 PM
i started writing my post before you had posted yours, MrCool, otherwise I would've put in there, I agree with you completely!
MarkV - 7/24/2012, 6:28 PM
Marvel has only dropped the ball once, with Iron Man 2. Time will tell...
EggsBenedict - 7/24/2012, 6:28 PM
@TheMarvelite,

I don't mean to sound like I'm hating...I will go see it, and I hope I love it.

I just get really nervous when I read making of stuff. I mean, it is too easy to screw up a movie!
sexfoodcomics - 7/24/2012, 6:28 PM
Dd he actually compair the community paintball episode to a marvel cinematic action movie? Now I am officially worried.
mctrinket - 7/24/2012, 6:29 PM
It does seem a little odd that they take a couple of guys whose only real resume is a cult tv comedy and give them the reigns for such a big movie.
TheTaskmaster - 7/24/2012, 6:29 PM
Considering they grew up comic book geeks and and were actually able to hold a deep conversation with Kevin and the other Marvel Executives bodes well. When someone as passion for a project it always shows. I'm on board.
DarthTesla - 7/24/2012, 6:29 PM
LOVE Community. These guys sound like actual fans of the character, that's awesome. Can't wait to see Falcon and WS.
sexfoodcomics - 7/24/2012, 6:31 PM
I wonder When he said lighter character if he actually meant the character himself not the tone. Falcon can fly, makes him lighter then air :)
JerBear - 7/24/2012, 6:32 PM
Marvel isn't stupid guys, they've made over 4 billion dollars with 6 movies. They know what they're doing.
JerBear - 7/24/2012, 6:36 PM
@mctrinket
Isn't that ironic... reminds me of Joss Whedon
ibravosp5 - 7/24/2012, 6:38 PM
So this means Bucky lived In the first movie and got frozen. At least that's a good theory.
Zarog - 7/24/2012, 6:38 PM
Did anybody actually READ the article? At no point did they say Cap was lighter. "...there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature." I think they are going to use some other characters as humorous moments to break the tension of the story at parts of the film.
TChalla74 - 7/24/2012, 6:42 PM
Falcon!! Winter Soldier!! as long as it's done well with intense action i'm good. maybe we will get to see a bit of black widow's "red letcher". Nonetheless, I expect it to be great. ready for filming & production leaks!!

&& it's a wild one but somebody get this Black Panther thing jumping!! I'm ready for some typa hype!
CaptainAmerica31 - 7/24/2012, 6:42 PM
Why isn't the orginal director coming back?!
Avengers22 - 7/24/2012, 6:45 PM
He said the other characters are lighter compared to Cap, not the story. They never said the story was lighter just some of the characters in the movie. Read it again if you want clarification. From the article, "Captain America isn’t the only character in the film, and there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature."
Avengers22 - 7/24/2012, 6:46 PM
Never mind, Zarog called it out before me.
santoanderson - 7/24/2012, 6:52 PM
Do you know why they hired them? They're cheap.
Ace101 - 7/24/2012, 6:53 PM
I am loving their passion for the character and for making the movie, its gotten me really hyped up for this.

I second @Zarogs comment
JerBear - 7/24/2012, 6:56 PM
@santoanderson
Marvel doesn't need cheap directors, they have the third biggest movie of all time. They hired them because they fit the criteria better than any of the other choices.
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