CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Co-Writer Says WINTER SOLDIER Equates A 'Product of Corrupt Practices'

Producer Kevin Feige, the directors and co-writer of Captain America: The Winter Soldier lengthily discuss the decision to make the sequel a political thriller, reveal '70s influences and more. Check it out!

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Stephen McFeely, who co-wrote both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier with Christopher Markus, tells Empire magazine: “We knew we were going to make the first film a period piece; that really appealed to us. It was the only way to make a Captain America movie that would not come off as ridiculous. A man does not decide to put on an American flag outfit in 2011, but he might in World War II.” With Cap now thawed out and in modern times, the writers had difficulties finding how to make the character work and what he would think of the world and what it's become. “That was our initial problem with this movie. How do we make sense of him in the modern world? I mean, he’s really Gary Cooper,” says McFeely. “The solution is kind of that the world changes in response to him. He is usually correct. In this one, we’re dealing with the Cap after Marvel thawed him out in the ’60s, the one whose values don’t necessarily match ours. We went down a bunch of roads and kept coming back to this idea of a conspiracy movie,” he adds. “It’s what’s going to get the most out of the moral dilemma for the character. How does he fit in? How does he see where we’ve ended up? He hasn’t experienced everything we’ve gone through to get to this point, where agendas are now really murky.” (Chris Evans would agree)

According to Stephen McFeely, the decision to make the Winter Soldier the villain really contributed to the direction Marvel was headed, with the character being “a product of dubious, corrupt practices that don’t make you feel good when you drag them into the light.” He adds that “everything kept pointing to something like Three Days Of The Condor.” Marvel president Kevin Feige agrees. “In our attempt to make all of our films feel unique and feel different we found ourselves going back to things like Condor,” says Feige. “Also the other political thrillers of the ’70s: The Parallax View, All The President’s Men. This was a time that Cap existed in in the comics. He found himself in the swinging ’60s followed by the Watergate era followed by the Reagan era followed by where we are today. In the comics it was a hell of a journey for Steve, And we couldn’t take him through those years because in our cinematic universe he was asleep,” he says. “But we wanted to force him to confront that kind of moral conundrum, something with that ’70s flavour. And in our film that takes the form of S.H.I.E.L.D..”

Joe Russo also talked with Empire about Marvel's political thriller direction for The Winter Soldier, which was decided before he and his brother, Anthony Russo, came on board to direct. “We knew that they wanted a thriller, which was an idea we loved, but they have been incredibly supportive of how different in tone we’ve made this compared to the first film,” he says. “I don’t know that we’ll ever work again with a company like this. Kevin is a uniquely creative executive producer. We’ve had the least amount of interference and the most amount of support that we’ve ever had on a movie. There are layers to this film. It makes the characters more interesting. I think when people see this film they’ll realize how unique this Captain America franchise is. This is a radically different movie than the first.” While Anthony Russo chimed in on the political aspect (here), he revealed there are several 1970s influences for the Marvel sequel especially for its set-piece car chase. In addition to the work of Alan J. Pakula, the Russos studied The French Connection. “We’ve been studying it over and over in slow motion. Why is that car chase so effective? Because you care about who’s in the car. The Conversation, Blow Out for a kind of tone; how sound design helps to build the paranoia. So we’re building things into the back speakers that you kind of don’t hear. We’re both real fans of [Michael Mann’s] Heat and the heist sequence in that, the vérité style,” concludes Anthony Russo. What do you think?

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.
Source: Empire Magazine
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AgeofApocalypse - 1/6/2014, 6:27 AM
Sounds good.
DefcoN - 1/6/2014, 7:06 AM
No doubt that this will be Cap's finest hour.
Lobo89 - 1/6/2014, 9:16 AM
Really looking forward tho this movie. Alos I didnt know that Kevin Fiege was Executive producer of the Amazing Spiderman. I thought he was soley for Marvel studios.
themidnightking - 1/6/2014, 9:16 AM
I want it now!
TheWolverine08 - 1/6/2014, 9:17 AM
Sounds great. This movie looks like it's being produced with great care.
write33 - 1/6/2014, 9:19 AM
did they just drop references to "Blow Out" and "The Conversation"???? whoa, that is some high-bar artistic inspiration to start with. I so hope this lives up to their hype! It looks fantastic so far.
Rhysno1 - 1/6/2014, 9:20 AM
Its amazing how much these people really care about this movie
SpoonWielder - 1/6/2014, 9:20 AM
No doubt someone will crap all over this movie when comes out, no matter how good it will be.
StrangerX - 1/6/2014, 9:21 AM
Conspiracy huh!! Hope its not too obvious.
wcwpoet - 1/6/2014, 9:21 AM
I can't wait for this!!! This and GoTG are my most anticipated of 2014!
CaptShipwreck - 1/6/2014, 9:21 AM
Car chase , French connection ....
I hate to say it but most of you whiney bitches don't deserve to see this movie ...

This will be amazing
Bl00dwerK - 1/6/2014, 9:21 AM
Probably gonna be the best CBM of 2014...
Interestein - 1/6/2014, 9:22 AM
They're such unexpected directors, they're going to knock it out of the park.
MrNiklander - 1/6/2014, 9:22 AM
The more I hear about it the more I am excited!!!Who would know that Captain America would win me as a character
Gdub510 - 1/6/2014, 9:23 AM
Mannnn, can't wait
ezio619 - 1/6/2014, 9:28 AM
i am trying to keep my expectations tempered , but im excited, i am doing that for every superhero film,i did that for last year too, im excited but im gonna keep it under check once i get into the theater
marantaz - 1/6/2014, 9:32 AM
"A man does not decide to put on an American flag outfit in 2011..."

There are many thousands of American patriots, living and dead, who would disagree with that. I know it offends me, but I'll get over it. My inner anarchist gets it.

Cap should have doubts about the nation he represents and the government he serves. We all should. A nation borne out of revolution against authority should have a citizenry that doubts the motives of those in government. Problem is, we don't.

This is my most anticipated CBM of the year, and I hope it does IM3 like numbers at the box office.
MrMartinMarvel - 1/6/2014, 9:33 AM
Please don't let this suck!
ezio619 - 1/6/2014, 9:33 AM
i do like how different subgenres they are iron man 3 was a superhero film but it was a detective,action comedy film which i expected cause shane blacks films all have that,thor wasa science fantasy film but still superhero,cap is apolitical thriller told through superhero lens and guardians is a space adventure film told through different lens
Spidey10 - 1/6/2014, 9:34 AM
Looking forward to the next trailer
ibravosp5 - 1/6/2014, 9:34 AM
This movie is still too far. Man time isn't going by fast enough. This movie is going to be good
Kozmik - 1/6/2014, 9:35 AM
Lobo89, Kevin Feige is indeed listed as an executive producer of "The Amazing Spider-Man." The question is, what does that mean exactly. There are instances of executive producers never even showing up on set, and whom get the title because contractually they are obligated.

The instance I have in mind was for a Steven Spielberg film, in which Jan DeBont was listed as an executive producer (the film is eluding me at the moment). According to Spielberg, DeBont had–literally–nothing to do with the film.

Though I suspect that Feige is there to keep an eye on a Marvel property (remember, Spider-Man is only licensed to Sony, the Fantastic Four are licensed to Twentieth-Century Fox, as are the X-Men and Wolverine).

Which means they don't own them, so I guess Feige is protecting his own interests (I also get the feeling that Marvel is getting a percentage of the profits, though that's speculation–logical, but speculation.
ezio619 - 1/6/2014, 9:38 AM
Blackjack-i know u are not that excited about this one,but i would include August: Guardians of the Galaxy
MexicanSuperman - 1/6/2014, 9:39 AM
Ok I got complete faith in this film after reading this article. I do wish there was another Captain America WWII film.
Sanderman - 1/6/2014, 9:40 AM
Love seeing the Russo bros proving people wrong (for now, at least). I remember when they got the job and 90% of the people on here were bashing them and praising Shane Black. How times have changed since then
TelaVizion - 1/6/2014, 9:42 AM
I'm ready to see Tony, Cap & Thor become simply cameo characters in other/new franchises. This era of MCU character franchises is coming to a great end.

Keep doing Avenger movies, but with members that does not include the "Big 3" (somehow keep Hulk around more than them 3)
California - 1/6/2014, 9:43 AM
I really liked the first movie. I think this one will be even better!
blackagar94 - 1/6/2014, 9:45 AM
Even though I'm really anticipating GOTG, this movie could end up very special, cause' it has elements that will make it more than than a superhero movie.
SuperCat - 1/6/2014, 9:47 AM
ezio619 - 1/6/2014, 9:49 AM
this is most likely not gonna happen cause people cant universally praise something which is fine,people have their opinions, but i hope this year is more positive for superhero films, iron man 3 had a mixed response,man of steel had the most mixed response, the wolverine and thor 2 were the most positive but even they had a few share of detractors,hopefully this year is most positive
m0th3r - 1/6/2014, 9:50 AM
Haters will hate...but this sounds great. I hope this is the Russo brothers defining movie. Something special that lives on like the Matrix...
DEVLIN712 - 1/6/2014, 9:51 AM
Only 2 months and 23 days!
KaneRomita - 1/6/2014, 9:51 AM
I imagine we'll get some WW2 flashbacks.. And don't forget that we will see Cap in his WW2 uniform. My guess is that Cap busts it out of the Smithsonian to try to help jog _____'s memories.. On top of that we'll get to see the beginnings of Steve and Sam Wilson's friendship. Really looking forward to that. This movie is gonna rock.
m0th3r - 1/6/2014, 9:52 AM
@BlackJack10 Nice list dude.. but forgot:

Fantastic Four: Not Shooting...Little News..No casting Announcements, no final script, massive public backlash on rumors.
ItsATrap - 1/6/2014, 9:53 AM
it sounds like they're doing something really special with this movie, and i'm excited to see how it turns out. this might be a real film and not just some cookie-cutter, popcorn flick that marvel usually churns out.
TheRealistStarLord - 1/6/2014, 10:00 AM
This movie will be great, for sure. It has to be...
JoJo1982 - 1/6/2014, 10:01 AM
We’re both real fans of [Michael Mann’s] Heat and the heist sequence in that, the vérité style,”



That's one of my fave movies, especially the diner scene(which had some great dialogue)

I think Cap 2 might be the solo marvel movie
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/6/2014, 10:04 AM
@lobo feige/marvel are working closely with Sony on the amazing spiderman. Reports are out there if you care to look for it. Disney/marvel owns the merchandising rights to the amazing spiderman. Avi arad has gone on to say who wouldn't mind adding spidey in a avengers film down the line if the story was right. Any decision that Sony wants to make with promotional aspect has to go through feige/marvel/disney. Yeah its a great feeling of future adventures in the mcu. ;)
TheRealRemyLebeau - 1/6/2014, 10:08 AM
@jojo I agree. Funny thing is when I was a kid I watched Batman forever with Val Kilmer and followed his movies after that. Heat was released I think right after Batman forever and it blew me away. The russo brothers have their Shit together and I'm happy what I'm reading.
JoJo1982 - 1/6/2014, 10:09 AM
Yeah there is speculation that Sony's Spider-Man have a cameo in Avengers 3, since that news has been out


Me honesty I wouldn't be surprised if he shows up

And it's good that spidey is with sony expanding his own universe since marvel studios has their hand full with other projects they getting out
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