CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Concept Art By James Carson

The website, Film Sketchr, has landed an interview and Captain America: The Winter Soldier concept art from conceptual illustrator, James Carson ("X-Men: First Class"). Here's a sample.

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Film Sketchr chatted with conceptual illustrator James Carson, who has previously worked on Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor. This time the focus was on his latest project, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. James was tasked with the responsibility of helping to design key sets seen in the film like, the Triskelion (primary headquarters for S.H.I.E.L.D.), Steve Rogers apartment and Nick Fury's operating room. For the full interview click here.
Film Sketchr: The Triskelion has been a feature of the Ultimates comic books since 2002. Was there anything that you took from the source?

James Carson: We used the comic references sparingly. It seemed like many of the comic book images were more of a futuristic type design. Production Designer Peter Wenham felt early on that the Triskelion should be grounded in modern day sensibilities, and also representational of what S.H.E.I.L.D. had become, which is this huge powerful entity unto itself. So we really keyed off of Brutalist and Nazi architecture. Just big and brutal, and fortress-like. Early on were developing it as modular, fortress type shapes, but we weren't bringing out the "tri" in the Triskelion, which the comics have done quite successfully. One of the story points in the comic and just the name itself implies that it's made up of three basic systems, so we incorporated the three pillared cylinder as the centerpiece into the design.
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After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel's "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. Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Source: Film Sketchr
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cipher - 4/10/2014, 9:28 AM
F*ckin' cool designs.
Hellsing - 4/10/2014, 9:28 AM
The whole Lemurian Star sequence gets better with every viewing, Marvel Studios have outdone themselves with TWS.
Hellsing - 4/10/2014, 9:29 AM
and the designs are pretty nifty
LehnsienJaw - 4/10/2014, 9:29 AM
coolasscool
Sophisticated - 4/10/2014, 9:30 AM
The Guardians need to get here.
cipher - 4/10/2014, 9:32 AM
I was flipping through the Winter Soldier the other day- I think it was the ninth issue or something- and there's this one part where they're lookin' for Lukin.. some dude says he's on the 41st floor, and I was like "wasn't that the floor Falcon jumped out of in the movie?"

I mean, it's nothing, really. Just an observation. I just thought it was amusing.
SuperCat - 4/10/2014, 9:32 AM
MercwithMouth - 4/10/2014, 9:34 AM
Nice work. Only 9 days until I get to see it!


3d or 2d? Which is better for Cap2?
eviltattooedguy - 4/10/2014, 9:38 AM
Is anyone else hoping that on agents of shield that agent ward gets turned into the grim reaper? Just a thought brought on by the opening song of the last episode. Blue oyster cult's "The Reaper"
MercwithMouth - 4/10/2014, 9:41 AM
I hope that Ward stays Ward. Not everyone needs to become a comic book character. Mike Peterson did, Skye will, that's enough for now. Ward's character is about to get immensely interesting, wouldn't want that ruined with a ham fisted origin story.
0megaDaGod - 4/10/2014, 9:42 AM
@Merc

I saw it in 2d and it was amazing. Heard the 3D is unneccesary

@Cipher

Damn, I really need to reread it. Loved some of the first few issues
InfiniteMonkey - 4/10/2014, 9:43 AM
Super BadAssery.

Now off to do a 4th viewing with me girl.

Hail Hydra!
0megaDaGod - 4/10/2014, 9:43 AM
@Merc

True about Ward. Unless he becomes Taskmaster I really don't want him becoming someone else just for the sake of it
sKeemAn - 4/10/2014, 9:45 AM
These look great. I wonder what kind of program they use for this art. Maya?
GodzillaKart - 4/10/2014, 9:46 AM
What has happened to Ward is fantastic...but the actor simply is not bad ass enough to become Taskmaster.

IMO Taskmaster is one of Marvel's very best characters. I want to see that guy done right.
GodzillaKart - 4/10/2014, 9:47 AM
And...great designs.
MercwithMouth - 4/10/2014, 9:48 AM
@0mega

Thanks man, I saw The Wolverine in 3d and it seemed very uneccesary, seems that way when they use more practical effects than CGI.
Gusto - 4/10/2014, 9:49 AM
cipher - 4/10/2014, 9:53 AM
DaGod- Yeah, it's definitely my favourite Cap story along with Waid's Man Out Of Time, and Operation Rebirth.

There's this one part in The Winter Soldier where they flash back to when Bucky was pulled out of the ice by the Russians, and it's just this panel of him laying on a slab, basically, with the chipped and melting ice falling off of his body, and that's where it really hit me that the dude really is like a dark reflection of Cap himself. I mean, it's even in the way the panel was laid out, it was meant to be reminiscent of the discovery of Cap's body. They're both the best of their kind, just different ideologies, that's all (or, in Bucky's case, brainwashing).. and that idea was carried over into the movie.
ComicsBornAndBred - 4/10/2014, 9:54 AM
Noooooooooooiiiice
cipher - 4/10/2014, 9:55 AM
I really liked how in the scene where Cap's falling from the destroyed helicarrier it's just basically the same as Bucky falling from the train, only their places are reversed.
earzmundo - 4/10/2014, 9:57 AM
part 1 was so much shit but TWS is [frick]in AMAZING
maninfinesuit - 4/10/2014, 9:57 AM
Awesome film. Give these guys the keys to the third Avengers.

Rom - 4/10/2014, 9:59 AM
Really cool stuff.
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 4/10/2014, 10:05 AM
HAHA! I've been saying, "On your left." to all the chicks on the treadmills and runners on the track by my house. I [frick]ing love it!
Hellsing - 4/10/2014, 10:06 AM
@Cipher yeah man I noticed that too, that last confrontation hit me hard, I just loved the fact that Steve didn't give up on Bucky ever. It sums up who is so damn perfectly. Evans has really grown in to the role he's so damn perfect.

So listen up Marvel loosen those purse strings and renegotiate that contract with Evans, Cap needs to become the focal point for the MCU.
TheClemster - 4/10/2014, 10:07 AM
I really need to see this movie one more time.
Destined - 4/10/2014, 10:09 AM
I'll be seeing this again on Friday. These concept designs are brilliant!
TheClemster - 4/10/2014, 10:09 AM
@ ciph

by re-reading the TPB of winter soltier to the Death of Cap I realised that there is a ton of little nods like that.
Poolio - 4/10/2014, 10:12 AM
Unless he and Black Widow hooked up...

0megaDaGod - 4/10/2014, 10:14 AM
@Cipher

See, that was one of the things I loved so much about TWS. It could've easily just embraced the 'Avengers 1.5' title and ran with a post invasion story that had barely any reference to TFA. But instead the Russo's fully embraced several moments, themes and even bits of the soundtrack from the first one and really brought it home. I was kinda dissapointed with how little Bucky we got in TFA and was worried it would lessen the impact of his role as The Winter Soldier, but they managed to pull it off perfectly
MercwithMouth - 4/10/2014, 10:15 AM
@Clem

You're alive! Finally escaped Gusto's basement?
0megaDaGod - 4/10/2014, 10:16 AM
@GambitFreakisBatman

You think that's bad?

Everytime I'm at work or out in town and I see someone whisper something to someone I can't help but imagine they're saying 'Hail Hydra"
NoAssemblyReqd - 4/10/2014, 10:17 AM
They made the Triskelion look and feel like a real place. Well done.
TheClemster - 4/10/2014, 10:21 AM
@ Merc

lol no nobody will see me in Gus's basement again, ... unless there is free beer down there.

I just got a promotion and it involves quite a bit of travel so hard to take the time to comment ;)

How are you mate???
fortycals - 4/10/2014, 10:22 AM
Read the recent secret warriors books and toy will see even more nods than tws
TheClemster - 4/10/2014, 10:25 AM
@ fortycals

secret warriors is a great story and I am kind of hoping that it goes this way for the season 2 of AoS

But we need more super-powered characters
cipher - 4/10/2014, 10:27 AM
0mega- Yeah, man, definitely. That's one of the first things I noticed- soon as the movie starts up you can hear some of the musical cues from the first one in that first scene. What I like is how this one embraced a lot of the stuff from the first movie, yet if you watched 'em both back to back they're almost completely different, y'know? One's more of a retro/adventure, and the other's got the espionage feel. I mean, I definitely expected to like the movie, but I was really surprised by how much I ended up loving it in the end.

I'm not sure yet, and I probably need to see it a few more times, but The Winter Soldier just may be my favourite comic book movie.
cipher - 4/10/2014, 10:28 AM
Clem- Yep. I'm slowly going through Brubaker's stuff myself these past few weeks.
cipher - 4/10/2014, 10:32 AM
So, how many of you guys have made it a mission to start annoying your significant other with the "Hail Hydra" thing? Hehe, I know I have. The best way to do it is this-- first few days, say it loudly and at random times.. just to get her used to the routine, then start saying it under your breath a few days after that.. whisper it..

So that way, even if she doesn't quite hear you say it, it'll annoy her all the same because she'll think she knows what you said, and after all- sometimes what women think they know pisses them off more than what's actually going on.

;P
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