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.
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.
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.
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