Anthony Russo on directing Captain America 2

News Simon Brew 25 Jul 2012 - 07:23
Captain America

With production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier due to start in a few months, its co-director has been talking about the project…

With all due respect to them, it was something of a surprise when Joe and Anthony Russo were picked to be the directors of Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America sequel, The Winter Soldier. It’s not that they’re bad choices – far from it – rather that they were unpredictable ones. We suspect they might be wise ones, too.

Turns out that it was as much of a shock to the brothers themselves. The pair, whose directorial work on Community firmly put them on Marvel’s radar, are set to get to work on the movie shortly. And Anthony Russo has been chatting to IGN about how they got involved.

“It sort of came out of the blue”, he confirmed, but as it turns out, Marvel were "big fans of Community. 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 there’s a cinematic sensibility being explored there that is in the language of those films”.

Confirming that he and his brother “were comic book geeks from a young age”, Russo argued that coming from television, with interconnected narratives from episode to episode, suits the Marvel cinematic universe. And while he wasn’t spilling much on The Winter Soldier, he did confirm “we’re trying to grow him as a character”.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release in April 2014.


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I'm curious as to what they can possibly do with Captain America, given he's now in modern times. This poster looks like its set back in the past, which means one of two things.

1) Time travel, which is very hard to pull off in films without being lame.
2) Its set before he crashed into the ice, which means it takes place smack-bang in the middle of the first film. And I don't recall any indication of there being a second plot brewing in the middle of the first CA film.

Keep a keen eye on this one please, Den Dwellers! I eagerly await more details :-) that not the poster for The First Avenger being used purely for this article?

The Winter Soldier is a modern tale is the animated "Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes" interpretation is accurate but there will be flashbacks.

Check out the graphic novel. It should be set in present day with flashbacks in and out of the past, from Bucky's death through to the present. I can't wait to see this one in motion.

That's simply the poster for the first film being used. The writers have already confirmed the sequel is set in the present day.

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