Captain America: Civil War isn't due out for another year and a half, but it's just about the most anticipated flick this side of Star Wars. Marvel, of course, is playing a lot of details on Civil War close to the chest, but the Captain America film's writers sat down recently and let slip a few precious details on who will be in the inevitable blockbuster and why.
Nobody outside of Marvel knows exactly what the House of Ideas is planning for its Cinematic Universe. We usually have to rely on big production leaks and speculation for films like Avengers: Age of Ultron in order to get the scoop, but there's sometimes the chance to divine a movie's secrets just by going straight to the source and talking to the people who wrote it.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have got a pretty good thing going, having penned both Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and they will be back for the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War. Sitting down with IGN, the two screenwriters said that the story of Civil War hasn't always been set in stone.
"It's been on and off the table for a while," McFeely said, "let's put it that way, and it's a challenge to do it and make sure that all the characters that we've established, and everyone's established in the MCU are serviced and sound correct."
McFeely said that the two want to make sure that the next Captain America film stays true to the characters that actors like Robert Downey Jr. have established and not "just sort of rip off their parts and make them look like them."
And what can we expect from Captain America: Civil War? McFeely said that the Russo brothers, who directed Winter Soldier, will likely stay with the feel of that movie, as it proved so successful.
"It's very well made and that's partly the texture of the movie. You can argue it's the most realistic of the Marvel movies, whatever that is to you. I think it's fair to say that a Russo brothers movie will stay in that vein."
This being a Marvel movie, the two screenwriters were of course tight-lipped on any truly juicy details, but they noted that it will be interesting to bring Chadwick Boseman in as the Black Panther. According to Marvel, Civil War will mark the debut of the Black Panther in costume, and McFeely is excited at the casting for the character.
"I'll keep that one close to the vest," McFeely said, "but I'm very gratified that they went with Chadwick and that he said yes because he's a good get."
There's also the potential for an appearance by Peggy Carter, who now has her own television series. Carter played an important role in The First Avenger, and she is connected to Howard Stark, Tony Stark's father. Since Tony Stark will be appearing in Civil War, will there be any interactions between him and Peggy?
"As we have not started shooting, and I'm on my fourth draft of many," McFeely said, "that question has been in and out all over the place so who knows... But we saw [Peggy] in Winter Soldier, so we know she's around."
Captain America: Civil War could prove just as important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. Word has it that the film will drastically alter the status quo in the MCU, with some even saying that it will lay the groundwork for a whole new Avengers team. Asked whether it was true that there had been attempts to bring Spider-Man home to Marvel with Civil War, McFeely fell back on a non-answer that has to be the refrain of just about anybody working under a Marvel non-disclosure agreement.
"I read that as well!" he said. "More problems for me!"