Kevin Feige has revealed that Captain America: Civil War will, in a way, bring an end to Captain America’s trilogy. And, in the process with these comments, rumors have already started to swirl over what that will mean for its characters.
Feige made this admission at a recent question and answer session to mark the release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron on both DVD and Blu-ray.
After being probed about how much Captain America will actually feature in Civil War, Kevin Feige explained, via Comic Book Movie, “It’s very much, in a certain way, the completion of a Captain America trilogy.”
But what does this actually mean? Well, those of you who want to avoid some Captain America: Civil War spoilers might not want to read ahead.
That’s because in the Captain America: Civil War comic book series that the film is based on, Steve Rogers actually dies at the end of his dispute with Iron Man. Feige’s comments could certainly be interpreted as a tease that the movie version of Civil War will follow the same pattern.
This could then lead to either the Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie, or another Marvel superhero then wielding Captain America’s shield in future films.
However, Feige’s comments could also be interpreted to mean that Winter Soldier actually dies. Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, who has been played by Sebastian Stan throughout the Marvel universe, has been an integral figure throughout Steve Rogers’ journey.
In Captain America: First Avenger, we originally saw him as Steve’s best friend, who joins Rogers into battle but then is presumed dead after he falls from a train. However, in Captain America: Winter Soldier, he returns as the titular villain who has been brain-washed, and Steve is intent on returning the character to his old ways.
In the promotional material for Captain America: Civil War, it’s been teased that Rogers succeeded, as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier has been shown to be on Captain America’s side that will go up against Iron Man in the film.
Alongside Captain America and Winter Soldier, there’s also Falcon, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Agent 13. Meanwhile, Iron Man will have the Vision, Black Panther, Black Widow, and War Machine.
The potential death of Winter Soldier would certainly be a powerful way to end Chris Evans’ trilogy of Captain America films, as the character has been ever present during his arc.
Alternatively, maybe Marvel won’t kill either character off. Like Robert Downey Jr. with Iron Man 3, Captain America: Civil War could just bring it to an end in a thrilling and suspenseful manner while still leaving room for these characters to return in future instalments down the line.
Meanwhile, Kevin Feige, who works as Marvel Studios President, is clearly very happy with the work that the studio have done on the three Captain America films.
He declared, “I think one day you’ll look back and watch – Captain America: The First Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Solider, and Captain America: Civil War – and it’ll be one of the most unique and different trilogies ever around a single character.”
This was a conscious decision from Marvel Studio when they set out to make a movie trilogy that revolved around Steve Rogers and Captain America.
Originally, Joe Johnston has hired to oversee Captain America: The First Avenger. Johnston was one the of most influential special effects experts in movies during the 1970s and 1980s, as he helped to create the original Star Wars films. Johnston has since become one of Hollywood’s most formidable action directors thanks to his work on Jumanji, Jurassic Park III, The Wolfman, and The First Avenger.
Then, Marvel Studios took the rather big risk to hire first-time feature filmmakers Anthony Russo and Joe Russo to direct the follow-up, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The pair flourished, though, and the film was praised for having a suspenseful and genuinely thrilling plot as well as some of the best action scenes that Marvel had created up until that point.
The Russo Brothers proved to be so popular that that pair have been asked back to not only direct Captain America: Civil War, which will feature a lot larger ensemble, but they’ve also been tasked with directing the two Avengers: Infinity War films. This means that their style and voice will be prevalent as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand and becomes even larger than it is at the moment.
Captain America: Civil War will finally be released on May 5, 2016.
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