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Back in June, we told you about Captain America writers’ intentions to make the sequel set in modern day. Now, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are discussing the possibility a little more at length! As well as what that would entail for the character development. When the two writers sat down with The HD Room to talk Captain America: The First Avenger they found themselves disusing what the sequel would be like.

See what Markus and McFeely told The HD Room:

Obviously next year’s The Avengers has been in the works for years now, and all the other pieces to the puzzle (Iron Man, Hulk, Thor) were going to be released ahead of Cap. While writing Captain America, were there parameters regarding what you could and couldn’t do with Cap so as not to disturb the grand scheme of things, or were you guys kind of given a blank slate?

SM – Well, The Avengers sort of determined the movie we could tell. We knew that we had to get Cap to the modern day by the end. You know, we realized we have to make this guy more-or-less die and then wake up 70 years later; we knew he’d have to sacrifice himself at the end, so we sort of created a narrative that’s perfect for Cap and freed us up to do a story about who this guy is.
CM – We were also freed up quite a bit, because we’re set 70 years before the other movies, so it wasn’t like, “We can’t put Cap here, because this is happening over there.” And those things are concerns when you’re dealing with Iron Man or the Hulk, because those movies are all kind of operating within six months of each other, so it was all pretty wide open from that standpoint.

We talked a little bit before about the boundaries you’re stuck with in regards to the greater Marvel Movie Universe. You guys have been tapped for the sequel already, so here’s the obvious question: What’s in store for Captain America down the road?

SM – I think it’s safe for us to say that it’s primarily set in the modern day. That seems to have been the biggest question people have been wondering about regarding the sequel. Most people know the story of Captain America as the story of this man out of time, and because The Avengers is such a big movie, and because [Avengers director] Joss Whedon has so many moving pieces, we’ve been left with room to explore Cap entering the modern day wondering, “What is all this? What’s happened to the world” and so on.
CM – We made a movie where the world was in context for Steve Rogers. It was a movie where it was a more pure time, where there were clearly black-and-white, right-and-wrong, good-and-evil scenarios. And Cap is a guy who symbolizes that. Now he’s in the now, and there is nothing black-and-white. So what do you do with that guy? How does he react to a much more uncertain time? So you’re given this huge new palate to work with, but you can keep him the same.
And that’s the fun of getting to do a sequel. Captain America, Steve Rogers, he’s pretty firmly established. Now we can take him through some different places.

There has been a lot of back and forth of whether the movie would be modern day or set in WWII. Were you expecting the sequel to be in a modern day setting?

  • Clive

    Without bringing in time travel it would be pretty difficult to set it in WWII.  It’s a little disapointing though, a major factor to me liking Captain America was it’s unique setting and interesting supporting characters.  I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what they do with the story but I personally think fish out of water stuff should be left to comedies and not put in Superhero films.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louieschuth Louie Schuth

    THe latest I had heard was that it was going to be half WWII and half present day. I have no qualms with either WWII or present day, but I don’t think both would work very well. I’m glad they chose one to focus on.

  • Farah

    I think they could set it in present day and then flashback to WWII. It could be fun to see how things parelles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    I’d be okay with modern day. It’d be not only an actual battle between good and evil, but also a battle of morals between the standards of the 1940′s, versus the standards of the 2000′s… I feel like that would be another layer onto the story. I don’t want them to go back and forth through anything other than flashbacks, though… I feel like adding time travel to the story would murder it, and that would be a shame… Especially considering how much I enjoyed the first film.

    • http://twitter.com/Kay_Rou KayRou

      Yep, I agree with everything you said! I think your point about a battle of morals between his 1940s standards and the modern day standards is a great one.

  • http://twitter.com/Kay_Rou KayRou

    I was surprised to hear that there was any qualms about what time period this was going to be set in. Given the end of the Cap movie (when he wakes up) and the Avengers movie, I just assumed that it would be set in modern day. If they set it in a time before the Avengers movie, wouldn’t it interrupt the continuity that the Avengers movie is striving for?

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