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?