Insane 1950s Cap Story Hinted For CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

It’s no secret that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is being hyped as one of Marvel Studios’ best films. Part of that is because it’s closely adapting the original Winter Soldier storyline by Ed Brubaker. If there’s one thing fans love in a superhero movie, it’s when the film takes its inspiration from an iconic story. Well, it’s possible we’ll be be getting another iconic story arc for Captain America 3, and this time it comes from a rogue Captain America lookalike.

In a recent interview with Badass Digest, The Winter Soldier writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley said they would be looking towards the comics again for threads to be used in the third movie.

McFeely: Oh yeah, you can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there. And we always go back to the comics and dive back in and look at anything we’ve missed in the last few years that might be relevant.

Markus: We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know. Even more grounded than in the other MCU movies. And so it kind of rules out Cap fighting the Dinosaur Man or something like that. There are some that aren’t gonna start and other ones that — I mean there’s a couple we’re playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. Which we’ll not reveal.

When pressed further by the interviewer, all Markus stated was, “psychotic ’50s Cap.”


For those who aren’t’ familiar with the “’50s Cap,” he was created to retcon the Captain America comics released in the 1950s after it was revealed that the real Captain America was on ice during this time. They came up with William Burnside, a man so obsessed with Captain America that he changed his name to Steve Rogers and had plastic surgery to look like him. Hired by the FBI, Burnside injected himself, and his sidekick Jack Monroe, with an unproven “Super-Soldier” serum. Together they became the new Captain America and Bucky, but the formula soon drove them insane, and they were put in suspended animation. Decades later, they were reawakened to kill the real Captain America and Falcon. Burnside was later brainwashed and became The Grand Director.


This sounds like it would be a really fascinating story. While Winter Soldier could be considered the opposite of Captain America, 50’s Cap could be shown as what happens when Cap’s image is tainted by another. I could definitely see S.H.I.E.L.D. or the U.S. government creating a fake Cap to boost public morale, only for it to bite them in the ass. The question is whether they’d hire a new actor to play Burnside or have Evans go double duty and play both roles.

(There are possible SPOILERS ahead in this next section, FYI).

On a separate note, McFeeley and Markus may have accidentally slipped up spoiling the fate of a previous Cap villain. When asked whether they adapt a story (Winter Soldier) the same way they would a novel by taking certain elements and being faithful to the tone, McFeeley said, “Exactly right. Like, you know, we kind of knew we’re not gonna use the Cosmic Cube. We’ve been there, we’ve done that. He’s not Russian exactly. He’s not a Soviet experiment.” When the interviewer followed up on this later, he laughed and stated, “I only said that because I think it’s fairly clear he didn’t die in that first movie but fucked off into Wonderland.”

Yeah, I think we all guessed that Red Skull didn’t die in the first movie. We can probably expect to see him in the future, although this does ruin many a fan’s theory that Alexander Pierce is a disguised Red Skull.

Captain America: The First Avenger

SOURCE: Badass Digest