We have three months until Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters, but Marvel is already taking the next steps for its favorite star-spangled superhero. Variety is reporting that directors Anthony and Joe Russo will be back for Captain America 3, even though the movie “hasn’t yet been officially greenlit.” Although negotiations haven’t begun, Marvel was very pleased from the critical reception the movie was getting at test screenings, so they moved fast to sign the brothers up for another film.

Variety’s sources say that although a writer and release date have yet to be chosen, “Marvel and the Russos are already putting together an outline of what the third film’s story arc would look like.” So far only Chris Evans is set to return for the third installment, although I suspect that characters like Falcon, Crossbones and Agent 13 are being set up for future movies after their introduction in The Winter Soldier.


I’m extremely pleased with this news, but not too surprised. For one thing, it’s considered OUT of the ordinary these days for a successful superhero movie not to get the trilogy treatment. Also, like I stated earlier, The Winter Soldier has already been lauded at both test screenings and the people involved. Even Ed Brubaker, the writer of the original Winter Soldier arc in the comics, said it was one of the best movies Marvel has ever made.

Marvel hired director Joe Johnston to make Captain America: The First Avenger into a fun, wartime adventure movie, while the Russo brothers have focused on making The Winter Soldier into a political thriller. I have high expectations for the sequel, and I doubt I’ll be disappointed, but part of me wants the third film to take on a different tone. We’ve gotten war, we’re getting political thriller, maybe the third could go for the sci-fi element, similar to what Rick Remender is currently doing in the Captain America book. It doesn’t have to be that, but a shift in genre might work.

Above all else, bring back Bucky! I haven’t even seen Winter Soldier yet, but I know I want to see his redemption play out on the big screen.


SOURCE: Variety