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Captain America Sequel Will Be ‘Darker, Edgier,’ Co-Director Says

Between the film’s subtitle and casting developments, there can be no doubt Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will borrow heavily from the acclaimed story arc of the same name. But just in case there was a question, co-director Anthony Russo all but answered it Tuesday during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

While stopping short of calling the sequel an adaptation — “I mean, they’re all sort of rooted in what’s come before, but they’re all also their own jumping-off point as well” — Russo confirmed to The Huffington Post that the film is at least heavily influenced by the story by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and Mike Perkins.

“Well, we like the [story]. I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things,” he said. “I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain [America] in the modern day.” Russo added that he and his brother Joe will be having lunch with Brubaker soon.

He also sidestepped questions questions about possible appearances by Bucky Barnes, Sharon Carter, S.H.I.E.L.D. or any of the Avengers, saying, “Marvel would shoot me if I answered.”

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which goes into production early next year, stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie. The film opens April 4, 2014.


  • Hybrid22003

     “Darker, Edgier”Why do they keep saying those words,as if it was a good thing?

  • Nilla

    Yeah, I agree with the overuse of that, but in this case, it’s definitely a good thing. The last movie was very lighthearted. The Winter Soldier story was a pretty dark story.

  • Ian

    No doubt it’s to justapose the difference between the sense of clear cut morality in the 40’s vs the moral ambiguity of today.  Cap no doubt will lose his moorings of having a sense of belonging to the America of today.  The third film besides whatever villian will no doubt be about reigniting a sense of patriotism in Cap’s fellow 21st century man.

  • Ticklefist

    What a very 2010’s thing to say.

  • Andrew

    I simultaneously adore that story, and adamantly believe that Captain America was the worst superhero movie in a decade.

  • Andrew

    adaptation rather, I forgot james gunn’s ‘super.’ which is sort of like all the late-80s cynical watchmen-reactionary garbage combined into an hour and a half in which ellen page takes dwight from the office against his will.

    Cap A was marginally better than that, I walked out a little less angry.

  • mobbdeep

    With a new movie comes a new costume (more toys!) and I hope it falls somewhere closer to The First Avenger costume than the clown outfit Cap wore in The Avengers. 

  • Chris Schillig

    Andrew, I loved Captain America. He’s a herothe audience can root for. 

  • ZBaksh386

    in this case, it makes given the winter soldier isnt light-hearted but i do want them to focus on the more lighter aspects or superhero elements of the character.

  • Guydc3

     I thought the first one, while very entertaining in my opinion, could have benefited from an edgier tone in dealing with the concentration camp horrors of WWII. I guess that would have made Cap a more Nolan-esque film. I don’t think Cap will be all grim and gritty in the sequel, but I do hope it leans more towards serious and does away with some of the campier moments of the first film. Which again, I enjoyed. Hm, maybe I’m too close to having seen TDKR to really be objective. haha

  • Elfap

    Wait, that means you think Spider-Man 3, X-Men 3 and Superman Returns are all better films? Granted its your opinion, but worst than Spider-Man 3? I can’t buy that.

  • Ian

    Different strokes I guess, Cap’s movie is the only Avenger affiliated film that has made it’s DVD appearance on my shelf.

  • Ian

    Ok, AMEN on that!  The first costume from the movie was GREAT, the one from the Avengers film was an epic fail from mid-torso up.

  • Ian

    Is it an apparent crime anymore in either super hero movies or the comics to want to root for a POSITIVE and INSPIRING super hero, as opposed to all the dark angst crap we usually get?

  • RunnerX13

    Of course it was lighthearted, it’s Captain America, not Batman.

  • Nilla

    I wasn’t saying that it shouldn’t have been lighthearted. I love that film. But Brubaker’s Winter Soldier story is a very dark story, thus the tone should be different from the last film.

  • Nilla

    Forget Spider-Man 3. Daredevil. Ghost Rider. Daredevil. Ugh.

  • FredII

    Dang it, I know the Winter Soldier is a big story right now (until Brubaker kills him permenantly at the end of his run) but I was really hoping the story in Cap II would be the the cap and bucky from the 50’s awakening and challenging Steve’s right to the name Captain America.  I guess the Identical Cousin’s angle was just too comicbooky for the big hollywood types.

  • Marty

    Was he quoting Dana Gordon?

  • Adam

    What works for batman doesn’t work with other superheroes.

  • Guydc3

     Not saying dark and angsty. War is hell though. I meant more of a Thin Red Line type of approach with Cap. Dark doesn’t have to mean angsty.