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‘Captain America 3′ Could Feature ‘Psychotic 1950s Cap’

After The Winter Soldier, what’s next for Marvel’s Captain America franchise?

We know that brothers Anthony and Joe Russo will return for the third installment, reportedly set for May 6, 2016, with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely already on board. But what will the next adventure of Steve Rogers entail? Will it dive back into the Ed Brubaker-penned comic books that inspired The Winter Soldier‘s story?

Speaking with Den of Geek, Markus and McFeely opened up a little bit about their vision for the next chapter.

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“You can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there,” McFeely said. “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.”

“We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know,” Markus added. “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. … All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap.”

That last part is very interesting. Are Markus and McFeely looking to introduce William Burnside to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the same man who posed as Captain America in the 1950s while the Super-Soldier was on ice? Burnside factored into Brubaker’s run in interesting ways, so there’s certainly ways to fit him into the MCU’s interpretation of the Captain America mythos. As with all things Marvel, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Opening April 4, Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Haley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Max Hernandez,  Georges St-Pierre and Robert Redford.


  • Derek Metaltron

    Whilst I do love that idea, some people miht think the character would be too similar Winter Soldier, who effectively is a Dark Cap in a way. One the other hand it would be a great storyline to redeeming Bucky in or even have him replace Steve without needing to resort to Civil War for inspiration.

  • Steven Simmons

    I don’t think you’re going to see Winter Soldier take over as Cap until Evan’s contract is up.

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  • J.p. Ducey

    Burnside could be cool. Take some elements from Protocide who was another failed Super Soldier Guy. Sin and Crossbone would be cool too, but I think we need to wait and see what happens with Brock in WINTER SOLDIER first.

  • Peter Parker

    I have a sneaking suspicion that they are going to kill him in Avengers 3 if they do the Infinity Gauntlet.

  • Alex

    I need a Baron Zemo father/son, WWII/modern day story. Get some more WWII Cap story told with Evans.

  • LightningBug

    Lots of good stories to be told here. He strikes me as a good fit for a sub-villain obscuring a greater threat.

  • sackman11

    Hope this isn’t true. To me, there are many other, better Cap stories to tell. Don’t think that we need another “super-solider serum gone wrong” connection in the Marvel cinematic universe. Unless they start showing up (as more than cameos) in Winter Soldier, we need to see Zemo, M.O.D.O.K., and a present day Arnim Zola in Cap 3.

  • Tophman

    I echo the sentiments that Baron Zemo ought to be part of Cap’s corner of the Cinematic Marvel U. He’s an iconic Cap villain and using his son (or progeny) as the present version would work very well with Steve Rogers’ story. Who knows, it could even be a jump off points for a smaller-scale “Thunderbolts” (Justice Like Lightning) movie featuring villains posing as heroes and (some) actually enjoying it.

    Although I’d love to see MODOK, I doubt it’ll happen considering the Cap U to be a bit more grounded in reality than the other Marvel U films. Needless to say, it’s too soon to speculate as a lot can happen between The Winter Soldier’s release and pre-production on the next sequel. Nevertheless, I have confidence in Marvel’s ability to produce great character driven spectacles (but please… no more Iron Man 3).

  • Jason A. Hoffman

    I’d rather they introduce Super Patriot (aka John Walker aka USAgent). Back in the day Walker stood for “traditional values” and you could tie that into the Tea Party to make it more contemporary and play up two versions of America and if Cap even represents the American Dream anymore. Then you can just play off that or go further by having Cap forced to resign and Walker taking over as Cap, and then have Red Skull behind the whole thing to tarnish the legacy of Cap (since Walker killed people and was kind of crazy back then). And in the end Walker can become US Agent, show up on Agents of SHIELD or whatever.

  • PretenderNx01

    I read that Chris was under contract for 6 Marvel movies (presumably 3 Cap and 3 Avengers) and somewhere I saw recently that Sebastian Stan was under contract for like 9 movies.

  • Tyler Schleyhahn

    I really hope I live to see the day when the black Captain America aka. Isaiah Bradley from Truth: Red, White, & Black can be featured at some point. The story found its roots in the real life Tuskegee Experiments.

  • Tyler Schleyhahn

    Isaiah Bradley aka. The Black Captain America.

  • Tyler Schleyhahn

    Truth: Red, White, & Black. The story of the black Captain America Isaiah Bradley.

    Project: Rebirth begins as a collaboration between US, British and German eugenicists led by Dr. “Josef Reinstein” (real name Dr. Wilfred Nagel), and Dr. Koch. When World War II begins, Koch takes over the German program and Josef Reinstein takes over the American program. Each attempts to recreate the super soldier serum which had previously turned Steve Rogers into Captain America a year prior to Pearl Harbor. Reinstein’s early attempts to refine the formula are tested on African-Americans. Three hundred of these soldiers are taken from Camp Cathcart and subjected to potentially fatal experiments at an undisclosed location, as seen in Truth: Red, White & Black. Only five subjects survive the original trials. In the name of secrecy, US soldiers execute the camp’s commander and hundreds of black soldiers left behind at Camp Cathcart. The government tells the families of the three hundred subjects that their loved ones had died in battle.

    Due to field missions in Europe and internal strife, Bradley emerges the sole survivor of his test group. He steals a spare costume and a shield intended for Captain America before he engages in a suicide mission to destroy the Super-Soldier efforts of the Nazis at the Schwarzebitte concentration camp. There, he is able to assassinate Koch, but the mission ends when the Germans capture Bradley. Nazi interest in the American supersoldier is high; he is even brought before the Führer himself, who decides to dissect him in order to reverse engineer his powers and send the spare parts back to America as a message. Bradley is later rescued by German insurgents, only to be court-martialed and imprisoned at Leavenworth around 1943. In 1960, Bradley is pardoned by President Eisenhower and released.

    Considered to be the “Black Captain America”, Isaiah Bradley is depicted as an underground legend among much of the African-American community in the Marvel Universe. A number of the most noted Africans and African-Americans of the twentieth century’s last four decades visit Bradley as a sign of respect and, in many cases, hero worship. He receives fictional visits from Malcolm X, Richard Pryor, Muhammad Ali, Angela Davis, Alex Haley, Nelson Mandela, and Colin Powell. Outside the Black community, however, he remains largely unknown. When he arrives as a special guest at the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther, several African-American heroes are awestruck, including Luke Cage (who describes him as “the first me”), Goliath (Bill Foster), Monica Rambeau, Triathlon, and the Falcon. However, the Canadian-born Wolverine is totally unaware of the man’s identity or importance.

    Josiah X aka. Justice:
    Main article: Josiah X
    While Isaiah is in prison, the government attempts to use his altered DNA to create another Super-Soldier. After 39 attempts the result is a child named Josiah, Isaiah and Faith’s genetic son. Josiah X, as he would later call himself, is born to a surrogate mother, who smuggles him out of the government’s clutches.

    Steve Rogers aka. Captain America:
    Meanwhile, the long-term effects of the test serum severely damage Isaiah Bradley’s mind and body, similar in part to the effects of various steroids and Alzheimer’s. In 2003, Steve Rogers (Captain America) learns the truth behind the Super-Soldier program and attempts a reconciliation with the now-childlike Isaiah Bradley. However, Captain America never discovers that the true mastermind behind the Super-Soldier program is the clandestine organization Weapon Plus and that Bradley is only one in a long line of Weapons, including Wolverine and Fantomex.