Captain America 2 Is Happening

Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan as depicted in...

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Continuing my Avengers centric theme, it’s just been revealed that Captain America 2 will start filming this year. Speaking to IMDB, Neal McDonough, the actor who played Dum Dum Dugan in last year’s Captain America: The First Avenger, revealed that a Cap sequel would likely start production by the end of this year. He also revealed he is set to star in a Nick Fury movie, alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

It was always likely a Cap sequel would take place. For me, it was last year’s dark horse. A movie many predicted would flop, actually managing to be one of Marvel’s best yet. Sure, it was lacking in some areas, particularly villain and side character development, but it was a fun, story driven film. A sequel has a chance to build on the excellent groundwork already set, and deliver what could potentially be Marvel’s finest movie yet. Like the last movie, Captain America 2 will likely face a struggle to win over the sceptics. There are some ways it can help itself though, and here’s my prediction for how it may turn out.

1) Introduce The Winter Soldier:

This has to be the main draw. When we last saw Cap’s partner Bucky (Sebastian Stan), he was plummeting to his death over a mountain. It’s a little different to his comic book origin, but Cap fans expect to see the Winter Soldier in film form at some point. Bucky Barnes has reached an all time popularity high, after writer Ed Brubaker controversially brought him back to life in the pages of Captain America in 2005. Adding him to a Cap sequel, will only aid the movie by giving it an emotional driven story. X-Men: First Class showed superhero films about friendship can be done well, so Cap should do the same.

2) Mix The Modern Day Setting With Flashbacks:

What makes the Captain America comics so compelling is that they are set in the present day, but constantly feature flashbacks from various WW2, and Cold War scenes. There’s no reason the Cap sequel couldn’t replicate the success of the comics using this formula. WW2 settings could be used to add gravitas to the Steve and Bucky friendship, while a Cold War setting would be brilliant for exploring the origin of the Winter Soldier. It would be challenge to weave through the timelines, maintaining a constant narrative, but if Marvel pulled it off it could easily be their best movie yet.

3) You Don’t Need Hugo Weaving For The Red Skull:

Cap fans were disappointed last year, when Hugo Weaving announced he has no plans to return as the Red Skull. Granted Weaving was impressive in the roll, but Marvel are no strangers to recasting, and a certain plot device allows them to easily recast the Red Skull for a Cap sequel. In the comics, the Cosmic Cube is responsible for transferring the Skull’s conscious into other bodies, and the Skull even used this to take on the form of Aleksander Lukin, the man left in charge of the Winter Soldier. The plot is already there, Marvel could easily transfer it on screen. The only problem is, it wouldn’t make for great popcorn entertainment, as the story wouldn’t involve as much action as the last film.

So there are three paths I think a sequel to Captain America could explore. With Marvel risking oversaturation of the comic book movie market, every film they produce needs to win over critics and fans. A Cap sequel could easily do this.

 

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  1. April 1st, 2012

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