January 26, 2012

Neal McDonough Says Captain America 2 Shoots In 2012

While Marvel Studios seems to be tight lipped about any sort of sequel to Captain America. We've heard some rumblings previously from actors, writers and director Joe Johnston. McDonough being the most brash to state his character Dum Dum Dugan would be returning in the sequel along with a Nick Fury spin-off. Now according to a new interview with JoBlo, Neal is revealing Captain America 2's possible production start. It will be interesting to see if Marvel ends up shooting three films in 2012. This could lead to the studio ramping up productions on Ant-Man and Doctor Strange in 2013.

"Yeah, they’re planning (to go into production for) for the end of this year, because Marvel does one film at a time. So they’re going to do THOR 2 and as soon as THOR has wrapped, they’ll do CAP 2. Hopefully right after that, we’ll jump into NICK FURY because that’s the one I’m looking forward to more than anything."

What we do know is that the sequel could include more WWII flashback scenes include the return of The Howling Commandos and a 40's era Cap. Yet, the majority of the film would take place during the present day. We could see the exploration of the demise of Bucky Barnes and his resurrection by the Russians to become the KGB assassin Winter Soldier. Director Joe Johnston mentioned to ScreenRant that he'd love to make a movie about Winter Soldier. Seeing Bucky become a villain would be as complex as Loki in Thor, considering he's brainwashed into it. Johnston is expected to return as the sequel's director but there has yet to be an announcement.

“I’m not really worried about it. I told the Marvel guys that there is a character that I’m really interested in called ‘The Winter Soldier’ and that if, ‘you guys decide to make that picture I would definitely be interested.’ It’s the ‘Bucky’ Barnes story.” 

 “Just a little bit. We talked about ‘The Winter Soldier’ which is the continuation of what his story is. It’s basically that he is captured by the Russians and he’s brainwashed and turned into an assassin. But you know there are a thousand ways to go with that. I just think that it would be interesting to take a character that was in ‘Captain America’ and build a story around him. Plus, I like Sebastian Stan a lot (who played Bucky) I think he would be an interesting actor to build another feature around.”

 “Well I only signed on for two. The actors have to sign on for six, at least six, and I only sign on for two which is not to say that I wouldn’t agree to do more or that they would ask me to do more — I don’t know. But my point is that there are thousands of characters in the Marvel Universe, of which I am only familiar with a very few of them and it might be interesting to sort of go into the Marvel vault and find a character that you can develop a whole story around. I would definitely be interested in doing that.”

In early drafts of the script for the first film both Baron Zemo and Baron von Strucker had been included. This was confirmed by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely during an interview with IFC. This gives the impression that one or both could be used in the sequel. If Strucker makes the sequel we should expect the resurrection of Hydra and the inclusion of his second in command Madame Hydra. The duo have handed in an outline for Captain America 2 and could have continued the process since.

"There were a few classic villains that were planned for the first film, only to be removed in subsequent drafts. The pair previously revealed that evil despot Baron Zemo was in an early draft, but he wasn't the only sinister side character in those versions of the script. "

 "Baron Strucker was in there for a while, but he wasn't doing enough to justify wasting him in the film," said McFeely. "We certainly tried things, and ended up settling on the more useful Red Skull and Arnim Zola. But they're all still on the table," 

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