March 25, 2014


Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released this weekend and Marvel already has set a release date Captain America 3. The third installment is set for May 6th, 2016 which will take place post-Avengers: Age of Ultron. Marvel has brought back the Russo brothers to director and are working the screenwriters on the script. Franchise writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus are also back.

It's crazy to think the third movie will actually be fifth Marvel movie with Steve Rogers. While it's hard to predict what is going to happen in the next film, we've had a few hints what could be in it. Of course, a lot of this could change in the next two years, but here's what we have so far. An easy assumption to make is that Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and others will be returning.

VILLAINS: Thomas Kretschmann who plays Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, has confirmed there is future for his character within the MCU (post-Age of Ultron). This makes perfect sense as Strucker is the face of the modern-day version of HYDRA and could be the type of standout main villain the franchise needs. Baron Zemo has also been teased in Winter Soldier concept artwork (one of their off-screen WWII missions was titled "Operation: Zemo"), and at one time both were in early drafts of The First Avenger script.

Crossbones is expected to make a return, depending on the outcome of Winter Soldier. We've heard that Drew Pearce is considering making a Crossbones and Sin Marvel One-Shot. Sin just happens to be the daughter of The Red Skull and is the villainous partner of Crossbones. She eventually takes the place of her father as the new Red Skull. If Marvel decides bringing back the original Red Skrull might be too difficult to explain, this might be their second option.

Now that it's possible HYDRA could be resurrected, we might finally see Cap get a female villain, which is long overdue. Madame Hydra is a longstanding Cap villain, but has yet to make an appearance. While Fox has ownership of her other codename (Viper), the title of Madame Hydra and her real name of Opheila Sarkissian can be used in Marvel's films. Opheila is also Strucker's second in-command, making her more likely to be used.

While speaking with BadassDigest franchise writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus gave hints to where the third film could be going and reveal that another Ed Brubaker storyline might be used. Christopher Markus hinted at "psychotic '50s Captain America". William Burnside is so obsessed with Captain America he changes his name to Steve Rogers, gets plastic surgery and takes an untested "super-soldier serum". His story was recently explored in Ed Brubaker's run of Captain America and would see the mentally-damaged would-be hero exploited similar to how the Winter Solider, eventually becoming a villain known as The Grand Director (a version of the villain brainwashes Sharon Carter). I wouldn't be shocked if Bucky's puppet-masters end up making a return, or perhaps Strucker and HYDRA are involved. While it's an interesting concept the writers are known for giving false information, previously teasing Modok for the second Captain America film.

McFeely: Oh yeah, you can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there. 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.

Markus: We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know. 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....(after pressured).. psychotic ’50s Cap.”

UNION JACK: James Montgamary Falsworth was played by J.J. Feild and is apart of the Union Jack mantle (Cap's British counterpart and fellow Invader). Being apart of the Howling Commandos, it's possible Steve will try to track him down or his family members. He eventually passes the torch in the modern-era to Joey Chapman (revealed to exist in Iron Man 2 as a professional F1 racer). Having a British member of Cap's team could open it up a bit internationally, since we've been getting mostly American supporting characters. It makes perfect sense for a political thriller like Winter Solider, but adding international members to his new team could harken to his Howler days. Possibly taking outsiders (non-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents) as members of his new unit, very similar to Sam Wilson/Falcon. 

Considering the new series Agent Carter is on the way which will likely show the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D., including characters like Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and Falsworth (Feild) would make a lot of sense. Placing Union Jack in both the 40-50s and modern day could be very cool way to explore the tradition of passing down the heroic title. 

Since Bucky got a bit of resurrection in The Winter Soldier, it would be nice to see Marvel dust-off other members of the Howling Commandos. Even if it's just another Falsworth such as Jacqueline Falsworth/Spitfire or Joey Chapman who is given the title. Passing the title to a S.H.I.E.L.D. outsider could also make for an interesting way to introduce Joey as Union Jack. Making him a daredevil rogue, who is chosen for the heroic title rather than earning it. 

YELENA BELOVA/BLACK WIDOW II: Marvel's Kevin Feige has pretty much confirmed that Black Widow's stories will be told within other Marvel films. Stating she's pretty much stuck as a supporting character. Sharing major screentime in features like The Avengers, The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron. Exploring her world in more depth could give us villain and Thunderbolt member Yelena Belova. The successor to the Black Widow title, is also known as Little Spider. Giving Natasha a rival/enemy of her own could be a way to give her own mini-adventure within a bigger story. 

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