Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s Avengers 2 connection and Anthony Mackie on meaty role

Captain America The Winter Soldier

We’ve got a couple of news for Captain America: The Winter Soldier including the connection to The Avengers 2 and Anthony Mackie on his “integral” role.

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have revealed some insight on how both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World (which they are also penning) will be connected to Phase 2 that leads up to The Avengers 2. When planning this out, they want to make sure they’re getting it right, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige steering them in the right direction.

McFeely: Kevin is the dungeon master, so if there’s something we really need to know, he’ll tell us, but he doesn’t steer us. With rare exceptions does he say “We can’t do that because of this next movie.” More often than not he’ll say “Let’s get this movie right and whatever falls out after that,we’ll address in the next movie. We’ll make sure that we don’t steer that movie in the wrong direction.

Markus: And more often than not, when you’re thinking of the movies as a whole, it’s “What do you want the state of the world to be when Avengers 2 kicks off?” It’s never like, Cap has to put down a briefcase so the Hulk can pick it up. It’s never that specific. It’s sort of like, “Where do you want loyalties to lie when that movie opens?”

Freely and Markus then discuss the difference between Thor 2 and Cap 2.

“Cap is much more about realism. They’re tonally quite different genres, almost, so things get a lot more way out in Thor so the chance of tonal overlap is pretty slim.”. McFeely adds, “We’re inheriting that story so we didn’t come up with the story for Thor 2. We just came in and said ‘How can we tell this better and differently?’ So your question doesn’t really come up to us. We say ‘Here’s the problem Thor is dealing with. These are the people and this is the plot. How do we balance character and plot efficiently here?’ And we do the same thing with Cap, but in that case we’re just on it for much longer.”

As for the differences we can expect for Captain America: The Winter Soldier compared to The First Avenger, this is what they had to say.

“It’ll feel like a different genre, we can say that. We’re very proud of the first one because it was our love letter, and Joe Johnson’s love letter, to Indiana Jones, so it had that Forties vibe to it. This is much more of a modern conspiracy political thriller. So it’s a fast ride. The action will fell commensurate. You’ll see Cap fight in a way that you have never seen before, or at least not for him. The DNA is the same, but the animal is different.”

Anthony Mackie discusses his meaty role and the types of training he’s working on for his character, Falcon.

“I’m happy to say that I’m in a good deal of the movie and I play an integral part with Captain America taking down the winter soldier. It’s great. They started the shoot 2 1/2 weeks ago and once I finished doing press for ‘Pain & Gain,’ I go in and join them. I’ve been doing combat training and fitness training just to get prepared. It’s going to be something and I’m excited for it.”

Mackie shares his thoughts on the leaked Captain America suit.

“They just released pictures of the costume last week. It’s more of a military style tactical costume. He’s more along the lines of Captain America as far as superhero as opposed to a true superhero.”

Sometimes actors don’t know anything about the source material before they joined the project. This is the case with Mackie.

“I had never heard of the Falcon. I knew nothing about him. Once they sent me the comic book and told me everything they wanted me to do, I read up some and looked up his story. I’m really excited. He’s a cool character and we need that. We that (black) superhero that looks like them.”

In an interview with Collider, he talks about slimming down after doing Pain and Gain.

“Well, it’s more so a cardio thing now. I mean, you know, if you’re a super hero… I didn’t want to get too bulky. You know there’s a lot of limitations to how big I was for Pain and Gain, whereas with this I just want to be fit, you know. I just want to be in shape to where I can go in and do all the stunts and all the things I feel like I would need to do to bring this character to life. So, it all depends. I met with the studio very early on and I told them I was going to throw on some weight and get bigger and they said, “No, no, no, no don’t do that. Stay a smaller weight and we’ll figure out something character-wise.” So, you know, that’s kind of what it turned into.”

Thor: The Dark World strikes into theaters on November 8, 2013, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014. The Avengers 2 will annihilate the box office on May 1st, 2015.

Via /Film, Black Film, Collider

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