In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Marvel apparently is moving quickly on a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, a good five months before director Joe Johnston’s movie opens.
Latino Review reports that the studio has hired Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the screenwriters behind Captain America, to pen a follow-up that presumably would take place in the present day and following the events of The Avengers. No further details are mentioned.
The sequel, which would probably be released in summer 2013 — following the May 3 premiere of Iron Man 3 — naturally opens up the possibility of a Winter Soldier story, with Captain America (Chris Evans) confronting a presumed-dead Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who had been programmed as a Soviet assassin. Is Captain America: Winter Soldier too much to ask for? Eh, probably.
In the meantime, Captain America: The First Avenger opens on July 22. It stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, Richard Armitage, Natalie Dormer, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.