Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the screenwriters behind Captain America: The First Avenger, are in a curious sort of limbo. Hired in February by Marvel to return for the sequel, they're left brainstorming ideas, and waiting -- waiting to see how audiences respond to the first film, which doesn't open for another three months.
That reaction, they concede, may influence which direction they take and when the sequel is set. That's right, following the debut of The Avengers in 2012, the screenwriters are open to revisiting the past for Captain America 2.
"We're very early, still," Markus tells MTV's Splash Page. "This is the fun part — when we can say, 'Hey, we can do this!' and everyone says, 'Yeah!' No one says anything negative at this point in the process. We have a million great ideas and haven't thrown any of them out yet. That being said, it's sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there's going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven't shown. We're going to have two entire timelines to play with."
McFeely adds, "I wonder if the reaction to [The First Avenger] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well ... Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there's pressure to return there in a large way. But if they don't embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there's less pressure to do that — you can just keep him in the Avengers universe."
Directed by Joe Johnston, 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.