Whedon Reveals How "The Authority" Influenced His "Captain America" Story

Not only will the upcoming "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #7 celebrate the 75th anniversary of Steve Rogers' debut, it will also reunite writer Joss Whedon with his "Astonishing X-Men" collaborator, artist John Cassaday. The pair will contribute an eight-page story to the special issue, which will see Whedon write the comic book version of Captain America for the first time. Whedon wrote the character in the feature films "Avengers" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron," and he talked to Marvel.com about the differences between the two versions of the character.

"It's not that different," said Whedon. "It's the first thing I did when I got the Avengers [film] gig was write just scans of pages of arguments between Captain America and Iron Man, just sort of laying out who their characters were by how they couldn't stand each other. His character was my sort of lynchpin [for] 'The Avengers' because [of what] I wanted to say about how people have changed and we've gone through a world that values Steve Rogers to a world that values Tony Stark. [Tony is] rich, he's obnoxious, and he thinks he can solve all the problems and will die if people stop paying attention to him. I mean, don't get me wrong -- Tony's a dream to write and Robert [Downey Jr.'s] amazing at it, but Cap contains a kind of assertive squareness that I think we legitimately missed."

Working with Cassaday also holds a special place for Whedon, thanks to the artist's contribution to the movie version of the character. "I associate Johnny with Cap probably more than any other character certainly in the [Marvel Cinematic Universe]," said Whedon. "I know he redesigned the outfit and he kind of was the guy who brought Cap back into the main view. Johnny's work has always got that timeless time hopping quality. And so Cap, and specifically WWII Cap, when you have Johnny wanting to throw that down for eight pages it's impossible not to answer the call and quite frankly, you can tell that I kept my mouth shut, and I worked out the story but I did not realize that I wasn't going to put any dialogue in the bulk of the action scene because the more I wrote the more I was like, 'Um, Johnny explains everything, I don't have to.'"

Whedon also revealed the original inspiration for the story, which came as part of an inter-company crossover that Whedon desperately wanted to do with DC/WildStorm's "The Authority."

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"I had had a very big concept years ago that I desperately wanted to do which actually was a crossover with Captain America and Jenny Sparks from 'The Authority,'" said Whedon. "It was about Captain America early in his career learning about the history of America -- what's good and bad about how this country was formed and how that's reflected in Europe, and so he didn't have this jingoistic bad view of Europe and so the point that's made in the little piece that we do here [in 'Captain America: Sam Wilson' #7] is how I wanted to end that [original story], which is him realizing what his purpose is and it's not, you know, to hit people."

"Captain America: Sam Wilson" #7, the 75th Anniversary issue of Captain America, hits stores on March 30.

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