Captain America 2 Scribes Discuss Return To The 40s

Eager audiences will get to see Captain America joining the ranks of his fellow superheroes in The Avengers, but the Captain America sequel is also already in the works. The scribes co-writing the sequel, Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, discussed the sequel in an interview with PopcornBiz. Among other things, they mentioned that Captain America re-visiting the 1940s as well as a role for long-time comic book sidekick The Falcon.

Captain America was based in the ’40s, but at the end of the film Captain America finds himself in the present day. The writers of the sequel envision a return to the 40s, and purposefully left some openings in the original film for further exploration in Captain America 2.

We certainly want at least a portion of the ’40s. The span of the movie is about two or three years, and there’s a few times in the film where you jump four months ahead, you jump six months ahead. So we did that with the intention of saying, ‘Okay, there are certainly unseen adventures that Captain America went on in that period that if we want to, we can go back and explore later’.

One of the problems with too much time in the past is that Captain America became a superhero known as a kind of “man out of time.” If the script has him too much in the ’40s, they can lose the opportunity to explore that facet of his character.

It might be doing a disservice not to address the present day Cap, particularly because so much of the comic book run right now is present day Cap – that ‘man out of time’ is the icon. The Captain America that most people know is really from kind of the reboot, when Stan Lee brought him back in ’63 and ’64, frozen from a block of ice. So his biggest personality trait is that he’s this man out of time, and for us, we didn’t have the opportunity [to explore that]. This was a guy in the RIGHT time.

And both Markus and McFeely would love to explore the comic book character of The Falcon, one of the comic’s first black superheros, as well as present-day love interest Sharon Carter.

I want both of them! Sharon is meaty, almost to a point where you get a little uncomfortable because her relation to Peggy has shifted over the years, as time has passed. She’s the sister, she’s the cousin, she’s the niece. You have to walk a fine line there because it does seem like you’re dating your girlfriend’s daughter. Falcon is awesome. We can’t play with time so much to have Cap go back to Harlem in the ’70s and clean up the streets, but it would be awesome to go straight up, like, ‘Shaft’ with Cap and the Falcon.

Sounds like we’ll be seeing some jumping back in time in the upcoming Captain America 2, and the two new characters will add some great new dynamics. What do you think? Is that something you’d like to see?