New posters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released that show off Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled hero, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Marvel also released a production still showing MMA star Georges St-Pierre as the villain Batroc the Leaper. A digital comic prequel is available now.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4.
Can’t wait for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Well, you’re in luck.
Marvel has announced it is releasing a digital prequel comic ahead of the film’s theatrical release April 4. The title’s a mouthful – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Infinite Comic – but the new book promises to introduce characters and plot points from the upcoming sequel.
“If you’re a Captain America fan, this all-new adventure is rare sneak peek into the movie we still have to wait over two months for,” editor Bill Rosemann tells The Hollywood Reporter. “First, you get to see Cap rock his new stealth suit. Also, you’ll see one of his first missions working side-by-side not only with his Avengers teammate Black Widow, but also with Brock Rumlow, whose name should ring some bells.”
The comic will be written by Peter David (The Incredible Hulk) and drawn by Rock-He Kim.
In related Captain America news, it seems that Marvel is so pleased with rookie directors Anthony and Joe Russo that they are already in early talks to bring the pair back for Captain America 3.
No release date has been skedded for the third instalment, but Chris Evans is scheduled to return. The film will most likely be part of Marvel’s Phase 3.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier Infinite Comic is available via Marvel’s website and ComiXology.
Cap is set to battle three villains – Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Batroc the Leaper (Georges St-Pierre) and Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – with a present-day storyline that finds his best friend Bucky turned into a brainwashed assassin. Robert Redford, who is featured prominently in the new trailer, might also be playing a villain.
The ad seems to back up an earlier release, which hinted Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will play significant parts in the sequel:
“‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will pick up where Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.”
The film, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community), looks like it’s going to be wall-to-wall action, with a few laughs. I loved the first Captain America, and this could be even better. The action scenes (which I had some doubts about) look really well-choreographed.
Black Widow jokes with Cap about asking someone out on a date before he leaps off a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and we get our first look at Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. The film also seems to have shades of a 1970s spy thriller courtesy of Redford.
Check it out. I guarantee after watching, you’ll be left asking yourself: ‘Am I going to have to wait five months to watch this?’
Up until now, all we knew about Robert Redford’s role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that he was playing Alexander Pierce, a senior agent within S.H.I.E.L.D. Presumably it would be a small supporting role in what Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige said will be a “’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.”
But if you assumed he was going to be playing one of the good guys, you might be wrong.
During an interview with The Straits Times (via Here Be Geeks), Redford clarified the role and his comments, if true, revealed a huge potential spoiler.
He said: “I like the idea of playing a villain. … I did that just because it’s a different thing for me to do.”
Currently, Cap is set to battle three villains – Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Batroc the Leaper (Georges St-Pierre) and Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – with a present-day storyline that finds best friend Bucky turned into a brainwashed assassin. If Redford turns about to be evil, that’s a whole lotta bad guys.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will appear alongside Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled Avenger, with Anthony Mackie joining the superhero team as the high-flying Falcon.
If the news about Redford is true, he could be playing Red Skull and his “supporting role” could mean he’s the main bad dude around which all the other bad dudes revolve.
Of course, nothing is confirmed until Marvel says it is. But it’s fun to speculate.
In the meantime, Marvel has released two new pieces of concept art that show the Winter Assassin which look rather cool.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4, 2014.
I’ve never heard of the character, but here’s what Marvel says about him:
Batroc has no superhuman powers, but he is one of the most formidable unarmed combatants in the world. He has mastered numerous martial arts and is perhaps the world’s leading master of savate, the French art of foot-fighting.
Captain America 2 isn’t GSP’s first foray into films, but it’s certainly his highest profile role. Previously, the Montreal-native has appeared in such notable films as Death Warrior, Hell’s Chain and Never Surrender.
Seen any of those? Didn’t think so.
This casting news follows last week’s announcement that Oscar-winner Robert Redford is joining the film as a veteran S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Chris Evans will once again star as the Star-Spangled Avenger, with Anthony Mackie set to play Cap’s sidekick, The Falcon, and Frank Grillo portraying the villainous Crossbones, a New York gangster who works for the Red Skull criminal organization.
Joe and Anthony Russo (Community) will be behind the camera, which is part of Marvel’s Phase Two film series.
So, with this latest news do you think GSP has a future on the big screen? Let us know how you think he’ll do as an actor in the comments.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released on April 4, 2014