“Captain America 2” Begins Filming

Posted: April 13, 2013 in Movie News

Captain Rogers, silhouetted against the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem.

Captain Rogers, silhouetted against the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem.

Filming has officially begun for Marvel’s shield-wielding superhero sequel, and with it a host of new spoilers revealed, beginning with a first photo (shown above). Captain America: The Winter Soldier  is slated to open one year from now and will pit Steve Rogers against the modern world and a certain secret someone from his past. Rogers will also keep affiliations with S.H.I.E.L.D.

Slated to return are S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Black Widow (reprised by the hard-hitting Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (reprised by the incomparable Samuel L. Jackson). The film, as with its sister movies Iron Man 3 and Thor 2, is set to take place after the events of The Avengers.

Capt America and the FalconCap will also have the marvelous honor of being assisted by The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker). The Falcon has an influential history with Captain America, first appearing in one of his comic books, fighting crime side-by-side and making them somewhat of a Batman/Robin duo. The two did battle against the Red Skull as well as many other dastardly villains. The Falcon is also the first African-American superhero to appear in Marvel comics.

But perhaps the biggest and most remarkable piece of news is that Rogers’ life-long friend Bucky Barnes previously seen in Captain America: The First Avenger—–you know, the one who plummeted to his death?—–will be returning for the sequel, thus proving that comic book characters never truly die (which makes you contemplate whether Agent Coulson is really dead as well). But while Barnes’ role in the first Captain America  was loyal friend, his role in this film will be reversed. In fact, the “Winter Soldier” is a reference towards his character.

Bucky Barnes-----once-friend turned enemy.

Bucky Barnes—–once-friend turned enemy.

While I am eager to see what cleverness Marvel will conjure in portraying Cap truly a fish out of water, a part of me also wonders if the modern world is the right place for the titanic character. While it worked well in The Avengers, surrounded by other modern superheroes, it has always seemed that the best place for him was in the 1940s, fighting the Nazi swastika.

What are your thoughts? Does this Captain America sequel sound promising? Or is Cap’s place truly 70 years in the past? My consolation is that his position in The Avengers seemed quite plausible, and Steve Rogers has always been a flexible character, using his full mental capacity and perfectly adapting to his surroundings.

 

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