Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director(s): Anthony Russo and Joe Russo
Writer(s): Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson
Release Date(s)Apr 4, 2014 - Wide
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In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Captain, a.k.a. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), is still doing missions for S.H.I.E.L.D while trying to come to catch up with a new life in a new decade. When a friend gets attacked and freedom gets threatened, Captain America and the Black Widow, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) team up to fight the threat and the powerful Winter Soldier.
The modern day isn’t always so clear cut for Captain America. Who are the enemies? What is justice and how is it related to freedom? Producer Kevin Feige says that, “…Steve Rogers is still transitioning into the modern world. He’s still working alongside Nick Fury for S.H.I.E.L.D and is picking it all up relatively well, but there’s still a sense of loneliness and we wanted a good portion of this story to be about Steve Rogers discovering his place in the today’s society.”
Directors (and brothers) Anthony and Joe Russo wanted to bring real-world grounding to the story, especially as the film’s tone reminded them of a 1970’s political thriller. “You can’t have a thriller without stakes, and stakes are emotional; stakes have to play real, especially in a political thriller, which has contemporary themes to it,” says Joe. “You have to play as real as possible in order for the audience to properly relate to the storytelling, otherwise you’re losing a layer of texture. You’ve got to make the audience care.”
The pair also felt that the type of story they were telling lent itself to a handheld cinema vérité style of shooting.
“The movie is really two different films,” says Joe Russo. “It’s a thriller until the end of the second act. Once the plot is revealed, and Cap’s mission becomes clear, it becomes an adventure film. We were extremely mindful of that construction in the development phase. We knew that the thriller component would allow us to lean into a character-based realism. But we also knew, cinematically, that when we got to the third act, the movie would grow into a Marvel film. It would have that scale and scope that Marvel’s famous for.”
Check out Captain America’s new battles when Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in North America on April 4th, 2014.
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