CAPTAIN AMERICA Sequel Writers Discuss Story Ideas Including Sharon Carter & Falcon
Published: August 25, 2011 - 9:41pm
In a recent interview, scribes Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely discuss balancing the Star-Spangled Avenger as a World War II icon and a "man out of time." Also talked about are the possible inclusion of Sharon Carter and Marvel's first African-American Superhero (and frequent Cap Comrade): Falcon.
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the NAZI'S in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment... Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by "vita-rays." Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later,he was given his first assignment as Captain America.Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.
While acknowledging what had previously discussed in interviews about leaving gaps in the first film to have room for more WWII adventures for Steve Rogers AKA Captain America, the writers spoke about the need to bring forward the character's modern story which is integral to his cultural identity:
"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. For us, we didn’t have the opportunity [to explore that]. This was a guy in the RIGHT time."
[Asked about Sharon Carter and the Falcon.] "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 ’70′s and clean up the streets, but it would be awesome to go straight up, like, ‘Shaft’ with Cap and the Falcon."
Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Haley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones and Neal McDonough. The film is directed by Joe Johnston and is scheduled for 2D and 3D theatrical release on July 22nd, 2011.