Are You Ready for Captain America… 3?

evanscapCaptain America: The Winter Soldier won’t be released until April 4, but Marvel Studios is already getting its ducks in a row for Captain America 3, and the co-directors of the second installment, Anthony and Joe Russo, have been invited to return, according to industry bible Variety.

There is no release date (probably 2016 or 2017) and no storyline (the brothers are working on an outline), but we do know one thing: Chris Evans will return as the Sentinel of Liberty!

‘Winter Soldier’ Sees Captain America in Crisis

Captain_America_2_13Steve Rogers and his heroic alter ego, Captain America, will be seen struggling to adapt to the 21st century in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

It seems that Cap didn’t have time for much angst in The Avengers, so his reflection time will come in this sequel.

Chris Evans talked to Empire magazine about Steve/Cap’s soul-searching:

“In The Avengers we had so many characters you have to address, you don’t really have time to sit with any single one. In this movie there’s a lot going on for Steve. He’s trying to acclimatize to the modern world. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s about trying to find how he fits. He’s a man from the 1940s. He’s just woken up. For everybody else, it’s been a slow burn to get to where we are in 2014. But for him, suddenly there’s the internet, cellphones and The Patriot Act. The technology’s new to him and so is the access the government has to that technology.
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This Winter Weather Makes Me Think… ‘Winter Soldier’

With all this blasted snow around these parts (the Northeast USA), I prefer to think about warmer weather — like, say, April 4, which just happens to be the day Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens.

Like the last batch, these images do a good job of making this sequel look like action-packed fun. In fact, all of the promotional material — the teaser poster and the first trailer — has been hugely effective, in my book.

Good to see the Falcon finally getting some love — and even Frank Grillo’s Crossbones. (Anyone else remember Grillo from THE SHIELD or, better yet, GUIDING LIGHT?) Robert Redford is at the center of swirling Oscar rumors for his role in All Is Lost, so he’s getting more attention in the promotional materials for Winter Soldier. This is the first good look I’ve seen of this movie’s version of Cap’s (Chris Evans) uniform. And who ever needs an excuse to run a photo of Scarlett Johansson?

New ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Photos

A few more images from Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released to either help tide us over until April 4, or to make the torture of the wait that much more exquisite…

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo and Robert Redford.

First Trailer From ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Following the release earlier this week of the most majestic (and ass-kicking) teaser poster of 2013, we at last get a glimpse into the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger in spring’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I really like this clip because it seems to give a taste of what the movie will be like overall: Some character banter, some politics and a whole lot of jaw-dropping action. What I’m excited about is the film seems to treat Cap (Chris Evans) with the reverence he deserves.

It looks like the Black Widow will have a more significant role than originally rumored — but who’s going to complain about more Scarlett Johansson? We also got a glimpse of Anthony Mackie as both Sam Wilson and the Falcon in action! Of course Sam Jackson is Sam Jackson, but Robert Redford appears to fit right in as Alexander Pierce, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I get more and more psyched for this movie the closer we get to April 2014.

Why Does Snowpiercer Repel Me?

Can someone set me straight on Snowpiercer? The upcoming Bong Joon-ho-directed movie about the dregs of humanity living on a single train that endlessly circles an Ice Age-ravaged world is getting rapturous early buzz, especially in places overseas where people have actually seen it. So why am I planning to avoid it?

Snowpiercer sounds to me like a flat-out stupid premise, and the trailers — like this one, from France —  look as dull as the film’s muted color palette. What’s wrong with me? Why don’t I want to see Chris “Captain America” Evans lead a band of filthy rebels in an all-out attempt to capture the… er, engine of a train?

 What’s so wonderful about this damn movie? What am I not seeing?

Maybe Snowpiercer Won’t Be Edited So Heavily…

snowpiercerevansPerhaps director Bong Joon Ho’s hit movie Snowpiecer will be hacked to pieces for American audiences after all.

The Korean action flick has a ridiculous premise — one that actually makes SHARKNADO sound rather plausible: in the future, the last remnants of the human race ride a train on an endless around a world gripped in a new ice age. The rich ride upfront, while the poor are in the rear. But there’s a revolution brewing, one led by Chris Evans‘ Captain America Curtis.

Not that that is precisely the movie American audiences are likely to see. At least, not in mainstream cinemas, since The Weinstein Company — which owns the U.S. distribution rights — has ordered massive reediting to dumb-down the story for the U.S. market. On the plus side, TWC is letting director Bong supervise the cuts.
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Will ‘Snowpiercer’ Be Another Failed Graphic Novel Adaptation?

Highly-regarded Korean writer/director Bong Joon-ho (The Host) has managed to come up with one of the worst ideas for a movie that I’ve heard since… well, since somebody suggested Gore Verbinski make a Lone Ranger movie. Bong has written and directed the graphic novel adaptation Snowpiercer.

The movie purports to tell the tale of the last survivors of the human race riding on a train that endlessly circles the globe following a new ice age that wipes out most living things on Earth. Seriously, that’s the premise. The story sees the “freeloaders” who live at the end of the train attempt a revolution by seizing the engine of the train from the privileges upper class at the front of the train.

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Captain America Meets the Winter Soldier

wintercapIn this piece of concept art for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we see Cap (Chris Evans), sans mask, battling his nemesis in the sequel, who is actually — wait, this is worth not spoiling.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the comic book series and thus do not know the shocking identity of the Winter Soldier, do yourself a favor and avoid spoilers for the next year or so. If the movie producers keep the comics storyline, I promise the reveal will be worth it.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is slated for release in April 2014. And with Guardians of the Galaxy following in August, 2014 looks pretty spectacular.