At ComicCon Marvel revealed that the Captain America sequel will be called Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The first thing to take from this is that Marvel is breaking away from the numbers game (Iron Man 2 & 3), but it may also hint at what villain we can expect in the next film.
The Winter Solider storyline in the comics involves Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stan in Captain America: The First Avenger. In the movie Bucky was recruited by Steve Rogers as part of his special team, but fell to his apparent death during the train ambush sequence.
In the comics Bucky’s cold-preserved body, minus one arm, is found by a Russian General called Vasily Karpov. The Russians take Bucky to Moscow where he is given a bionic arm, and as Bucky has no memory of his identity they reprogram him as a Soviet assassin called the Winter Soldier. Bucky is kept in a cryogenic stasis when not on missions as his memory implantation causes mental instability, and as a result he is only a few years older in the present day.
This will obviously allow Sebastian Stan to reprise the role if this is where the sequel is heading (the title suggests it is), and will give Captain America a villain who he has a personal connection with instead of [insert evil bad guy here].
Anthony and Joe Russo, two brothers who have direct episodes of Community and Arrested Development, were recently chosen to direct the sequel, and Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus wrote the script.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit April 4, 2014. What do you think of the title?