A few months ago Marvel decided to re-hire Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus to get started on the script for a sequel.
In a new interview the writers said that, while they are still in the early stages, they have lots of ideas but won’t really know which direction to go until Captain America is released. Do they continue the story during World War 2, or follow Steve Rogers in the modern world post-The Avengers?
MARKUS: We’re very early, still. This is the fun part — when we can say, “Hey, we can do this!” and everyone says, “Yeah!” No one says anything negative at this point in the process. We have a million great ideas and haven’t thrown any of them out yet. That being said, it’s sort of a weirdly huge opportunity for storytelling in that you know modern Cap through the Avengers at that point, and just by the nature of what we were talking about before, there’s going to be a lot of his World War II history we haven’t shown. We’re going to have two entire timelines to play with.
McFEELY: I wonder if the reaction to [“The First Avenger”] will steer us in some way. First, if it does well… Then, if it does well and people embrace the World War II aspect of it, maybe there’s pressure to return there in a large way. But if they don’t embrace that aspect and just love Chris Evans as Steve, maybe there’s less pressure to do that — you can just keep him in the Avengers universe.
Chris Evans revealed recently that he signed a 6 movie deal with Marvel (3 Captain America movies and 3 for The Avengers) so if the first movie is a success in July they can dive back in to the next film.
Captain America: The First Avenger will be released July 22nd and also stars Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as Bucky, Samuel L. Jackson as Nicky Fury and Tommy Lee Jones as General Chester Phillips.