Production Begins on CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER; First Image Released; Black Widow to Have Leading Role

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Marvel has sent out a press release announcing that filming has begun on Joe and Anthony Russo‘s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Few details about the film are known, but the press release provides a brief yet informative logline: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier will pick-up where Marvel’s The Avengers left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.”  That’s a lot of new information, including the large role for Black Widow, and the setting, although we know there will be flashbacks to World War II.  Also, for those who don’t know, the “shadowy enemy” is the eponymous Winter Soldier, a.k.a. Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan).  The press release also confirms our earlier report that Hayley Atwell will return to play Peggy Carter.

Hit the jump to check out the full press release along with the first image, and click here for recently released concept art.  The film also stars Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens on April 4, 2014.

Image via Marvel:

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And here’s the press release:

MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON 2nd INSTALLMENT OF THE

ICONIC FRANCHISE “CAPTAIN AMERICA”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Commences Principal Photography

In Preparation for April 4, 2014 Film Release

BURBANK, Calif. (April 8, 2013) – Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”  “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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  • seth

    isn’t Robert Redford going to be in this film?

    • Rich woa

      Yes, it’s in the article.
      “In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.”

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  • Carl

    I hope he has a cool outfit like in his first movie.

    • Rich woa

      I didnt mind the outfit from The Avengers but I did like his standalone movie’s outfit more.

      • sajsdfhbf

        I loved the standalone movie’s outfit because it was a soldiers uniform. Captain America is a soldier, and should be dressed as one. Not in a cheap looking suit with a bunch of plastic.

      • Sam

        Seriously, google the concept art for Cap’s Avengers costume and you’ll see how awesome it was intended to look. Unfortunately the incompetent idiots hired to make the costumes didn’t know what they were doing and it ended up looking like a Halloween costume a mother made for her child.

  • Gögi

    i hope he has a cool shield like in the first movie.

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  • REALLY?

    I hope this doesn’t suck like the first movie.

    • spongefist

      I hear you mate, the first one was utterly shit. The worst of all of them by far. It was a crime.

      • spoogefist

        You two should get a room and when you’re done you can go jack off to Citizen Kane because it’s obvious your taste is so very sophisticated and utterly refined.

    • Bat-Liker

      Watch Dark Knight Rises, what a piece of over-hyped shit

  • dodoriz

    Does anyone else think that black widow is really uninteresting?

    • James

      Nope. Well, I can’t say I’m a fan of the character in the comics, but I like the way Scarlett Johansson plays her. She plays the role believably and with enough attitude to not get overshadowed by the guys.

    • Ur mom

      I think she’s uninteresting, but maybe it’s cuz she’s been in 2 films and she’s coming back again. I was hoping that Hawkeye would appear and have Black Widow play a minor role, but whatever.

    • matthew

      yes, the most uninteresting character for these movies, hawkeye’s stupid too, could have made him cool hawkeye, but “shield” hawkeye is just a waste of screen time

    • ever

      As portrayed by Johansson, yes. Very. Even Whedon couldn’t make her interesting. If a talented actor like Emily Blunt had been cast as Widow, as they originally wanted, it might have been a different story.

    • Well

      Just as uninteresting as the all of Avengers Initiative flicks aside from IM1. At least Scarlett is fun to look at, unlike these run of the mill products.

      • Bat-Liker

        At least Captain America is an original script, unlike Man of Steel…more DC recycled Homo-erotic garbage

      • spoogefist

        And yet here you are, wasting your pathetic life commenting and showing interest in these “run of the mill products”. Sack of shit.

    • Bob

      I think Scarlett portrays Black Widow great, at least on screen version. Not a huge fan of her in the comics. Her opening scene in Avenges was fantastic. And her scene with Loki was great as well. Plus, imo she’s straight up one of the most beatiful women in the world to me, and Black Widow is supposed to be that fine so yea.

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  • Dawson

    What about Hawkeye?!

    • spoogefist

      He was getting sassy on the Avengers set so they nixed his role in this film.

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  • daveyboy

    I wonder if this means that they are going to have the Bucky/Black Widow love story as a part of it.

    • spoogefist

      Yes it does, why else would Scarlet Johansen be in this.

    • Grayson

      yes please….

  • Superion

    Ugh, ANOTHER super hero movie? Who asked for this crap? This concept is so cliche and stale…move on Hollywood!

    • Pooperion

      If you have no interest why are you here? Did you click on this article just to be a cunt. Fuck off and go watch a Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com you piece of shit.

    • apple-new

      Marvel is moving forward with their movies.
      I can’t say that about DC-Warner. Hey DC execs…how about another REBOOT.
      Boring outdated characters.
      Batman…done that, Superman…done that. Green Lantern…HA!HA!

  • Sam

    Seriously, google the concept art for Cap\’s Avengers costume and you\’ll see how awesome it was intended to look. Unfortunately the incompetent idiots hired to make the costumes didn\’t know what they were doing and it ended up looking like a Halloween costume a mother made for her child.

  • Thinkaboutit!

    Cap’s suit in The Avengers rocked – much better than the suit in The First Avenger

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  • Hopeless

    So, Emily VanCamp as Agent 13? It’s kinda obvious she’s Sharon Carter by now. Ex Shield agent who is Steve Rodgers’ on-off girlfriend. Now I’m totally excited to watch this.

    Emily VanCamp <3

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