The Russo Brothers Say CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 Continues the Steve/Bucky Relationship

     August 5, 2014


It’s an impressive feat for any film to crack a $90 million opening weekend at the box office, but Marvel Studios is 2 for 2 this year in that regard.  Guardians of the Galaxy just opened to a stellar $94.3 million this past weekend, and earlier this year Captain America: The Winter Soldier launched to $95 million, which currently stands as the second highest opening of the year.  Marvel has already confirmed sequels for both films, and the first out of the gate will be Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.  The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo are returning to helm the third standalone Cap film, and they’re currently hard at work developing the pic.

With The Winter Soldier hitting Blu-ray next month, the Russo brothers recently spoke a bit about Captain America 3, revealing that it picks up “a couple years” after the events of the second film and will continue exploring Steve’s relationship with his resurrected pal Bucky.  Additionally, the Russo brothers reiterated that they will be returning to television to direct a few episodes of Marvel’s upcoming new series Marvel’s Agent Carter.  More after the jump.

captain-america-3-joe-russo-anthony-russo-chris-evansSpeaking with Yahoo! Movies, the Russo brothers were tight-lipped with regards to specific Captain America 3 plot points, but they did reveal some of the larger themes that will be explored:

Although the heart of the movie will be Steve Rogers’ complicated relationship with his childhood friend Bucky Barnes, the themes of politics and power will still be in play. “The character was invented for an explicitly political purpose. So it’s hard to get away from that nature,” Anthony tells Yahoo. It’s also important to the directors that Captain America doesn’t become another disillusioned antihero. As Joe sees it, “his morality is part of his superpower.”

The brothers also promise that they’re “bringing some new elements to the table that will give us a twist on Winter Soldier”, but didn’t really elaborate on that front.  Could we see Bucky or another character pick up the Captain America mantle?  As the expiration dates of Marvel’s contracts with its principal actors loom closer, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the studio start threading in the possibility for other characters to tackle the monikers of “Iron Man”, “Captain America”, etc.

hayley-atwell-marvel-agent-carterBut before production begins on Captain America 3, the Russo brothers will be returning to their roots.  Many were surprised that the duo was hired to helm the Captain America sequel since the bulk of their credits involved directing television, including many episodes of Arrested Development and CommunityAt Comic-Con it was revealed that the duo would be helming a few episodes of Agent Carter, and they confirm today that they will be directing “several episodes” of the new Marvel TV series Marvel’s Agent Carter, which is a 1940s-set spinoff focusing on Hayley Atwell’s  Peggy Carter character from the first Captain America film.

Given that they were tasked with exposing the HYDRA conspiracy to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, might the Russo brothers also be portraying the early days of HYDRA’s S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltration?  We’ll find out soon enough when Marvel’s Agent Carter premieres on ABC in January 2015.

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  • Leo Spaceman

    For me Bucky’s story was the best part of an already stellar film. It wasn’t some overly dramatic climax with loud explosions. It was a man quietly making the decision to turn his back on the only life he knew and save his friend.

    • Kyle Chandler

      The movie had a lot of great character beats, and the winter soldier was fantastic. Really looking forward to Cap 3.

    • D

      That’s a lovely point, enhanced, I think, by the fact the Bucky hardly knew who Steve was, but he still ultimately knew that they were friends and that he had to save Steve. As though there are qualities to true friendship that have nothing to do with the understanding of identity, but are more instinctual and primal. The emotional core of the Cap movies is so wonderful.

    • Aquartertoseven

      He didn’t have a story! In his own film! He didn’t do anything, it was awful writing.

      • milo

        Except that he did.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Except that he didn’t, only becoming open to change during the end credits.

  • Thomas K.

    I’d be lying if I said I cared about the Agent Carter show.

    I love Hayley Atwell, especially as Peggy…. But …

    It’s a show about a former love-interest’s to a Superhero that will not be in the Show.
    It’s pretty much a Lois Lane show, militarized, in the 1940s.
    I don’t know, maybe it will be Great, and Unique, but I’m just not seeing it.

    I mean, we’ve all seen how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. turned out.

    • David

      Did you see the Peggy Carter short film that Marvel made?
      I thought it showed a lot of potential for a possible series. If you’re skeptical, that might change your mind.

      • Oliver Queen

        I’ve seen it and loved it but i’m afraid i agree with Thomas K, the problem is i don’t think it’ll get the recognision it deserves if the show is good because it’s not a name show with a known comics character, i hope it will but doubt it will. That being said i will be watching and supporting the show weekly.

      • Oliver Queen

        *recognition XD

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  • TigerFIST

    I’m sure they will sign for extended contracts. It would be stupid not to.

    • kez

      chris evans seems to be more interested in directing these days though, and he was reluctant to sign on to captain america in the first place. i wouldnt expect him to extend his contract any further.

      • ellid


        He said back in April that he was having a good time playing Cap and would be happy to extend his contract.

      • DM725

        I’m going to need you to link that because everything I have read/heard seems to point to him wanting out after Avengers 3.

      • DM725

        I’m going to need you to link that because everything I have read/heard seems to point to him wanting out after Avengers 3.

  • appolox

    I think having directors who are familiar with the source material will benefit it greatly, and give it an edge of offer Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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  • yrulaughing418

    If their plan is to loosely follow the comics, once Evans’ contract is up they’ll hand over the shield to Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson

    • Kez

      i think its more likely they’ll hand it off to bucky first, but it’ll be interesting to see

    • ellid

      it’s more likely that they’ll first extend Evans’ contract, and then have a second actor play the part. The way they’ll set this up makes it all but impossible for Bucky to take over as Cap (a former HYDRA secret weapon with two dozen confirmed and publicly known kills, among them Howard and Maria Stark, as Captain America? In what universe is this even vaguely possible, let alone probable?), and the business with Sam as Cap will be over well in time for the character’s 75th anniversary in two years.

      Add in that Sebastian Stan has zero track record as a leading man, and the odds of Buckycap happening are not good.

    • CommanderBlue

      Actually, loosely following the comics would have Bucky pick up the shield, since they’ve already been loosely following Brubaker’s Winter Soldier stuff, so I see no reason why they’d completely abandon that part of the comics. They could, but don’t forget that Buckycap was a part of the comics too. IMO it would be more interesting to see such a wildly different character from Steve pick up the shield, than someone like Sam who has it all together and is so much like him.

      Of course they could just kill Steve through half of Avengers 3, have Bucky take up the shield for the big fight, and then reboot everything after that.

    • Strong Enough

      america would burn before a black cap goes on screen

  • Kyle Chandler

    “bringing some new elements to the table that will give us a twist on Winter Soldier”

    -To me, that kind of reads like they’re diverging from any known arcs from the comics. We’ll see, though!

    • ellid

      They have NEVER strictly adhere to the comics. Never. Why everyone now thinks they will when it comes to Cap (and only to Cap, unless there are people convinced that the next Thor will be Beta Ray Bill) is beyond me.

      • Kyle Chandler

        I feel the same way! I actually saw an article saying that “Chris evans is retiring”, and then went on to talk about the changes in the comic like they were absolutely going to impact the movie.

        I hate when people that don’t speak “nerd” try to weigh in on these things. Just enjoy the movies and leave the heavy lifting to people that can internet.

    • CommanderBlue

      Well they already have, like I find it interesting that Bucky isn’t getting his memory back with the Tesseract, but rather through the power of his relationship with Steve. It’ll be really interesting to see how things change in the next film. Hopefully one of those new elements is Steve and Bucky and Sam beating the stuffing out of Crossbones. :D

  • Kyle Chandler

    “bringing some new elements to the table that will give us a twist on Winter Soldier”

    -To me, that kind of reads like they’re diverging from any known arcs from the comics. We’ll see, though!

  • vitextreeradar

    it would be cool if bucky became the captain at the end of the third movie and steve was promoted to some higher responsibility, whatever that might be.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    Great idea to continue the relationship between Bucky and Cap.

    What I’m interested to know is how they will segue the Hydra story to connect with Thanos – the ultimate baddie. Or will those connect at all?

    Same thing with the Ultron story in Avengers 2.

    Seems like still a pretty steep plot curve exists from where the Guardians ended to where Thanos presumably gets his hands on all the Infinity Stones.

    I hope they build progressively into it and not just rush through to that Phase 3 finale. Felt that Guardians was a bit ‘rushed’ in that aspect, though still a good movie.

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