With Captain America: The Winter Soldier now playing here in the States (I’ve seen it and it’s fantastic), rumors abound regarding what could take place in the next Cap film. The directors of The Winter Soldier, Anthony and Joe Russo, have already signed on to return for Captain America 3 and have hinted toward the addition of the 1950s “psychotic” Captain America, who is, in a nutshell, “Captain America gone wrong”. Whether or not this is the case is yet to be seen, and a lot can change between now and the film’s May 6, 2016 release date, but just in case, we thought it would be best to get you prepped and suited up regardless.
Hit the jump for a rundown of what the 1950s Captain America comics run entails, which just might serve as a Captain America 3 preview when the Marvel sequel rolls around.
Pretend you are the US Government for a minute. You have created the ultimate soldier who helps you win one of the biggest wars to ever touch mankind. He is the perfect representation of American gumption and leads armies of men to victory as easily as he breathes. Right before the war is finished, however, said person is lost to the oceans and is thought dead, what do you do? Do you sit on your hands and mourn the loss of the super soldier, or do you try again? This was the origin of William Burnside who had discovered a knock off version of the super soldier serum and decided to inject himself with it. Burnside however didn’t want to just become Captain America, he wanted to be Steve Rogers as well, and thus went so far as to get plastic surgery to make himself look exactly like his then lost hero.
Putting on the Captain America costume and leaping to fight a Red Skull who prided himself a communist, as this was the time of the “Red Scare”, Burnside fought off the Skull but succumbed to madness due to the shoddy work of the super soldier serum he had ingested. He was cryogenically frozen and eventually revived in the present, still nutty as a fruit bat, and seeking to eliminate everyone he believed to be a secret Communist supporter (basically everyone). During this time, Steve Rogers was thought dead but was actually hurdling through time thanks to the Red Skull’s ‘time bullets’ (COMIC BOOKS!) and Bucky Barnes, formerly the Winter Soldier, had become the new Captain America. Barnes fought Burnside and ended up killing him as Burnside had attempted to create an American resistance near the Hoover Dam. Eventually, Rogers returned and took up the mantle of Captain America once again, and Bucky went back to being the Winter Soldier, albeit not as murder-y this time around.
Why Captain Insano?
William Burnside represents good intentions gone horribly awry and leads us to a foregone conclusion that hasn’t really been explored in the Marvel movie-verse. If the US government had this amazing super soldier at their disposal and had last him, do you really think they would have stopped attempting to remake him? Not only from the perspective of being a valuable asset on the front lines of any given war, but to also represent the American Dream wrapped around one man wearing a star spangled costume with a shield. Imagine how a “Captain America” that endorsed the Vietnam War may have changed the populace’s ideas on the war in general. What about one who was endorsing Desert Storm or the most recent Iraq War? How would this have changed the American people, and more importantly, what if they were to find out he was crazy to boot?
To be honest, it’s hard to think of a more perfect reflection of Captain America’s ideals and his place in the world than the Red Skull, however I think Burnside would hit a lot closer to home and make Steve Rogers really question his government and the way that they’ve been operating, not only in the present, but in the past as well. Steve lived in a world of black and whites and was shocked by the present culture of greys, but what if he was to discover that maybe the way he looked at the world back then was with rose tinted glasses and the world hadn’t changed as much as he had originally thought. These are questions that would make for some interesting conundrums in the now-confirmed third Captain America picture.
Star Spangled Antagonists?
As has been the case with the Captain America films, and the Marvel films in general, one villain usually is accompanied by others attempting to sour our heroes’ day, so who should join Mr. Burnside in attempting to send the nation into chaos? Well, there’s always the idea of bringing the Red Skull back into action. Last we saw him, he was sent to another dimension thanks to the Tessaract (just once I’d like for someone in the movies to call it the ‘Cosmic Cube’) and was thought dead, but this is comics, no one stays dead forever. While Hugo Weaving has gone on record that he wouldn’t be returning to the role, you can hire someone older than Weaving to portray the red faced villain as recasting isn’t something entirely new to Marvel films (as was the case with Terrance Howard being replaced by Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot).
Baron Zemo is another possibility but I feel that he’s a bit too close to the Red Skull in terms of motivations and back story, regardless of being one of Cap’s main villains. If Marvel really wanted to go out there, they may think of throwing in Baron Blood. Blood is a Captain America villain who is not only a Nazi, but a vampire as well. With the Doctor Strange film currently being discussed, it could make for a perfect way to start shoehorning the supernatural/magical aspects of the Marvel Universe into their more down to earth films like Cap. Finally, you could throw in Dr. Faustus, who’s a big lumbering big bearded fella who happens to have mental abilities which help cause problems for the good Captain. Not that much of a flashy villain, but he’s quite important to Captain America lore.
I could say a few more things based around the ending of Captain America: Winter Soldier, but I’ll wait until everyone has a chance to see, in my mind, the best Marvel movie that’s been made to date.