Marvel's Captain America sequel isn't set to hit theaters until 2014, after The Avengers, Iron Man 3 and more have already expanded and shifted the Marvel film universe. But Captain America: The First Avenger writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are already outlining their sequel plans, and they're using Joss Whedon's The Avengers script as a guideline.
In an interview with IFC to promote the DVD release of Captain America next week, Markus and McFeely said they recently turned in an outline for Captain America 2 to Marvel and are now awaiting notes. Working on the film means a lot of focus on keeping the story in line with the shared Marvel movie universe, and that means making sure everything they do jibes with everything Whedon is doing in The Avengers.
Whereas Whedon previously consulted with them on how Cap should be portrayed in The Avengers, the roles are now reversed, and they're consulting with him on the future of The First Avenger.
"Yeah, it's going the other way around now," explained McFeely. "We needed to read Joss's Avengers before we could go on and do Captain America 2. We needed to see if he did anything different, character-wise—and he hadn't, he's an excellent writer—but we also needed to see what he had done in terms of Steve poking around the modern day and dealing with it."
As for what Captain America 2 will be about, Markus and McFeely were understandably quiet, but they did speculate a bit on the merits of the various time periods the story could be set in, including the possibility of revisiting Cap's World War II years.
"So much of Captain America's adventures occur in the present day, so there are a lot of things I'd like to touch on," said Markus. "That said, we did leave the center section of Captain America baggy enough to let him have adventures you didn't see [in the first film]. So, we kind of have enough room to play with [for the sequel]."
"Still, if he had another adventure entirely set in World War II, the stakes are kind of lessened," added McFeely, "because you know he survives and you know what happens to Bucky and you know the Howling Commandos survive long enough to have a toast in a bar."
"You know Cap wins, and you know that whoever he was fighting didn't destroy the world, because you've already seen things that happen after it," agreed Markus. "So the stakes are, well ... But then again, did that bother anyone with the second Indiana Jones movie?"
So, we probably won't know anything concrete on this flick until well into next year at the earliest, but it's nice to know Marvel is committing to make sure these flicks fit together.