Just as Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought sweeping changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more is coming in Captain America 3.
Speaking with Crave Online, co-director Joe Russo -- who was behind the camera with his brother Anthony for the hugely successful The Winter Soldier -- promised that Captain America 3 will include a game-changing twist similar to the collapse of the Hydra-infested S.H.I.E.L.D. that we witnessed earlier this year.
Russo explained, "The big thing we knew we had to deal with in Cap 2 was the fall of Hydra. Similarly, there is a very, very big idea at the center of Cap 3,” adding that the idea "alters the universe as a whole in some way."
That idea is somehow connected to the full title of the May 2016 release, which Russo said has been around for a while and will be revealed soon. He hinted, "If you’ve been talking to [Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige], the title has been in place probably for 10 years in his brain. It’s all part of the road map that he’s laid out, and it’s all part of the bigger plan.”
While that central idea is part of the core plan for the Marvel Universe, Russo also said that other details -- like the movie's villain, its basic plotline and its tone -- will be left to him, his brother and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who have all returned for Cap's third standalone movie.
Keep in mind as well that whatever happens in The Avengers: Age of Ultron next May will also have an impact on Captain America 3, which comes out a year later, and that reverberations from Cap 3 could then be felt down the line in The Avengers 3 and other films. It's an immense set of dominoes that the Marvel brain trust is playing with here.
So, what do you think the "big idea" and title for Cap's next movie could be? Captain America: Civil War? Captain America: The Secret Empire? Or even ... The Death of Captain America?
(via The Hollywood Reporter)