Winter Soldier director hints that Captain America 3 could be the last one

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Aug 27, 2014, 8:14 PM EDT (Updated)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo are making the rounds in anticipation of the Sept. 9 home release of Marvel’s hit superhero flick, and they’ve revealed some very interesting tidbits about Captain America 3, including the fact that it could be the last entry in that particular franchise ... which might seem like a strange thing to say given the massive financial success of the second entry in said series.

Speaking to MTV News, which asked if Captain America 3 would be the last one a la Iron Man 3, Anthony Russo had this to say:

"It is a hard question to answer because it gets to the specific of where the narratives are going. I will say this: yes, for satisfying storytelling, you want a beginning, middle and end. That’s the natural arc that we all thrive off of in narrative." He continued, "The great thing about the Marvel universe, just like the publishing, it’s a very vast, inter-connected universe, where characters will have their rise and fall, so to speak, and hand off to other characters,” Anthony Russo said. “As the cinematic universe moves forward, you may start to see the cinematic universe adopt that same pattern, as the publishing has, where there’s closure with some characters and new beginnings with other characters. How those hand-offs are made is always part of the fun."

Well, that's not THAT surprising since we already sort of expected the Captain America movies to be a trilogy — especially considering the fact that Chris Evans has signed on for six flicks: namely Cap 1, 2 and 3 and Avengers 1, 2 and 3. If, and we mean if, Sebastian Stan, who plays Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) BFF Bucky Barnes (aka the titular Winter Soldier) and has signed on the dotted line for nine movies, becomes the next Captain America, it would be the start of a new Captain America franchise.

But, moving on.

Speaking to, the directors also teased the storyline for Cap 3:

"We just got another incredible draft from the writers and are very excited about the film," Anthony Russo told "I can't divulge who is going to be in the film, but I think the fans are going to freak out when they hear about it."

Freak out, eh? Color us intrigued. About Stan’s awesome Winter Soldier, the co-director added:

"The relationship between Cap and the Winter Soldier was never resolved at the end of the last movie. Thinking about where that relationship can go is a piece of the puzzle for us for sure. That character is a wonderfully, beautifully tragic figure in the sense of is he the world's most feared assassin or is he the world's longest serving POW. Is he innocent by reason of insanity or the equivalent of it because he's been mind controlled or is he irredeemable? Is he ever going to be acceptable to Cap again as the friend that he used to be before he was the Winter Soldier? These are very philosophical, emotional questions that pique our interest and definitely form one layer of the next movie."

As for the rumored appearance of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, or any other Avenger, for that matter — including Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow (who was an integral part of Winter Soldier), both directors remained tight-lipped, with Anthony Russo only offering this:

"As far as where else we want to take the character, we just want to keep moving Cap forward," says Anthony. "We wanted to push the character forward into the modern age with The Winter Soldier, and we want to keep pushing the character forward. We always want to be true to who Captain America is, but we want to surprise people about where he can go and what he's capable of. That's about as specific as I can get about where we might take him."

Captain America 3 is set to be released in theaters on May 6, 2016.

(via Comic Book Movie)