Winter Soldier screenwriters drop 'psychotic' Captain America 3 hint

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Mar 20, 2014, 3:35 PM EDT (Updated)

Captain America 3 is on the way, and one of its writers may have just given us a big clue regarding what's next for Steve Rogers.

The buzz machine for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in full swing as we count down the days until release (two weeks to go!). The response from early screenings of the film has been positive, and Marvel's confident enough in the flick that it's already asked directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (who also wrote the first Cap film) to return for a third solo adventure starring the First Avenger. 

So, what will that adventure be? In a new interview with Den of Geek, Markus and McFeely said that they're already "playing with" a couple of comic-book concepts that might work for the third film, but also noted that viewers will be able to figure out some of what's next just by watching.

"You can probably predict some of the threads we would like to pick up again that we’ve laid out there," McFeely said. "And we always go back to the comics and dive back in and look at anything we’ve missed in the last few years that might be relevant."

So, careful viewing of the Captain America films, plus, perhaps, some comic-book reading, could give you an idea, but the writers weren't done teasing us there. When pressed just a little about which comic-book concepts the pair is considering for Cap 3, Markus said this:

"All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap."

Captain America as a character didn't have much success in the 1950s, and when he got his big re-introduction in the pages of The Avengers #4 in 1964, it was as a hero who'd been in suspended animation since the 1940s. The new Marvel Universe version of Steve Rogers had slept through the 1950s, so who or what is this "psychotic 1950s Cap" Markus is referring to?

Well, as longtime readers of Captain America comics might already know, this seems to be a reference to William Burnside, a character created by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema in 1972, who was then retroactively made the "Captain America of the 1950s." Burnside was just a boy when Steve Rogers became Captain America, and he idolized him. As an adult, his fandom turned into an obsession, and he used his educated mind to research every detail of Captain America's history. He eventually discovered a copy of the "Super Soldier Serum" formula, changed his name to Steve Rogers and got plastic surgery to look just like his hero. Finally, he injected himself with the new version of the serum, though he missed one vital ingredient: the Vita-Ray treatment. As a result, his new abilities brought with them mental instability and paranoia.

So, is this where Cap 3 will take us? Will Steve Rogers have to face another twisted face from the past, one that looks just like his own? Well, it's important to note (again) that Markus and McFeely also said they were simply "playing with" a few ideas from the comics at this point, so the third film could end up as something altogether different. Still, the idea of Rogers finding out that there were other Captain Americas (perhaps since covered up by S.H.I.E.L.D.?) while he was gone could be interesting.

The entire interview (conducted by my Blastr mate Don Kaye) is well worth reading if you want more Winter Soldier fun before you see the film, so head over to Den of Geek and check it out.

(Den of Geek via CinemaBlend)