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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Captain America (1990)

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #22 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Now in recent times we’ve all seen Captain America: The First Avenger and Winter Soldier, and are probably all hyped for Civil War next year right? However what a lot of y’all probably don’t know is that there was an old film that preceded the MCU version a few decades back, I am of course talking about Captain America (1990).

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Okay so this isn’t film Captain America film as there were two TV films that preceded it, but since this is a little more popular for being truly bad I decided to pick this one to review. I’ve seen clips online and in trailers and man, I was afraid and horrified at what I saw and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle it all, but for you lot, I’ll walk through fire… In the world of film of course haha.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Steve Rogers becomes Captain America during World War II to battle the Red Skull, then being frozen in ice for many years, he is subsequently being revived to save the President of the United States from a crime family that dislikes his environmentalist policies.”

This film, I mean wow. To quote the Angry Video Game Nerd, “What in the unholy name of ass is this fuckness?” The story is an insult to the comic books but also as a piece of film in general. I’ve never seen too many good direct-to-video films and this is one of those films that demonstrate why that is. Trying to craft a superhero story of this magnitude into a film that really doesn’t have the budget or talent to pull it off is just a bad idea. Straight from the beginning around 6 minutes into the film it had already done goofed by changing the origins of the source material heavily, but even if I’m looking at this film objectively it does a lot without giving context as to why it’s happening. This whole film felt like a made-for-TV production with dialogue, cheesy moments, implied/off-screen violence and lack of in-your-face charisma that comes with regular superhero adventures. Also for a film that’s called Captain America, there doesn’t feel like there’s that much of a focus on him, I mean sure for the film I understand why he couldn’t be the center of attention, but if you’re gonna be like Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior and use the character to serve the narrative rather than make them the focus then you have to do better than what we got in this film, here it was just lazy and inconsistent. The film also moves super quick not allowing you to take in the story or enjoy certain character moments, not that you’d want to know much about this film as it heartbreaking generic, plain and has no redeeming factors at all. Oh actually scratch that, there are certain moments where the ridiculous nature of the film can be pretty funny. After a while I gave up on the story as the lack of common sense and political stuff was turning my mind to mush.

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Now let’s talk about the cast.  have to that they vary from being mildly entertaining to being totally tragic and painful to watch. Firstly there’s Matt Salinger as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Salinger does what he can with the role but he’s not very good. This character is not very likeable, in fact he’s a bit of douche to the people that try to help him, he also doesn’t have any sense of charisma or much personality at all. Scott Paulin is a little better as Tadzio de Santis/Red Skull but not by much. This character is a cliché villain but doesn’t have any of the panache, intelligence of badassery of a good bad guy, plus Paulin really hams up the role to the point where you can’t take him seriously at all. And then there’s Kim Gillingham as Bernice Stewart and Sharon. Gillingham wasn’t that interesting as Bernice, but did a better job as Sharon because she was a little livelier. Ronny Cox as President Tom Kimball was alright but really cheesy and Ned Beatty as Sam Kolawetz was fine, together Cox and Beatty had the most believable relationship in the whole film. And lastly Francesca Neri is beautiful but also forgettable as Valentina de Santis.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is okay but nothing fantastic. I will say that the lack of violence was jarring considering what happens in this film, also who shot the action scenes? I want to know because they were lame! There was no decent fight choreography, no style or flair to the chase sequences, gun fights or hand-to-hand combat. The framing and editing of certain sequences was awful and who thought it’d be smart to film a fight scene in a dimly lit basement? You could barely see anything! Oh and who did the make-up for Red Skull? That was a terrible job, his red-faces look was awful and his second look made him look like a botched version of Azazel from X-Men: First Class. As for the soundtrack by Barry Goldberg it was terrible. It was so cheesy and unremarkable, and I have to ask whose idea was it to have those knock off versions of popular songs in the film? I distinctly heard two instrumentals that sounded like “Girls on Film” by Duran Duran and “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson and it was so bad.

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And lastly how does it compare to the comics? While my knowledge of Captain America comics isn’t at Spider-Man heights, I know the basics. What this film did get right was the concept of Project Rebirth, using a machine to make Steve Rogers stronger, Captain America’s uniform and powers are sort of done justice and Red Skull initially looks like the comics. Oh and Berni’s daughter’s name is Sharon so I guess that’s a reference to Sharon Carter? But as for everything is, they done fucked it up. For some reason Red Skull and his daughter are of italian heritage and not German, Dr. Abraham Erskine is replaced Dr. Maria Vaselli and  Bernice Stewart is his main love interest instead of Pegg Carter. And there’s all the stuff that’s missing or not mentioned like:

  • Where’s Bucky?
  • What happened to Hydra?
  • No Nick Fury and/or Howling Commandos?
  • No one mentions the levels of super strength that Red Skull and Captain America have
  • No one mentions the strength or attributes of Cap’s shield and whether isn’t made of Vibranium or not

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So to conclude Captain America is a tragedy of a film. As a regular film its boring, ridiculous and unintentionally funny, but as an adaptation of the source material it is so much worse. It should have been mentioned that it was “very loosely based on the comics” because besides some of the basic elements, the filmmakers just shat on everything else. I would never recommend this to anyone, but if you’re curious to know what happened before Marvel Studios gave us the proper Captain America, check it out… While you’re drunk!

Rating: 2/10 (only gets points because it made me laugh)

That’s 22 reviews done, only 8 more to go. So have you seen Captain America and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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New Captain America: The Winter Soldier Stills And Info!

Howdy people, time for some more Marvel film news! Okay so just after we got the first official poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier we get two new pictures to check out along with some more information on the film from the directors. The following information comes from ComicBookMovies:

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“Following today’s brand new poster and ahead of Thursday’s official trailer debut, USA Today has an exclusive look at Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – two new stills of Chris Evans and Samuel L. Jackson, plus new info from the Nick Fury actor and the Russo bros. “There’s nobody better at that kind of [action] than Marvel if you’re going to attempt to pull that off and go for it,” Joe Russo says. “We all tried to up the ante with what happens in this movie in terms of what’s come before, and I think we’ve done that.” On the Winter Soldier, Anthony Russo says, “He’s an amazingly drawn character. He’s so well conceived. [Ed Brubaker has] one of the best comic runs in the last 20 years, one of our favorite comic runs of all time & we really want to do it justice. It was important to us to make sure he just jumped off the page to the screen.” 

“Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies,” Samuel L. Jackson says. The new film has Captain America “trying to figure out, ‘Well, how do we trust those guys?’ or ‘How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you?’ And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this gray area.”

spke nlwdWell firstly these two stills look pretty cool. First one with Steve Rogers and Nick Fury looks nice with the two of them looking at something with some degree of intensity and this shot also re-confirms the fact that Cap’s costume is receiving a new look in this film or is at least one of a few. As for picture two this must be that scene I heard about at Comic-Con when Cap took out several dudes in an elevator, it sounds badass on paper, hope it unfolds in the same way too.

As for what the directors say about the film, as usual they sound really enthusiastic about working with Marvel and all this talk about loving the source material and upping the ante in this sequel just makes me feel so good about this sequel you don’t even know yo. As for what Samuel L. Jackson, I love all this talk about trust, good and bad guys and the grey areas, I love thrillers and the conspiracy, lies and confusion that ensues and I hope that’s the kind of stuff that’s brought to this film.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Marvel Studios Begins Production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

Okay I know this story came out yesterday, but I had a lot to do yesterday night and didn’t have enough time to post this on my blog. However today is a new day so let’s get talking about the latest info on Captain America: The Winter Soldier! The following article comes from superherohype:

“Marvel Studios announced today that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has started production in Los Angeles and the sequel will also film in Cleveland and Washington D.C. You can check out the full press release, which features cast updates and the plot summary, below followed by the first image from the film!

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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Okay so Captain America 2 has finally started filming, I am hyped now. I am also loving this picture, it looks cool, dramatic and mysterious. What does it mean? Some have suggested that this a point before Cap gets a new costume which is either his old WWII suit or possibly a new one altogether. I think he may be sneaking around S.H.I.E.L.D.’s HQ again trying to find more secrets or something. Whatever the case is, this is a bloody nice picture to start off with.

Now I may have mentioned this before but I wasn’t overly fussed about Captain America: The First Avenger, it wasn’t completely bad, there was just a lot of story, character. pacing and editing choices that didn’t gel with me and prevented it from being a great Marvel film. But this sequel already sounds way more interesting than the previous film especially with the introduction of Winter Solider, that guy has a lot of history in the comics and if portrayed in the right fashion could add a great deal of drama and tension to Cap’s world. It looks like there’s a lot of great talent that’s working on this film from the directors to the editors and costume designers too, I just pray that this is the Captain America film to make me all giddy like when I saw Iron Man and Thor.

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Robert Redford Eyes Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I know this story is a day old and I was going to blog about it last night but I went out to party instead haha. So anyways it seems like there’s another interesting development for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read on below for the official article from superherohype:

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“There’s a surprising bit of Marvel Universe casting news today as Deadline reports that Robert Redford is the latest name to enter talks to star in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He would play a high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Already set to star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell and Maximiliano Hernández, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is said to be a political thriller inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s acclaimed arc in the comics.

Redford can next be seen in The Company You Keep, which he also directed. It opens in New York and LA on April 5.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, meanwhile, begins production shortly for an April 4, 2014 release.”

It seems like Marvel have some kind of powers as they seem to be able to cast anyone in their films, we’ve had a lot of famous people in Marvel films before but now someone as powerful as Robert Redford is involved. That is some hot stuff yo. Now while I’d like his involvement in Captain America 2 to be officially mentioned normally when Deadline report something then one can assume that it’s definitely gonna happen. Now loads of people are speculating what kind of “high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” he’ll play, there have been many guesses but the one I’ve seen the most was Redford as an old version of Nick Fury (the original Caucasian one). While that’d be interesting and funny I don’t think that’d work in the MCU. I was on IGN yesterday and their speculation on the role came up with some interesting results, here’s the list they came up with:

  • G.W. Bridge or Rick Stoner
  • Bill Naslund/Jeffrey Mace/William Burnside
  • Old Dum Dum Duggan
  • Phil Coulson’s Dad

I’m not too familiar with the world of Captain America so the first two choices sort of go over my head, however the last two are interesting. If an older version of Dum Dum Duggan was placed in this film that’d be badass and another great tie to the past and could add some more drama. As for the choice of Agent Coulson’s father I’m sort of half and half about that, on the one hand it could be cool to learn more about Coulson’s family and see who came before Phil. Then again on the other hand I kind of like that we don’t know anything about Phil Coulson, his personal life is a bit of a mystery and that’s how I like it, adding family members might be like adding a bit unnecessary baggage to the character. Well whoever role Redford gets cast in I’m sure it’ll be something good.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Kevin Feige Describes Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a Political Thriller

From the realm of superherohype we have a small tidbit of information surrounding the next Captain America film, to find out what the deal is read on below:

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“Planned to hit the big screen in the spring of 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s 2005 story arc. It should come to no surprise to fans, then, that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige describes the tone of the film as being a “political thriller”.

“If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did,” Feige says, speaking to Variety on the larger issue of the continued popularity of comic book films, “because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.”

The film’s cast is set to include Chris Evans, Emil VanCamp, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson and Toby Jones. It will hit theaters on April 4, 2014.”

While this news story is only a short one, I have to say it caught my eye. I like how Marvel are thinking about each film in sub-genres and to hear that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a political thriller catches my interest. In all honesty I think thrillers are one of the best genres there is when it comes to filmmaking, and when executed properly it can be awesome. I hope that this sequel takes full advantage of the thriller genre codes and conventions and then takes in all of its comic book roots too. I was already interested in Captain America 2, but now with this specific genre mentioned for the film I am even more intrigued to ee what it turns out like.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Hayley Atwell to Cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Okay it’s been a while since we heard info on Captain America 2 but now we have some new info concerning the cast and we finally have some solid confirmation about Hayley Atwell as you can see from the following article from superherohype:

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“Although it has been confirmed that Emily VanCamp will be taking on the female lead in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Collider has learned that the original film’s star, Hayley Atwell will be back for a cameo.

“I know that Hayley is going back to do a flashback scene,” Stanley Tucci told the site, “but I have not been asked.”

Although unconfirmed, VanCamp’s role is said to be a romantic interest to Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. Fans of the comics know that the odds point to the role being that of Sharon Carter. Originally the sister of Peggy Carter (played by Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger), Sharon was later retconned to be Peggy’s niece.

The film’s cast is also set to include Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson and Toby Jones for the April 4, 2014 release.”

Alrighty then while it’s not really too much a big role for Atwell, I was hoping that she’d make some kind of appearance in the Captain America sequel and I sort of figured that it’d be via flashback sequences. At least we’ll get to see her beautiful face again! As for VanCamp I’m still gutted about her being Cap’s romantic interest, especially if she’s confirmed to be Sharon Carter. Then of course there’s Stanley Tucci, since he’s made the announcement so it makes me wonder if he’ll get a chance to make an appearance in the new film which I hope he does.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Alison Brie Isn’t ‘Opposed’ To ‘Captain America’ Role

I found this article to be pretty interesting, because obviously I saw the picture first and was like “Damn!” And then I went to investigate and found the information on Alison Brie and how she felt about the upcoming Captain America sequel. The following article comes from Splash Page MTV:

“Chris Evans is Captain America, but there’s another actor out there who might be better-suited for the part.

Recently, a photoshopped image of “Community” actress Alison Brie as Captain America found its way online — and onto Brie’s radar. The actress spoke with MTV News all about the “Captain America” picture at Sundance, and also spoke to rumors that she might have an actual part in the upcoming sequel.

“Many, many a person have sent this to me on Twitter, actually,” Brie said of the photo, pictured below. “I’m impressed with the abs. I’m down with it. Are you kidding? I love it. I’m going to go break Chris Evans’ kneecap, because obviously the second-best person to step into that role is me.”

Brie might not have to break any kneecaps to get a role in “The Winter Soldier,” as she’s already rumored for one of the film’s leads. For now, her lips are sealed on the prospect. “But I wouldn’t be opposed to it,” she said.

As for the directors of “Captain America,” Joe and Anthony Russo, Brie had nothing but glowing reviews for the sibling filmmakers — and she should know, having worked with the pair on numerous “Community” episodes.

“I’m excited that they’re going to do it,” she shared. “I think they’re going to bring something different to it. I love the Russo brothers. I just adore them. I think they’re incredible. Everything they do is incredible. It’ll be a nice change for those Marvel superhero movies, to have a fresh take on it.””

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Firstly whoever photoshopped this picture should be commended, it looks pretty professional and almost completely realistic. Now while we know she’ll never be Captain America in the films, if she played an excited fan or parodied the hero in a TV show or film that’d be just fine by me. As for her involvement in the sequel we can see that she’s aware that she’s in the running for the role I think and she does seem interested in being part of Captain America 2. Besides being the absurd mixture of cuteness and hotness, Alison Brie is a great actress especially in Community (one of my favourite TV Shows ever!). She should absolutely be in this film, it’d be fantastic. Here’s hoping she does get the role eventually! 🙂

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Toby Jones Will Return for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Alrighty then finally some news about Captain America: The Winter Soldier that involves the previous cast. Besides both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan returning and the confirmation that Hayley Atwell wouldn’t be coming back we’ve heard nothing about any of the other potential characters from the past making an appearance… Until now! The following article from superherohype presents these new findings:

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“There haven’t been many actors from the first Captain America film that are confirmed to return for the sequel besides Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, but we now know one particular villain will be back. Toby Jones confirmed in an interview with HeyUGuys.co.uk that he would return for the upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Jones played the role of Arnim Zola in Captain America: The First Avenger and presumably survived the events of that film. In the comics, “Zola was a genetic engineer who created clones and various monstrosities for Hitler. He also captured his own mental self, inserting it into a robot, and survived the war.” The blueprints for Zola’s robotic body can be seen briefly in the film, so could he be appearing in the sequel in his new robot body?

The film is slated to star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Sebastian Stan returns as Bucky Barnes.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit 2D and 3D theaters on April 4, 2014.”

Well this seems like a logical choice and given how important Arnim Zola is to the whole Captain America storyline it would be a shame to waste such an interesting character. While he really wasn’t that much of a presence in the film, in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes he is a pretty interesting, smart and kind of threatening character and I hope they could translate some of that onto the big screen in the sequel. Now Toby Jones has acting skills, there’s no doubt about that, so I hope the script and story work in his favour this time around. My main fear is with the costume, in the comics it is perfectly acceptable for him to have a head in his chest area in a robot suit, however in a live-action film I think that would translate pretty badly so how they’re going to rectify that remains to be seen. I just hope they do something about that to avoid it looking ridiculous.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Anthony Mackie on Playing The Falcon in Captain America Sequel

As much I love hearing information on Marvel’s other films, I still want to give time for Captain America 2 especially when The Falcon is concerned. I have been following most of Anthony Mackie’s interviews online and this latest one on superherohype is pretty interesting:

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“We don’t know a lot about Anthony Mackie’s role as The Falcon in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but now we’ve got a few details from the actor himself. In an interview with AICN, Mackie spoke more so than he has previously about the part.

“I will have wings. I will be able to fly. I will be a superhero and fight people, namely The Winter Soldier.”

Mackie has been really studying for the part, too.

“It was funny; a lot of the research I found was online. My older brother was a huge comic book buff. So when the news came out online, he called me and just gave me the whole rundown. Luckily, I have a lot of friends who weren’t cool growing up, but who are really cool now, so they read a lot of comic books. So I would just call and ask them, and they would send me all of this stuff online, and I got to read a bunch of the old comic books. It’s fortunate, because it’s a take off the comic book, it’s not the exactly storyline of the comic book.”

Mackie didn’t reveal much else about the film, specifically because he fears getting replaced on the film before it even gets started, and for that reason he wouldn’t confirm if his character would have his pet falcon Redwing in the film.

“This is what I learned about franchises. They can always cast somebody else and say, ‘Well that last person died,’ or just not address it. You see the second movie, and the guy is a different guy than the first, and they’re like, ‘Yep, same dude to me.’” 

One thing Mackie would confirm though is that filming for Captain America: The WInter Soldier would begin on April 1.

The film is slated to star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and newcomer Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Also returning is Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit theaters on April 4, 2014.”

I’m liking that Anthony Mackie is doing his research into the character, I know most actors say that and a lot of them really fail when it comes to the trivia side of things or some have a pretty shitty on-screen performance which really shows how much knowledge they have of the source material. But in some cases like this you genuinely believe that the person in question is doing their best to make themselves aware of the source material that they will convert into live-action. Mackie seems to have the right attitude towards his role and I love his level of secrecy, and the fact that he made a reference to Marvel’s habit or replacing actors (in this case blatantly referencing the Terence Howard/Don Cheadle change-up), that was hilarious. Anyway I have high hopes for this character and I hope he isn’t a wasted hero in this film. While I’d still prefer Black Panther to make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Falcon will do for now haha.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Samuel L. Jackson’s Next Marvel Movie is Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I’m loving the influx of information on comic book films at the moment, even if it’s just little snippets. In the end it’s all relevent. Today we have another bit of information on returning cast member from Phase 01 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Nick Fury. For more information read the superherohype article below:

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“Even though he didn’t see a lot of action throughout Phase One, Nick Fury is still an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and he’s not going anywhere. In an interview with Total Film, seen here via Examiner.com, Jackson said the next Marvel movie he’ll appear in is the Captain America sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier

“I think my next time as Nick Fury is in Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” said the actor, “because I’m not in Iron Man 3. None of the Avengers are in Iron Man 3. It’s a standalone Iron Man movie.”

This could mean you’ll have to wait two more movies before you see the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. with both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World hitting theaters before Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this isn’t final as Marvel could have other plans.

The film is slated to star Chris Evans, reprising his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America, and franchise newcomers Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Reprising their roles from Marvel’s The Avengers are Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. Also confirmed to be returning, as was long rumored, is Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Set to be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is planned to hit theaters on April 4, 2014.”

Now with the information back in October we got a confirmation that Cobie Smulders would be back as Maria Hill, so I assumed that S.H.I.E.L.D. would have a bit of a presence along with their director, Nick Fury. I mean it makes sense considering that Cap is the one superhero who is out of time and in a way would need supervision and help in order to adjust to the modern world. With Sam Jackson back as Nick Fury I’m happy. Sam Jackson is a badass and I’ll watch him in anything, and if he were to return in any Marvel film before the second Avengers film then this would be the logical choice.

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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