Marvel’s “Phase Two” kicks off with this week’s release of Iron Man 3, but the latest Tony Stark showing is only the beginning for what is promising to be a massive series of movies for the comic publisher. Marvel has taken center stage in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and now that the issue is hitting shelves, we’re learning some new information about upcoming projects, including plot details and concept art from Captain America: The Winter Soldier!
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige discussed the Captain’s unique predicament, in comparison to the other members of the Avengers, in the EW issue:
“We weren’t going back to World War II. Cap cannot travel in time. So while Tony can go home to Malibu and Thor goes up to Asgard and Hulk can sort of ride the rails, Cap was stuck. So Cap does stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has nowhere else to go. But he’s not necessarily comfortable there. As you might imagine, somebody who’s spent 70 years in ice, frozen, wakes up and has to fight a bunch of aliens with a bunch of weirdos—he is trying to figure out what his life is. And just as he’s given permission to let go of the past and to focus on the modern world, a ghost comes up.
With the Greatest Generation in World World II, there’s a tendency to reflect on that period and say, ‘Things were black and white back then, and now it’s hard to know who the bad guys are.’ We wanted to play on that a little with Cap being uncomfortable with the way S.H.I.E.L.D., and in particular Nick Fury, operates. Fury certainly rides a line, sort of rides the shadows. He has, I think, lied to every character in every movie, though always for seemingly for the good.”
EW is also revealing some new concept art, giving us a glimpse at The Winter Soldier, the latest Marvel supervillain introduced into their movie universe. The Winter Soldier was formerly known as Bucky Barnes. His current appearance and abilities are the result of the Soviet government’s efforts to create a super-soldier assassin. The Winter Soldier is skilled in both armed and unarmed combat, and can be seen with a gun strapped to his back in the concept art. Additionally, the character’s mechanical arm is apparently able to stop Captain America’s shield:
Marvel’s “Phase Two” kicks off with Iron Man 3, and includes Thor: The Dark World (November 8th, 2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4th, 2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st, 2014), and will conclude with The Avengers 2 (May 1st, 2015).