Talking to The Huffington Post about how closely Chris Evans’ Captain America follow-up, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, follows Ed Brubaker’s storyline of the same name, director Anthony Russo was understandably cagey.
“Well, we like the story,” said Russo. “I can’t talk too much about specifics, that’s the way Marvel handles things. I can say in general that there’s sort of a darker, edgier sensibility at work there that we found appealing, and that is going find its way into Captain America in the modern day.
“We’re actually going to have lunch with Brubaker soon,” he added. “But no, [the comic creators] haven’t been involved. In the same way that they would develop a new comic-book series, they give its own space to develop. But certainly everybody is aware [of what’s in the comics], has read everything, is aware of all their other material. But they do like each thing to be its own, organic process, which is nice.”
As to what this second movie will mean for the character, Russo finished, “We’re trying to grow him as a character, and certainly he’s come a long way, from where he started in pre-World War 2 to where he is in modern-day America. So the character has room for growth because of that huge journey that he’s been on, Number 1. Number 2, part of the appeal of these movies is the ensemble. Captain America isn’t the only character in the film, there are other characters that are perhaps lighter in nature.”
That, we suspect, is where The Falcon comes in.