Production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier has not yet begun thanks to Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3 dominating the summer 2013 superhero market. It's a smart production choice since the eagerly anticipated sequel to 2011's period super-smash has yet to find it's female lead, thanks in part to the departure of one Peggy Carter.
, who portrayed the Captain's romantic lead in the first movie, has remained tight-lipped about the possibility of returning for the sequel, but TimeOut appears to have confirmed her no-show in a recent interview.
This means the movie is still looking for its female lead with some of today's freshest faces apparently sitting atop Marvel's want-list. (50/50), (Like Crazy), (Community) and (Scott Pilgrim) have all been rumored to be playing Steve Rodger's love interest, but no one has signed on just yet.
The filmmakers also face the issue of Cap's current time-space predicament, which see's him stranded in modern-day New York after freezing his supersoldier balls off in an iceberg. This means that Peggy Carter can't simply be recast as she, like the rest of the cast of Captain America, are in their appropriate time of 1942. This of course allows the scriptwriters freedom to cast a totally new actress in the role of a totally new character, but this might leave fans in a freezing bath of mixed feelings.
In the comics, the solution of Cap's love life was presented in the form of Sharon Carter, the contemporary neice/daughter of Peggy Carter (depending on your continuity) who works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and develops an affection to Cap thanks to his work with the mysterious organization. You can only imagine that the filmmaker's plan with the character of Peggy in the first movie was to have Cap meet her descendant Sharon Carter, wherein the same actress could eschew the role and the whole country would breath a sigh of relief as they justified to themselves that Cap wasn't REALLY cheating on Peggy.
We'll find out how things are going to pan out in the weeks and months to come.
Directed by and , Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in the US April 4 2014.