The writers behind the first two Captain America blockbusters have been dropping some hints about the third movie and Cap better steel himself to head back in time.
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley who both worked on Captain America: The First Avenger and [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) spoke to the Den of Geek about delving back into comic books for inspiration.
Both writers seem keen to leaf through the pages of Captain America's lengthly history to glean new story lines for the movie, but some aspects appeal to them more than others. Markus explained that;
We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know, even more grounded than in the other MCU movies. And so it kind of rules out Cap fighting the Dinosaur Man or something like that. There are some that aren’t gonna start and other ones that we’re playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. Which we’ll not reveal…All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap
For those who are not familiar with the comic books, in an often unmentioned chapter of Captain America's colourful past, he spent his time fighting communists in a form of propaganda. This thread unfortunately put a blip into the continuity of the series when Stan Lee and Jack Kirby bought Cap into the '60s by saying he was frozen in a giant block of ice since WW2.
The comics turned a blind eye to this continuity issue until Steve Englehart decided to tie up loose ends in 1972 by revealing that an entirely different man underwent treatment to replicate the effects of Dr. Erskine’s super soldier serum previously used on Steve Rogers. Along with gaining Captain America’s abilities and assuming his private and public personas, the new character (later revealed to be named William Burnside) also unfortunately received an unstable mind.
The treatment has some pitch black side effects that cause Captain America and Bucky (Jack Munroe) to let their insanity loose on the general public. The pair become foul racists and attack people because of the colour of their skin (in a reflection of a dark chapter of America's past) and are eventually put in suspended animation, only to be revived again to try to kill the Falcon.
There is a high chance the the writers might have been joking about using this absurd chapter in Captain America's past because there is no indication the writing process has started yet, but it would make a great movie!
Looking at the emphasis on the political undertones of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it doesn't seem like a totally insane idea for the pair to grapple with this difficult theme.
What do you guys think of the possibility of Cap going back to the '50s? If he does, I hope they improve his costume!