April 06, 2014 | 10:15 a.m.
In this weekend’s record-breaking Marvel sequel “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” actor Sebastian Stan is the man behind the mask of the lethal assassin referenced in the title. The character is one from hero Steve Rogers’ past reborn in villainous form — and anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet and wants to preserve the surprise of the antagonist’s identity might want to stop reading now. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film brings to the screen the famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting and puts Rogers (Chris Evans) inside a political thriller. Cap begins to uncover a conspiracy at the international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. and turns for assistance to allies including Scarlett Johansson’s spy Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie’s veteran Sam Wilson, who has his own heroic identity as […]
March 27, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens in less than two weeks, bringing Marvel’s star-spangled superhero back to the big screen for the first time since 2012’s “The Avengers.” The film, a sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he reports to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and sometimes teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). He also finds a friend in fellow military man Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), also known as Falcon. Although he’s adjusted to many aspects of modern life, he doesn’t know who to trust in a world of increasing moral ambiguity. MORE: From the set of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ “For Steve, it’s about what is right,” Evans said in an interview with Hero Complex. “He’s relatively acclimated to the modern day — it’s not tech […]
March 26, 2014 | 4:31 p.m.
The theatrical release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is less than two weeks away, and Marvel is counting down with two new, slightly spoiler-y video clips spotlighting Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and the titular villain. (Those who want to be surprised about the Winter Soldier’s identity should stop reading now.) Set after the events of 2012′s “The Avengers,” the “Captain America: The First Avenger” sequel finds Evans’ hero working for S.H.I.E.L.D., where he’s not sure who he can trust. His past quite literally comes back to haunt him in the form of a close friend turned enemy. In the newly released featurette, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige reflects on the inspiration for the villain, Ed Brubaker’s 2005 “Captain America” story line “Winter Soldier,” which Feige called “one of the best ‘Captain America’ stories in the comics over the past […]
March 14, 2014 | 1:34 p.m.
Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and more stars of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” walked the red carpet Thursday for the world premiere of the Marvel sequel, which returns Cap to action in theaters April 4. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the new film, based on a famous 2005 comic book storyline by writer Ed Brubaker and illustrator Steve Epting, sees Evans’ unfailingly good Steve Rogers wrestling with the knotty realities of modern politics. The story picks up after the events of 2012’s “The Avengers,” with Steve having remained in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., occasionally teaming with Johansson’s Black Widow on key missions. Yet even as he bonds with a military man named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Cap finds himself with few people he can trust as his past quite literally comes back to haunt him in […]
July 19, 2011 | 12:10 p.m.
Joe Johnston dropped by Hero Complex this morning for a live-chat with our readers and the ever-candid filmmaker shared plenty of insights about “Captain America: The First Avenger,” his career and his future (including that could-it-be-true Boba Fett film). You can read the whole chat right here but here are some of highlight comments. On the Marvel Universe films: “We didn’t really direct this film toward ‘The Avengers.’ All I had to do was to bring Cap back to life and hand him off to [‘Avengers’ director Joss Whedon]. On the film’s villains: “We turned the Nazis into Hydra, the uber Nazis. Real Nazis aren’t funny, but you can slaughter them in all kinds of interesting ways and get away with it … Red Skull is a great comic book villain, but I wanted him real and more ‘human’ than he is in the […]