"I’d pitched them our idea for "Cap 2." And you’ve heard me describe it, which is a loose description, a broad description, as a sort of ’70s political thriller, and they lost their minds. They just started coming back and coming back and coming back with great ideas and great ideas and great ideas. And I just believed they could pull it off. And now is where, you know, two-and-a-half weeks, three weeks from finishing, I feel very, very good about what we have so far.
Q: So why was that sort of ’70s conspiracy thriller the right template to tell that story?
A: Well, we’ll see if it was the right template when it’s all finished and its working. But it’s — you know, we make a lot of superhero movies here at Marvel Studios and I believe the key is to make them all different and to make them all unique and to make them all stand apart while connecting together. And that’s what the comics do, you know. You can find Captain America stories that are as sort of two dimensional and red, white and blue as you would think from the costume. Then you’ve got great stories in the seventies and eighties and then you have the amazing [Ed] Brubaker run, which is dealing with this notion of conspiracies and authorities and what it seems to be coinciding with when Cap returned in the early sixties, and then suddenly ten years later there’s Watergate and he’s gone through the seventies. That’s interesting stuff to me. So we’re sort of pulling from all of those tales for this story. And like the first film was a Marvel superhero origin story masquerading as a World War II propaganda movie, this is a Marvel superhero sequel masquerading as a seventies political thriller. And then, frankly, all the stuff that’s happening now with the NSA and the news is just — it’s pretty amazing timing for us because that’s much of what Cap is. That’s the kind of thing Cap doesn’t particularly like — that our fake comic book organization and real life national security organization seem to be doing. Which, again, is always nice when your big, entertaining, fun movie can touch into some aspect of a grounded real world — no matter how crazy that real world may be.”
(via Feige Says “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” “Plays on Multiple Levels” - Comic Book Resources)
I love 70s thrillers! This’ll be a good film.
I would agree that this bodes well. Be hard to top the first one, but that’s what I said about Thor, and they did.