When it comes to “Phase Two,” lately the focus has been on Marvel Studios’ forthcoming sequels Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World but with Chris Evans out and about promoting The Iceman at the TIFF a few Captain America: The Winter Soldier details have also started to appear. At first, it was little hints here and there from Evans, namely a confirmation that the film begins shooting in March, but now comes some even juicier details.
Since Marvel has done a fantastic job of tying all of its characters together in films like The Avengers it stands to reason that from here on out feature cameos are a given. To that point, Evans reveals he would be interested in making an appearance in Thor: The Dark World.
Speaking with Collider, Evans says that he has discussed the possibility of a cameo in Thor’s next adventure, but is unsure of how director Alan Taylor might pull it off. Current rumors surrounding Thor 2 suggest the film might be set in several of the comic book universe’s nine realms, namely Muspelheim and Svartalfhiem, which leaves little room for Captain America to appear.
“[Chris] Hemsworth and I even talked about that. I would love to do a little thing in Thor 2. It is obviously going to be tricky trying to work out the plot, the reason why I am not there to help him, and why he is not there to help me. But the best thing about Marvel is that, like I said, the movies were so good and we had such a good time making them.”
Other rumors hinted that Earth might come into play in some respect – in order to accommodate the return of Natalie Portman’s character Jane Foster – but we’re still waiting on confirmation. It’s been assumed for some time that Jane Foster would be kidnapped from Earth, potentially by Malekith the Accursed, calling Thor back into action. Having Captain America appear in some capacity, however, is another issue entirely.
In addition to a Thor 2 cameo, Evans talked a little bit about where Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s story might be headed, namely in its exploration of Steve Rogers as a fish out of water. There were touches of that storyline featured in The Avengers, but most of those moments ended up as deleted scenes on the Blu-ray and DVD.
Evans reveals that the main reason those scenes of Rogers (coping with being frozen for several decades) were cut from Avengers was to allow for the story arc to be explored Captain America 2. Furthermore, he provides additional credence to directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s talk of exploring Steve Rogers’ WWII exploits through flashbacks.
“A lot of that stuff [that was cut] is for Captain America 2. That is his story. It is him trying to on a personal level adjust to the fact that everyone he knows is gone and the whole Peggy Carter of it all. There are a lot of things that he kind of has to come to terms with. So I don’t know. I am excited to kind of see flashes of the first Captain, if you know what I mean, and to see his memory of what we now know as an audience of who he was.”
Hayley Atwell (who played Peggy Carter in the first Captain America) has already teased that she might return for Winter Soldier, and this quote from Evans all but confirms it. Maybe this will be our chance to see the Peggy Carter reunion director Joss Whedon wanted to include in The Avengers.
Speaking of the Carter family tree we also have a rumor from Ain’t It Cool News that may confirm Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) has been cast as Sharon Carter – or at least is in talks. Kendrick was included among the short list of actresses Marvel was looking to cast as a female lead (presumably Sharon Carter), and now she’s playing coy about the rumors.
“All I know is that I can’t really say anything. Sorry, man.”
While Kendrick couldn’t officially confirm whether or not she’s playing Sharon Carter, her response does suggest she has a role to play in The Winter Soldier. The actress has been featured in several indie and lower budget films as of late, but has yet to headline a major action blockbuster (she’s enjoyed smaller roles in the Twilight films as well as Scott Pilgrim), making her a perfect fit for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even more than that she bares a striking resemblance to the character of Sharon Carter.
In the comics Sharon is Peggy Carter’s niece (retconned from her daughter), who becomes an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. operating under the alias Agent 13. More importantly, though, Sharon Carter is a key love interest for Captain America, a plot point we anticipate to be picked up in Winter Soldier – especially if Atwell’s Peggy Carter has a role to play in the sequel.
And, if Kendrick was interested, this could open her up to the possibility of appearing in other Marvel properties. Since the inception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio has been smart about signing their actors on for multiple projects, meaning that Kendrick’s Sharon Carter could be a major player not only in The Winter Soldier and its sequels, but The Avengers 2 as well.
As we said, Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn’t begin filming until spring of next year — after Iron Man 3, Thor 2, and possibly Ant-Man — providing plenty of time for the ink to dry on Kendrick’s contract with Marvel. In the meantime, however, we hope to see the actress officially confirmed for a role – hopefully as Sharon Carter.
Thor: The Dark World
releases on November 8, 2013.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
releases on April 4, 2014.