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Captain America Week: The Cast Talks About Their Experience To Make Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Earlier this month at the press conference for Captain America: The Winter Soldier we were able to talk to Joe and Anthony Russo, Anthony Mackie, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson and the head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige about the new film.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

Scarlett Johansson said about her experience playing Black Widow for the third time how do she thought the character had evolved in this film.

“Well, other than being in physical therapy for the rest of my life, I think this is the first time that we’ve really gotten to see kind of Natasha.  You know, we saw a little bit of her in Avengers and we saw a bit of her back story, but – and we’ll see more of that in Avengers II, but in this film, we really get to see Natasha as a person who gets up, gets ready for work in the morning, has a life outside of just her job once she’s out of the suit”, said Johansson.

She added “I mean she’s a woman and she has her own kind of reality outside of this even though who knows how far that structure is, but it’s not until I think through the series of circumstances, as the plot unfolds, we kind of find both, I think, Steve and Natasha kind of questioning their own identity, realizing that they thought that they had – you know, they were pretty strong people that had their beliefs or whatever, kind of twisted morals they might have, or whatever they are, maybe the widow more than Caps, but at the end of it, they realize wait, I actually don’t know who I – I’ve actually been told kind of – I’ve been this sort of hired hand for this – my entire professional career and sort of young adult life and who am I and what do I want and what do I need from someone?  So she – both of these characters are kind of left – in some ways there’s a kind of cliffhanger at the end, because you really see that they’re just kind of crusting the wave of having this huge moment of self-discovery and hopefully we’ll – I think we’ll be able to track where that goes in the next installments.”

There has been some rumors that Black Widow will be getting her own film. We asked Kevin Feige about the possibilities of seeing this strong female character in her own film.

“I think it could be great.  We’ve got various outlines and ideas of where to take that.  As Scarlett has already said, there’s a big element that explores her back story in an upcoming Marvel feature.  So the question really is when would we want to take her out of that ensemble to go and do her own thing?  In fact, as you saw in this movie, as you’ll see in Avengers:  Age of Ultron, she is kind of key to so much of the broader world,” said Feige.

In the film the on-screen moments between Captain America and Sam Wilson is so natural and we asked Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie about working together on this film as well as the rest of the cast.

Evans said, “Well, I’ve known Anthony for a while now.  This is our third movie together.  It’s funny.  Everyone that I’ve worked with up here, it’s familiar and it’s old relationships, so – when I first met Anthony, it actually wasn’t on a movie set.  We got along very well.  We’re very similar people.  So we hit it off very well offset and then this is like I said…”

 

“Well, we just got cast in the remake of Lethal Weapon, so we’re excited about that,” said Mackie. When asked about playing the Falcon he added, “Damn!  I was like, “Oh, this is going to be good!”

Samuel L. Jackson spends the most time out any of the cast working with Robert Redford and asked him how was it to work with him on this film.

Jackson said, “I met Robert in a lot of different situations when I was going to Sundance when I was a younger actor, when he had a more active part in that process and I missed an opportunity to do several films with him over the years.  And that morning when I got there to work with him for the first time, we sat down and we talked about a lot of different things.  We talked about golf.  We talked about life.  We talked about movies.  So by the time we got onset, it did look like we spent time together or had some past and some darker and more medieval state of counter insurgency.  And it was a great experience,” Jackson added, “He wanted to, you know, make things better and that’s part of coming into the Marvel universe.  People come in and they see what we do and they kind of want to blend into it and make things better, and as we continue to do it, things do get better.”

When it come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the other Marvel property films from other studio’s such as Spider-Man with coming out in May and X-Men movies from Fox we wanted to know from Feige what was the influence Marvel has on the other films that are not coming from the studio?

Feige answered, “It’s limited.  It’s very limited with the other studios.  Mainly for two reasons.  One because we’re quite busy building – building our own cinematic universe and also the contracts are very old and the approvals are very limited.”

Feige would add, “Those contracts are very old with the other studios.  I expect they’ll be making Spidey movies at Sony for a long time and X-Men movies at Fox for a long time and I hope we keep making MCU movies for a long time at Marvel.”

The third film in phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out this week and you can read our review of the film on the site now.

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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