One of the biggest problems with the Steve Rogers character on screen so far has been that the character is, frankly, boring. A relentless good guy with no real story arc, which makes for a dramatically uninteresting protagonist.
With "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the film's co-screenwriter Christopher Markus hopes to change that and add some depth to the character. He tells Empire:
"What helps us get past the pious Boy Scout that he could turn into is that he doesn't really want to be this guy. He would prefer to be Steve Rogers just walking down the street, helping people sometimes.
He felt the call when the War came. He's kind of the still centre and things happen around him and are influenced by him. It's interesting in this movie, for instance, to watch his relationship with Black Widow, who of course has a very different outlook.
It can make it difficult with executives who often want arcs. It's very difficult not to sound lazy when you go, 'Well, he doesn't really have an arc'"
The film's co-director Anthony Russo also talked about the tone of the film which aims to blend the 1970s thriller formula with contemporary action:
"What made '70s thrillers interesting is that it was a very complicated time.We were peeling back the curtain with Watergate and realizing how corrupt the system was. Now, again with the proliferation of social media, you can blow the whistle on the NSA and it can be round the world in 30 seconds. And we have the morality of drones. It is right to preemptively use them to kill suspected terrorists prior to any sort of trial? So the times we're living in are even more complex."
Crazy Obsessive Fanboy has also posted some new image scans from that Empire issue, sadly most of them are very small and so won't expand beyond what you see here: