"Captain America 3" co-director Joe Russo was recently asked what elements from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will be returning for the planned third chapter in the Marvel superhero franchise.
From a crew standpoint, he tells ComicBook.com it's "almost everybody" as he and his brother Anthony love the consistency. In terms of on screen returns though:
"Certainly Captain America will be back. The expectation would be that Bucky will be back and there's certain characters in the Marvel Universe that Cap has a strong connection to but we've also got some tricks up our sleeve for this one an we're hard at work. That's a very crowded summer and there's high expectations so we're all hard at work trying to exceed those expectations and really carve out a big, splashy idea for Captain America 3."
Meanwhile, Cinema Blend asked Russo if there are other members of The Avengers he and co-director Anthony Russo would like to include in a role similar to Black Widow's in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". Russo confirmed they've already got someone set, but adds that they'd love to crossover with characters outside of the Marvel Studios fold:
"That's such a hard question because we've kind of already done that. Do they have to be under contract with Marvel? Maybe they are at another studio. When I started collecting, The Secret Wars was one of the first books I ever bought, so that's always been an obsession of mine to see something of that scale done - a crossover. I don't know if that would ever be possible, with all the different situations at the studios. But I would love to see a lot of characters on screen together."
Talk also turned towards the previous "battle" for the May 6th 2016 release date between "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Captain America 3" which ended with the former moving to March. While fanboys loved to play up the competition, Russo wasn't as adversarial:
"We knew when they announced that it was somewhat of a placeholder, that it was a game of chicken to see if Marvel really had a film that was going to land on that date or not. We knew it was never going to happen. We knew those two films would never stay on that date. So we knew somebody was going to move.