Winter Solder Scribes Talk Modok, Falcon

With “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” coming to DVD and Blu-ray, the film’s scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke to SFX Magazine about a number of topics related to the movie, the upcoming third film and the future of the franchise.

Markus says he’s keen to fit Modok into the script of the third film if they can figure out how to explain a giant, floating head:

“I don’t know if there’s anybody that we had in the wings that we couldn”t pull off. There are people that I’m always wanting to bring in. I want to put Modok into something, but you can’t just drop a giant floating head in! It’s not like ‘Oh, we have to go talk to this guy – there’s something I should tell you about him first…’ [laughs]. Suddenly the whole movie needs to take on that structure in order to accommodate him. I never win that fight”

In terms of the third film’s tone, they’re essentially aiming to replicate the political thriller vibe of the second film:

“When we hit upon the Brubaker run of the comic book, we all said that, with certain exceptions, that’s the tone of Cap’s modern franchise. And you can imagine that with us back, with the Russos back, then if you like Winter Soldier you’ll hopefully like the third one, if we do it right.”

Markus also weighed in on the recent change in the comics which sees Sam Wilson aka Falcon, taking on the mantle and legacy of Captain America. Could this happen on film?

“I think the movies can accommodate almost anything, if there’s a need. I think there is a much greater need to shake things up in the comics because that’s a narrative that’s been going on for 60 or 70 years, so you’re going to wind up having to do things to it.

Ours has only been off the ground for five or so. So it’s not quite time to start changing things up yet. Plus I can’t figure out how he’s going to have the wings and the shield at the same time. Isn’t it going to get all crammed up on the wing? I don’t know… When those things happen in the comics you also have a tendency, perhaps cynically, to go ‘Yeah, but he’s going to be Steve Rogers in two months…’ He’s going to wake up out of cryo-stasis or whatever it is and it’s going to be like ‘Oh, I need the shield back’.”