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Captain America 3 Screenwriters Discuss MODOK and if Sam Wilson Will Take Over as Captain America

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely talk about what we can expect in Cap 3

In an interview with SFX, Captain America 3 screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also wrote Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, chatted about their work and hinted at a few things fans can expect from the third Captain America film, which is slated to come out in 2016.

The writers were asked about whether the films can handle big shake-ups in comics, much like how it was announced recently that Sam Wilson will be taking over the role of Captain America. Stephen McFeely replied with "We tend to stay on the sidelines when it comes to the comics. We wait and see what we’ll steal from in three or four years from now!"

Christopher Markus had a bit more of a joking and cynical response, but it hints at the fact that not only will Sam not become Captain America but that there won't be any big shake-ups.

CM: 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”. [laughs].

There coolest/strangest part of the interview came when asked about Batroc and Peggy Carter in The Winter Soldier. Markus mentioned that earlier drafts had more Hawkeye in it but he didn't have enough to do. Markus then started discussing the possibility of M.O.D.O.K.

CM: 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!

Markus wants to see the head of A.I.M. in a film, but it looks like it may just be some wishful thinking, since giant-head characters look weird on the big screen. Isn't that right, Hector Hammond?

The third installment of Captain America is slated to hit theaters on May 6th, 2016.

Source: SFX

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Edited by micah

I'm cool with him not taking over the role in the films. If it happens, It's more likely to have Sam slip in the suit for a second as a shout-out to the comics. But I want Bucky to replace Cap if something does happen to Rogers in the Cinematic Universe.

Edited by AmazingWebHead

When has somebody replacing Steve as Captain America ever lasted? It's happened so many times…Hell, just go read Twisted Toyfare Theatre #123, "Poppin' A Cap".

Edited by Fallschirmjager

They should have just said

"No, its stupid"

Posted by SHAZAM117

Baron Zemo or GTFO

Posted by flazam

sounds pretty cool

Edited by longbowhunter

Man...poor Hawkeye. Always without something to do in the MCU.

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Posted by Squalleon

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.


Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

MODOK!!

Edited by The Impersonator

The movie will be called Captain American Falcon.

Edited by HushoftheWind

Man...poor Hawkeye. Always without something to do in the MCU.

yay i think that would be perfect if they added Hawkeye to the Cap films and have him compete, tease, and respect Rogers like he does comic.

Posted by Chaos Burn
Edited by Sammo21

I think its pretty obvious that Bucky will eventually replace Cap, especially with his amazing 9 film deal (which Mackie does not have) and the fact that Marvel played up the massive film deal so much around the time of Winter Soldier's release.

I'd love to see Bucky make a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron fighting off some Ultron drones or maybe secretly saving Steve from a few.

Posted by dondave
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Posted by CaptainHoopla

I want to see Crossbones teamed up with Sin in Cap 3.

Posted by sasquatch888

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.

Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

damn you made some great points ...i dont mind the wings and shield together but i wish they would have given falcon an ongoing series like they gave rocket racoon and starlord ....what better time to showcase falcon than right after the cap movie dropped and awareness of falcon is at an all time high

Posted by daredevil21134

Comics are the little people in their world.They could care less about happens in the comics

Posted by SilverPool

Ummm.... didn't Anthony Mackie slip that Sebastian was going to take over as Cap like a month ago? Why was this needing to be answered?

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Posted by Aliltron

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.

Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

Posted by longbowhunter

@hushofthewind: I agree. Hawkeye is just one character that's been a swing and a miss. Hopefully he'll play a bigger part and have a personality in Age of Ultron.

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Posted by micah

@aliltron said:

@squalleon said:

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.

Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

But the thing is will people actually read it??? Iron Patriot lasted only 5 issues............that speaks volumes about his chances.

Posted by Squalleon

@micah said:

@aliltron said:

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

But the thing is will people actually read it??? Iron Patriot lasted only 5 issues............that speaks volumes about his chances.

Why not introduce him to a team title first or make him a regular in Cap's title? To build up popularity, like Luke Cage in New avengers. I never understood how characters got ongoings(I am looking at you DC) when they lack a stable fanbase. I mean Klarion got an ongoing and MMH doesn't? Iron Patriot lasted only that long because Marvel thought the movies have build enough popularity for the character to jump on. But movies DON'T bring enough people to comics as DC and Marvel seem to think.

Posted by micah

@micah said:

@aliltron said:

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

But the thing is will people actually read it??? Iron Patriot lasted only 5 issues............that speaks volumes about his chances.

Why not introduce him to a team title first or make him a regular in Cap's title? To build up popularity, like Luke Cage in New avengers. I never understood how characters got ongoings(I am looking at you DC) when they lack a stable fanbase. I mean Klarion got an ongoing and MMH doesn't? Iron Patriot lasted only that long because Marvel thought the movies have build enough popularity for the character to jump on. But movies DON'T bring enough people to comics as DC and Marvel seem to think.

Yeah it's weird because alot of recent ongoings have focused on lesser known characters. I prefer him being Cap for a short while as opposed to him getting a useless ongoing at this point. Let's face it, I don't think anyone would read his ongoing that much. It's better for him to have a short run as Cap and actually get pushed into the mainstream eye as opposed to fading into obscurity, because either way the character is not that popular to sustain an ongoing at this point and time. Once again look at Iron Patriot, it had a great story, great art, and great talent involved with it, and it still crashed and burned after 5 issues.

Posted by Overlander

Great reference to Hector Hammond! Loved it.

Posted by sasquatch888

@micah said:

@aliltron said:

@squalleon said:

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.

Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

But the thing is will people actually read it??? Iron Patriot lasted only 5 issues............that speaks volumes about his chances.

just like every onther situation... cap will be back ...its getting kind of unoriginal replacing him at this point it would be more original if he just retired and ther was no cap for a year or two ....then people would miss him that much more.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

@hushofthewind: I agree. Hawkeye is just one character that's been a swing and a miss. Hopefully he'll play a bigger part and have a personality in Age of Ultron.

Yea. Hawkeye should be in a lot more of the movies like Black Widow is.

Posted by Squalleon

@micah said:

Yeah it's weird because alot of recent ongoings have focused on lesser known characters. I prefer him being Cap for a short while as opposed to him getting a useless ongoing at this point. Let's face it, I don't think anyone would read his ongoing that much. It's better for him to have a short run as Cap and actually get pushed into the mainstream eye as opposed to fading into obscurity, because either way the character is not that popular to sustain an ongoing at this point and time. Once again look at Iron Patriot, it had a great story, great art, and great talent involved with it, and it still crashed and burned after 5 issues.

He doesn't need to fade. He only needs to be in the spotlight. That can be done by actually using the character in teams and as supporting in Cap related titles and THEN give him an ongoing. Make him Cap out of a sudden and especially after Falcon became "cooler" in the public eye will only waste that chance and the ones who will buy the Captain America title will be Cap fans who already like Falcon and fans who are intrigued by the idea of a black Captain America and will drop Falcon the moment he goes back to being him. Promoting Falcon as himself is what Marvel wasted for short term profit. Iron Patriot getting a solo was mistake. Rhodey never had a fanbase big enough to support it. You want a solo title to succeed, you first have to make the character popular. Rhodey wasn't but Marvel never bothered into making him either.

Edited by micah

@micah said:

Yeah it's weird because alot of recent ongoings have focused on lesser known characters. I prefer him being Cap for a short while as opposed to him getting a useless ongoing at this point. Let's face it, I don't think anyone would read his ongoing that much. It's better for him to have a short run as Cap and actually get pushed into the mainstream eye as opposed to fading into obscurity, because either way the character is not that popular to sustain an ongoing at this point and time. Once again look at Iron Patriot, it had a great story, great art, and great talent involved with it, and it still crashed and burned after 5 issues.

He doesn't need to fade. He only needs to be in the spotlight. That can be done by actually using the character in teams and as supporting in Cap related titles and THEN give him an ongoing. Make him Cap out of a sudden and especially after Falcon became "cooler" in the public eye will only waste that chance and the ones who will buy the Captain America title will be Cap fans who already like Falcon and fans who are intrigued by the idea of a black Captain America and will drop Falcon the moment he goes back to being him. Promoting Falcon as himself is what Marvel wasted for short term profit. Iron Patriot getting a solo was mistake. Rhodey never had a fanbase big enough to support it. You want a solo title to succeed, you first have to make the character popular. Rhodey wasn't but Marvel never bothered into making him either.

That could work, I just like what their doing by having Captain Falcon lead the Mighty Avengers, they could have Cap and Falcon lead the team.

Posted by Xwraith

So I guess Bucky picking up the shield is also out?

Posted by SpitfirePanda

It'd be awesome for Sam to take over as Cap in the next movie, but only if it carries over to the next Avengers imo. As for Modok, he'd be a great villain with a lot of great opportunities to play him up for laughs. But the comedy shouldn't take away from his evil shenanigans.

Posted by RavenVice01

If u r going to hav MODOK in captain america 3 then u might as well hav iron man be included and the plot would basically be the civil war story arc. The whole story wuz basically cap and iron man at each others throats and their friends choosing sides.

In fact since the ultron threat is all tony's fault apparently, the civil war would be a good follow up. I would actually save MODOK for Iron man 4 and hav just about every big baddie iron man has ever faced included like the maggia (count nefaria & madame masque) crimson dynamo, blizzard, titanium man, ezekiel stane as the ghost who uses the technovore virus and of course the mandarin since his bio wasn't done properly.

I say this because Robert Downey Jr is getting kinda of tired of Tony stark and after Avengers 3, he is pretty much done. Plus I want to see all those iron man rogues b4 Downey calls it quits. Fin fang foom would be awesome to see but a stretch unless the mandarin transforms in to the dragon.

Edited by Goonage

Honestly, I hope Sam doesn't become Captain America. It reminds me too much of TDK.

Posted by SlickyMike88

I kinda want to see Thano's kill off steve rogers, so that we can see how much of a threat he is, adding drama you know :).

Posted by Teerack

MODOK is an odd choice for a Cap movie. I was hoping for Zemo since they had Strucker at the end of the credits.

Posted by LightPsyche

I think that they will re-instate Steve as Cap in the comics weeks before Cap 3, if anything.

Posted by M3th

@fallschirmjager: THey wouldn't say tHat because tHey wouldn't want to risk insulting a fanbase. Online users can be uber sensitive.

Megan Fox said, "Those people can complain. They all go to the theater. They’re gonna love it and if they don’t love it, they can f–k off."

And tHe online forum, Viners in particular got tHeir panties in a knot. WHy? Because sHe said some real $#!% ?

People complain about movies and still go watcH tHem on opening nigHt.

-ABstract4$$#073-

Posted by Aliltron

@micah said:

@aliltron said:

@squalleon said:

At least they admitted that the shield and the wings don't make any sense together. Its like Aquaman having both the trident and the hook arm, its uncomfortable.

Anyway the movies are actually doing a better job at portraying Falcon than the comics. For the first time Falcon was cool, cool suit, cool backstory. And what does Marvel do, makes him Cap. Now I can see Falcon as Cap and he has been his partner for so long it makes kind of sense BUT(there is always a but) making him Cap makes him look like a sidekick more than a partner... Also Falcon has for the first time some following and Marvel takes that away by giving him the temporary solution that is making him Cap, hurting the character in the long run, because lets be honest, Steve WILL return and Falcon will again fall into obscurity because Marvel instead of promoting him as Falcon they stuffed him under the Cap banner and as a result when he becames Falcon again it will look like a downgrade.

I totally agree with you on this. I also think that they should have made a Falcon ongoing instead of having him replace Steve as Cap. Like you said, Steve will return to the role, as he has many times before, and so it'll be a downgrade exactly. Instead of giving Falcon his own roster of bad guys to fight, he'll be fighting Cap villains.

But the thing is will people actually read it??? Iron Patriot lasted only 5 issues............that speaks volumes about his chances.

just like every onther situation... cap will be back ...its getting kind of unoriginal replacing him at this point it would be more original if he just retired and ther was no cap for a year or two ....then people would miss him that much more.

That's...actually not a bad idea.... I totally agree with you. It is getting unoriginal replacing him. That's really the only reason I'm not excited for Sam taking over. It's because it was less than 10 years ago where Steve was "killed" and replaced as Cap. I think your approach would be better, maybe not have a Captain America for a year or two then people would want Steve back.

I also understand where you guys are coming from about Falcon maybe not having enough popularity to have his own run.

Posted by Aliltron

@lightpsyche: Yes I agree. I think Steve will be Cap again in the comics by Cap 3

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

Red Skull needs to come back. Hugo Weaving's contract was for more than one movie!

Posted by T_Aesir

@aliltron said:

@lightpsyche: Yes I agree. I think Steve will be Cap again in the comics by Cap 3

Hope so, i nothing against Sam but Cap should be a person that went to WW2 its the DNA of this Character...

Posted by sasquatch888
Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

@sasquatch888:

He's contractually obligated for three movies I believe. So he has no choice >:D

Posted by Aliltron

@t_aesir said:

@aliltron said:

@lightpsyche: Yes I agree. I think Steve will be Cap again in the comics by Cap 3

Hope so, i nothing against Sam but Cap should be a person that went to WW2 its the DNA of this Character...

I couldn't agree with you more!

Posted by Aliltron

@sasquatch888:

He's contractually obligated for three movies I believe. So he has no choice >:D

Right. If Marvel did want to bring back Red Skull, Weaving would have to come back, he did sign a three-picture deal. It's too bad he doesn't want to come back, I liked his Red Skull

Edited by waezi2

I just realized something: If he had been named Eagle instead of Falcon, he would be as American as Captain America.