It has been known that next May’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the Marvel Studios Phase Two film that would draw the most from last summer’s The Avengers. While Iron Man and Thor have headed off to have their own adventures, Captain America was sticking around to work with spy agency SHIELD, the group that formed the Avengers. But it turns out that it is also the Phase Two film that will have the strongest link into 2015’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron
Speaking with the Huffington Post at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo explained how that would work –
There’s a very strong connection in the narrative between the events of the end of Avengers that drive this film — and there’s a very strong hand off to Avengers 2 at the end of this movie. And Kevin Feige’s whole thing is that this is the biggest bridge of all of Phase 2 movies; it really is. It does involve the most amount of Avengers of any of the films in Phase 2, and it has sort of a, you know, there’s a very big shift in the universe at the end of this movie.
So what is this big shift that will happen at the end of the movie? We know that The Winter Soldier is being described as more of a contemporary thriller with some political overtones. Will there be some sort of upheaval in SHIELD that will affect the Avengers team?
Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford and Georges St-Pierre and is set for an April 4, 2014 release.