It's no secret that Disney/Marvel were already planning a third Captain America movie prior to the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Even Marvel Studios prez Kevin Feige admitted to us that both Cap 3 and Thor 3 were "in the very early stages of development; getting scripts going, getting stories going." So it's really no surprise that Disney has decided to make things all official and stuff with Captain America 3 following the terrific opening weekend of The Winter Soldier ($92 million, which shattered the previous April record held by Fast Five). What is a surprise, though, is that Feige and co. decided to open Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016, officially confirming rumors that the next Cap adventure will arrive in theaters on the same day as Batman vs. Superman (aka Man of Steel 2), setting up what might be the biggest weekend battle of all time.
Of course, that's if one of those two movies doesn't get out of the other's way. Right now, though, it appears as if they're both playing a spectacular game of chicken, and while Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have remained silent on the matter, Marvel and Disney are confidently reclaiming a weekend they've owned for years. It all sounds pretty ballsy on paper, but we don't expect both movies to open on the same weekend, especially with so much at stake for each. What will most likely happen is Batman vs. Superman moving till later in the summer (maybe mid July), or it could even pull a Winter Soldier and open in early April. Either way, expect this story to be ongoing as major studios jockey for that prime summer real estate.
But What Will Captain America 3 Be About?
So now that it's official, will Captain America 3 adapt another popular Cap storyline from the comics, or will it be a continuation of The Winter Soldier story? Well, according to Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo (who will return for part three), the next chapter will continue the storyline of the second one, which they consider to be a two parter. Will events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron impact Cap 3? Oh, definitely, especially since the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) is signed up for multiple Marvel movies. We haven't seen the last of him.
What would you like to see from Captain America 3? And do you think both movies should open on the same weekend?
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