Chris Evans showed up at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12 to help promote his new movie, “The Iceman,” and was asked questions about “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” In the interview, he spilled some news, confirming earlier rumors.
"There were always hints at that," Evans said when talking about the comic book story “The Winter Soldier.” “The best thing about [Marvel Studios president] Kevin Feige is he's a fan. He's not just a businessman, he's a rabid comic book fan. Even during the first 'Captain America,' well before 'The Avengers,' there were whispers of ['Winter Soldier'] being the sequel. So I'm excited to tackle that."
For those who don’t read comic books, “Winter Soldier” is a Captain America storyline that involves the return of his best friend Bucky Barnes from the dead. It turns out he never died and was found by the Soviet Union and turned into a super soldier assassin called The Winter Soldier. Much like Cap, Bucky didn’t age over the years thanks to suspended animation.
It is unclear if the movie will use the same plot details as the comics.
Sebastian Stan, who portrayed Bucky in the first movie, signed on for more films, signaling that Bucky was not dead after all.
Another tidbit of news that Evans released was that newcomer Anthony Mackie is indeed playing The Falcon, a Captain America ally in the comics.
"He's so great," Evans said. "I've known Mackie for a few years now. I'm really happy we got him. We got lucky."
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” hits theaters on April 14, 2014.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.