Captain Oppressor?

This is not promising — at all.

Planned to hit the big screen in the spring of 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s 2005 story arc. It should come to no surprise to fans, then, that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige describes the tone of the film as being a “political thriller.”

“If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did,” Feige says, speaking to Variety on the larger issue of the continued popularity of comic book films, “because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.”

Now I’ll say that Marvel has earned a huge benefit of the doubt with their recent spate of superhero movies, but the description of the Captain America sequel as a “political thriller” sounds suspiciously like “liberal sucker punch”. Two words: Action film. Don’t screw it up.

27 comments to Captain Oppressor?

  • goozer

    Floyd — look up the “Winter Soldier” arc. It’s an idiotic, mastubatory retcon mess.


  • Ken in NH

    Assuming it’s not Jon Favreau directing, it will be a liberal sucker punch.

  • Maybe the villain will be a crypto-commie, power-grabbing chief executive. :)

  • Tracy,txmom2many

    I don’t know…CA has been a stand up patriotic God loving kinda guy so far, it’s gonna be hard to keep his character consistent and screw up too bad. That said, I’ll still be sending my entertainment canary to see it first.

  • It’s admittedly been awhile since I bought an issue of or even paid much attention to anything Captain America besides the recent cinematic version, so one of the comic guys or gals can correct me if I’m wrong. Didn’t the mentioned arc involve Cap getting killed after taking sides with a fascist-leaning US government, a government a patriotic Iron Man opposed? Also seem to recall the “resurrected” Cap being anti-Tea Party movement, too, or am I wrong on that as well?

    Either way, based on the above story, count me in the “pass” category.

    • JimmyC

      The Brubaker arc mentioned above dealt with Cap being reunited with Winter Soldier. I haven’t read it, so I’ll have to take Goozer’s word for it. You’re thinking of “Civil War”, which was written by Mark Millar and came out a year later (and, it should be said, sucks donkey balls). Aside from some mild military bashing in The Incredible Hulk, the Marvel movies have managed to avoid liberal sucker punches thus far, so I’m still hoping this will be good.

  • Kit

    They have been pretty good so far so I’ll give Marvel Studios the benefit of the doubt.

    Also, from what I’ve read it may largely involve the organization S.H.I.E.L.D., with appearances by people such as Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johanson, Cobie Smulders, etc.

    So, I’m hopeful.

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