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.

      • I recall a certain website (that many around here hung out at, and wrote for) that bashed the first Iron Man movie before they even saw a single frame of it, based on similar information and an artists rendering of Tony Stark shooting a tank of unknown national origin.

        I’d at least hang on until I found out a little more about this film other than what was just said.

        Case in point, “The Americans” TV show. Based on what someone involved in the creation of the thing said, we were supposed to be rooting for the Russian spies. Based on what I’ve seen nothing could be further from the truth…unless you are a commie symp, that is. SO, point being until I get more info I’m keeping an open mind.

        • Yeah, thought about that, too, about not passing judgment till more info comes down the road. You’d think I was actually under John Nolte’s employ (ha! like they pay their writers).

          The Americans rocks, too, don’t it?

          • Yeah, well the commies aren’t going to get their due anytime soon…the series would end…so I am less than fulfilled. Additionally if I were a patriotic person of color I might be a little bit put off by that show.

            The only other problem I’ve seen is some of the hair styles and clothes are wrong for the early 80’s.

            • True, true. I more pleased than I thought I would be, though, and the music selections have been surprisingly accurate and loved the use of “Tusk” on the pilot. Kinda off with “Harden My Heart,” but close enough. Not like they were playing “Two Tribes.”

        • goozer

          My objection has to do with the source material — if you start out with fanboi jizz, then your chances of creating anything other than a fanboi jizz film are vanishingly small.*

          As far as I’m concerned, Bucky died. He was never brought back to be a Soviet Super Soldier/Assassin. He never became Captain America. Any stories to the contrary belong to the arrested development crowd.


          *Of course, they could do what the Bourne series did, and change everything from the source material but the names. But then I still won’t go because Bucky is dead.

      • Daniel Crandall

        “sucks donkey balls” .. HA! HA! … That, Jimmy, made me laugh out loud.

        More of a summary of that Civil War summer crap-tacular – the gov’t set up a Super-hero Registration Law after a fight by a bunch of second tier heroes to stop some baddies went bad and wiped out an entire neighborhood. Iron Man/Tony Stark thought registration was a good idea. Capt. America didn’t. Heroes took different sides. Allegedly reformed bad guys – naturally, given Marvel’s massive Left-wing bias – lined up with Iron Man. It was pretty much Iron Man vs. Captain America. The steel suit won. Cap was shot by a sniper. And Tony realized how he was wrong all along …

        Or something like that…

        Basically it was Stan Lee/Marvel vs. George W. Bush/War on Islamofascism.

  • 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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