Anthony and Joe Russo Talk ‘Captain America 3’ (Sort Of)

By September 2, 2014

Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo came out guns blazing with this summer’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a big and satisfying sequel that quite effectively moved forward both the overarching Marvel mythos (the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D.!) and Cap’s own storyline (the introduction of both the Falcon and the Winter Soldier!). The pair will be back for the third Cap movie, set to hit the big screen 2016, and they already have a good idea of where that new entry into the MCU will go.

Not that they’re ready — or even able — to share that vision with their fans. SuperHeroHype chatted with the Russos over the weekend, and the pair were understandable cagey when it comes to sharing what the third Captain America film will hold (and how it will impact the rest of the MCU). Still, SHH did manage to get some details out of them, and they’re the kind that seem primed to keep fans guessing for many months to come.

If you’re a fan of Cap, the Russos, the MCU, or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and especially if you’re interested in what the “Agent Carter” series will hold, be sure to check out the complete interview — it’s a must-read that will definitely tickle you — but when it comes to Captain America 3, we’ve pulled out some of the juiciest bits below.


1. The Russos can’t speak to rumors that Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will play a large part in Captain America 3, but it seems fair to assume that the third film in the trilogy will be focused on Cap and his closest pals — whoever they may be. As Anthony says, “It’s too specific to what the movie may be,” although Joe concedes, “There are certainly characters that Cap is close to or has a strong relationship with that would make sense appearing in his films.”

2. They’ve been doing a lot of hands-on work with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, along with producer Nate Moore. As Joe shares, “Something that we’ve taken from our work in television is what we call working in a room, which is basically where you take the creative brain trust…and we literally sit in a room for weeks on end and discuss the storytelling and the narrative, discuss execution, discuss tone. Then once we have a script, read the script out loud, and stop and go as we read out loud and talk about how we can polish things or how we can make things better, if anybody has a stronger idea if we have something that’s not really working.”

3. The first draft of the film is done. Like, officially done!

4. The Russos know what the film’s title is — but they’re not sharing it just yet. Perhaps because it will give too much away? (Just think of what “the Winter Soldier” implied when it was announced!)

5. S.H.I.E.L.D. will not play a large part in the third film. Joe explains, “As it stands now Cap 2 is a very S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric movie and now that SHIELD is dissolved it’s not as big of a component in Cap 3.”

Captain America 3 (whatever it may be called) will open on May 6, 2016.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss,, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.