First, over at Spinoff Online, they released some shots of Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in action. The cool thing is that it seems to indicate both that Natasha will have a larger role than what was originally supposed to be a cameo, and that Cap will be sporting a variation of the Steve Rogers Super Soldier outfit he wore for a while a few years ago.
While I think it's a cool suit, I also think it's not the one I want to see Cap in all the time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yeah, the Stars and Stripes are a little hokey, but it's part of what makes Cap such an iconic character. As Coulson so memorably put it in The Avengers, we could use a little old-fashioned.
Next up, we've got some pics of Steve and Natasha, this time in civvies, putting the hurt on Maximiliano Hernandez' SHIELD agent Jasper Sitwell, courtesy of Screen Crush.
Finally, Screen Crush just leaked some shots of Anthony Mackie as the Falcon. From the looks of this, they're taking a page from the Ultimate Universe version of Sam Wilson and not going with the more colourful version from the mainstream Marvel Universe. As this is way easier to realise in a live-action setting, I have no qualms about it. Mackie looks bad ass, and his inclusion is really going to broaden the cinematic universe Marvel is busy creating.
I'm really getting jazzed for this sequel. First off, they're drawing from Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier storyline, which is a strong contender for best Captain America storyline ever. It's a story that could really be seamlessly adapted for film, as it's less of a comic book super-hero story, and more of a spy thriller with some sci-fi overtones. From what everyone has said about this film, directors Anthony and Joe Russo are going for a 70's espionage film vibe, and that is the perfect tone for this story.
What's everybody else think about these shots? Working for you, or not?