CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
If you were one of the many who headed to theaters this weekend to see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," congrats -- you helped contribute to another record-breaking opening weekend for Marvel Studios. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" now has the top April opening of all time with $96.2 million, besting "Fast Five," which grossed $86.2 million during its opening weekend.
Unsurprisingly, "Captain America 3" is already in the pipeline, and the sequel will tangle with the "Man of Steel" sequel on May 6, 2016, as confirmed by Marvel.com.
The film's screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely spoke with CBR at the home office in Los Angeles about the sequel, covering a myriad of topics including building up the Black Widow as a character.
"Well she's cool because you don't know what her past is," said Markus. "I don't think it's the past of the comic book, I think she might actually be the age she appears to be. But everyone else is pretty much an open book. We know where Iron Man came from, we know where Captain America came from, and she's just shown up in a black outfit and has clearly done much worse things than anybody else. So, there's a lack of self-righteousness there. That's why she's so great next to Cap because she's done things he would never do."
Now in theaters
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
"The Winter Soldier" had a huge impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the direction of the films moving forward -- and as a result, spoilers are all over the Internet. Definitely stop reading now if you haven't seen "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" yet.
Crave Online spoke with Marvel head Kevin Feige about some of the major Easter eggs and teases hidden within the film -- specifically, the almost off-handed mention of a very familiar name.
"The whole thing, what Sitwell’s saying is, this algorithm is going to predict if you’re going to become a problem for Hydra or not," Feige told Crave Online. "So you don’t have to just be Tony Stark, actively plotting to save the world. You could be a kid whose SAT scores and whose essays have indicated that you’re going to be a problem one day. So is Stephen Strange the Sorcerer Supreme? Probably not at that point. Is he an unbelievably talented neurosurgeon who’s opinionated and kind of arrogant? Probably. That might put him on the list."
Feige also said that characters viewers haven't seen since the first "Avengers" film -- like Hawkeye and the Hulk -- will get their time in the spotlight for "Age of Ultron."
"Not every character from every movie is going to be in 'Age of Ultron,' for sure. But Joss [Whedon] is excited and, for the characters you haven’t seen since the first 'Avengers' -- like Hawkeye, like Hulk -- there’s a reason for that, and that gets showcased quite prominently in 'Age of Ultron.'"
Samuel L. Jackson spoke to Buzzfeed about Nick Fury's role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" following his character's resolution in "The Winter Soldier."
"'Avengers 2' is so huge, and having seen the tag, I don’t know there’s a real space for Nick in that scenario because everything is so extraordinary,” Jackson told Buzzfeed. "When you come down to it, Nick’s an ordinary guy who knows how to bend extraordinary people to his will. The ['Avengers' sequel] is not about Nick and what S.H.I.E.L.D. is going through. We’re going to skip over him in an interesting sort of way. … Don’t get me wrong, I’ll show up, but it’s not to be an effective part of the plot or the resolution of the plot from ['The Winter Soldier']."
Opens May 1, 2015
AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
It's a pretty good bet that "The Winter Soldier" will have some major fallout for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In fact ABC has already released a new promo for the show that teases what to expect from this week's episode. If you're a fan of the show, but haven't seen "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" yet, you might want to hold off on watching this episode until you've seen the film.
Plus, Marvel has released a promo with interviews discussing the major connectivity between the movies and the show.
Airs Tuesdays on ABC
Check out this new extended-look trailer for Legendary Pictures' "Godzilla."
Opens May 16
Minor "Ant-Man" casting news surfaced over the weekend: Matt Gerald has been cast as "one of the bad guys" in Edgar Wright's upcoming film. Gerald previously had a role as "White Power Dave" in the recent "All Hail the King" Marvel One-Shot. He has also had parts in "Escape Plan," "Avatar," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and more.
Opens July 17, 2015