MANILA, Philippines – Timely Comics’ most popular character during the 1940s is set to make its way back to the big screen again this year following the success of Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s The Avengers.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the frail patriot who went through a procedure to help him reach the peak of human ability so he can help the US Army during World War II, will be back this March for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Much to the delight of Marvel fans, the sequel pick-ups where Marvel’s The Avengers left off. Fresh from saving the world in a major battle in New York City against alien invaders, Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world.
He teams up with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), a.k.a Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Here are some fun facts about the movie and its actors that make us look forward to seeing on the big screen more:
- Chris Evans had mixed martial arts (MMA) training. In keeping up with modern day villains, Captain America needed to master modern fighting techniques. Parkour, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate, and boxing are some fighting styles fans can expect in the upcoming sequel, particularly in an exciting “elevator scene.” For maximum dexterity, Evans also underwent gymnastics training.
- The villain is a former UFC fighting champion. Chris Evans may have gone through rigorous training to keep in tip-top shape, but will he be a match for former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre? The MMA fighter appears in the film as one of the villains, a French mercenary Batroc the Leaper. According to the filmmakers, casting the popular fighter was caused by good timing and a stroke of luck. Georges St-Pierre, who makes his action movie debut, considers himself equally lucky.
- Captain America gets a new stealth suit. For the newest film, The Captain rocks a suit that’s more functional, less costumey, now made with a Kevlar-based ballistic component that functions as a military uniform, while providing utmost protection. To add, we hear he looks mighty fine in his new wardrobe.
- The shield now doubles as a weapon. We’ve heard Marvel fans dismiss Captain America’s weapon for being boring and not as flashy as Iron Man’s technologically advanced built-in guns and not as daunting as Thor’s hammer. This time however, his iconic shield will see a lot more action in the coming film. While the indestructible shield was traditionally used for defense, expect Captain America to show off its offensive capabilities.
- “Cut the check!” is on-set lingo for a successful take. Whenever something good happened on set and after each scene was successfully completed, actor Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) would exclaim, “Cut the check!” The line was eventually picked up by other production members, and soon enough, everyone on set was saying the expression.
- The Falcon costume was redesigned. Filmmakers envisioned a more tactical design to the Falcon costume, compared to that in the comic books. Iconic parts of the costume were retained, but elements that would not work in the modern day were scrapped. Webbing, straps, and gear were also incorporated in the film version, resulting to a realistic and functional costume. It takes actor Anthony Mackie 25 minutes to gear up.
- Evans met his mini-mes. The best part of shooting in Washington D.C.? Taking photos with young Captain Americas, said Chris Evans. While shooting scenes on the streets of the capital, young children dressed in Captain America costumes lined the streets, hoping to meet the Captain himself. Throughout the production, Evans routinely obliged their requests.
Are you a Captain America fan? Tell us how excited you are for the upcoming movie in the comments section below. – Rappler.com
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ opens across the Philippines on March 26
Editors’ Note: An earlier version of this article said that Georges St Pierre was the reigning UFC welterweight champion. He is actually a former champion. The correction has been reflected and we’re sorry for the error.
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