Captain America 3 (May 6, 2016)
Beyond the fact that the film has been confirmed, we don’t know much about the third Captain America movie. Following early screenings of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel was so encouraged by the reactions that it approached directors Anthony and Joe Russo about the possibility of coming back to helm the third film. The duo accepted, and hired Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, and The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to write the sequel.
The film will star Chris Evans, who originally signed on for six pictures. Following the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will mark his fourth appearance as Steve Rogers, he will then be contractually obligated to appear twice more (his cameo in Thor: The Dark World did not count towards his contract). The first of those two remaining appearances will be Captain America 3, meaning the third Avengers film would be Evans’ last obligated appearance. After that, he would be free to leave the role behind or re-sign.
Although unconfirmed, both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie will likely return. Samuel L. Jackson may return as well, but he has three pictures left on his nine picture deal with Marvel, and it hasn’t been announced what three films those are, or if he will return after that.
- Captain America 3 is currently scheduled to be released on the same day as Man of Steel 2. Marvel staked out the May 6, 2016 date for an undisclosed film long ago, but WB decided to challenge Marvel when it delayed the Superman follow-up from 2015 to 2016. Marvel recently confirmed that the date would be used for the third Captain America film. It may be a matter of who blinks first.
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