Christopher Markus

Captain America The Winter Soldier

One of the biggest hits of the year so far has been Captain America: The Winter Soldier, making it a bigger success than the first film. It helps that it follows up The Avengers and cross-pollinates with other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, what also helped it along was a fresh story that was less of a gee-whiz superhero film and more inspired by the conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s. Now that the film has been released on home video, the directors and writers have sat down and dissected it in their commentary track, available on the Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray. (Sorry, folks… the DVD does not have the commentary on it, so you’ll have to spring for a Blu-ray player if you want to listen. But, seriously, why don’t you have a Blu-ray player already? You do? Thought so.


Scott Rosenberg

Paramount and director Michael Bay seem bound and determined to turn Bay’s next big picture, true-life tale Pain and Gain, into a real piece of work (read – not a film that gets its big gags from racist robots). First, Bay secured a story that’s seemingly ready-made for the cinematic treatment – a dark, funny, bizarre, and captivating story about loser bodybuilders in Miami who get mixed up violent crime (violent crime that, despite their bulk, they are truly not cut out for). Then, he filled out his cast with a mix of recognizable talent (Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson), spiced it up with some solid hitters (Ed Harris, Tony Shaloub, and Anthony Mackie), and then (for once in his directorial career), cast a model (Bar Paly) in a role suitable for a model. What next, Bay? According to THR, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg has been brought in “for polish and punch-up duties” on the film’s script. First penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (all three The Chronicles of Narnia films, Captain America: The First Avenger), Rosenberg will likely add bigger action and and the sort of humor Bay goes for (fun fact, Rosenberg wrote the “Animal Crackers” scene in Armageddon).



There were a lot of things that I liked about Captain America: The First Avenger, but my biggest disappointment with the film was that we didn’t get nearly enough time spent with Cap battling the Red Skull and his crazy group of science driven terrorists. It felt like 90% of the film was all setup and then we got the action in a 10-minute montage. That’s why I’m super pumped to hear Captain America co-writer Christopher Markus tell Hero Complex that he’s got some crazy, Cap battling science ideas for the sequel. Markus starts off the crazy by saying, “I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum [sic].” For those of you not comic book savvy, MODOK is one of the most ludicrous villains with a long time publishing history. He’s basically a giant head inside of a metal helmet that has little metal arms and legs dangling off of it. He started off as a guy named George Tarleton who got experimented on by the Advanced Idea Mechanics (or AIM) and turned into a living computer named MODOC (or Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing). Tarleton had other ideas though. Despite the fact that he was designed for computing, that wasn’t exactly what he intended on doing; so he killed his creators, took control of AIM, and renamed himself MODOK (or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing). Why would a character so ridiculous have a long […]


Captain America

After traveling deep into the wardrobe, Marvel has found its Captain America writers. Can they go from Aslan to the Captain?

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015

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