With Captain America: The Winter Soldier hitting theaters this Friday, we've scanned the internet and secret S.H.I.E.L.D. databases for any interesting factoids that might get a Marvel fan salivating. Here's what we came up with:
1. Chris Evans explains Steve Rogers/Captain America will continue to struggle adjusting to modern life. In the world of the film, Rogers was awoken from cryogenic freeze three years ago. Evans says "It's not so much about his shock with technology... It's more about the societal differences. He's gone from the 1940s to today. He comes from a world where people were a little more trusting, the threats not as deep. Now, it's harder to tell who's right and wrong. Actions you take to protect people from threats could compromise liberties and privacy. That's tough for Steve to swallow."
2. The working title of the movie was Freezer Burn. Popular films will often use fake titles to avoid leaks.
3. Robert Redford was excited for his role as Alexander Pierce. His grandchildren are big Marvel fans and we wanted to be in a comic book movie for them. He was a natural for the spy-centered film, having appeared in Three Days of the Condor (1975) and Spy Game (2001).
4. Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones, Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer, Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Elizabeth Olsen and Jessica Brown Findlay were all considered for the role of Agent 13. The part eventually went to Emily VanCamp. The character's name is a cover for Sharon Carter, Rogers' girlfriend in the comics. Look for these two to get together soon if not in this movie.
5. Anthony Mackie, who plays Falcon, didn't like the production's update on his character's costume at first. He wanted the red spandex look from the comics.
6. Former UFC Welterweight Champ Georges St-Pierre portrays Batroc the Leaper.
7. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin Durand and Josh Holloway screen-tested for the role of Brock Rumlow/Crossbones. The part went to Frank Grillo, who played a UFC trainer in Warrior.
8. Shooting in Washington D.C. put Steve Rogers, Black Widow, and Falcon in scenes at some of the most prominent national landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Air and Space Museum, Capitol Building, National Mall, Occidental Restaurant at The Willard Hotel, DuPont Circle Neighborhood and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, which the production shut down for the first time ever for the filming of a major motion picture.
9. The Winter Soldier is the fourth movie Evans and Johansson have worked on together, including The Perfect Score (2004), The Nanny Diaries (2007), and The Avengers (2012). They also wrote their own dialogue for several scenes they had together.
10. "Cut the Check!" was the motto on set thanks to Anthony Mackie, who said the phrase any time something went right or a scene was completed. In no time, he had everyone else saying it too.
11. Cap 2 could prove to be the coming out party for Romanian American actor Sebastian Stan, who plays the villainous Winter Soldier. To prepare, he endured five months of intense physical training and researched his character's background. He says, "I dove into the whole Cold War history. I looked at the KGB. I looked at all kinds of spy movies and all kinds of documentaries about that time." Stan also walked around set all day practicing his edged weapon artistry with a plastic knife so his movements were more natural.
12. George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) were finalists to direct the film, but Marvel selected brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who had only directed TV episodes (Community, Arrested Development) and one film (Welcome to Collinwood). The Russos will also direct the third Captain America film, due out in 2016.
13. What should impress Marvel fans, and any action film fan for that matter, is the stark minimization of CGI in The Winter Soldier. From Anthony Mackie: "The Russos, what they did that was so great was, they wanted to stay with live action, which is a dying art form... If they could build it, they built it. If we could do it, we did it. They wanted to do as little CGI as possible. That's why the movie looks so great."
14. It's no spoiler to reveal The Winter Soldier will include a mid and/or post-credits scene like other Marvel films before it. Joss Whedon directed the sequence, which reportedly introduces new superheroes we'll meet in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
(Sources: Wikipedia, iMDB)