CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER has officially started production. Here’s the first image plus a synopsis

Iron Man 3 will soon be lighting up our cinemas with snarky (Starky?) one liners and ten-ringed pimp slaps, while Thor: The Dark World is currently busy putting the final touches on the godly smackdown that he’ll be bringing to the table. But there’s one member of Marvel’s vaunted trinity that hasn’t quite shown up to the party yet. He’s a little late, what with being stuck in ice since WWII and all, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier has finally kicked off production.

And to celebrate, here’s the first pic from the film, as well as some plot details.

The above dramatic pic of Cap (Chris Evans) sporting the famous shield and the announcement of the start of production was revealed via a press release for the Anthony and Joe Russo directed sequel, and hidden in the insane amount of brackets and film credits (you’ll see what I mean later) was the revelation that Robert Redford would be playing a character known as Agent Alexander Pierce, “a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization”. Which is totally definitely 100% the same as saying you’re “the Head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, isn’t it, Robert?

We also get this first officially released bit of story info for the sequel:

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

I find it funny that Marvel are still trying to keep the  identity of that “powerful yet shadowy enemy” a secret in this synopsis, despite the fact that it was given away by the title, the casting and the concept art as well as being obvious to anybody with a passing knowledge of Captain America comics. For the 6 of you out there who still don’t know: Cap’s WWII sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan), presumed dead in the war after being on the wrong end of an explosion on a speeding train in Switzerland, is back and brainwashed as the Winter Soldier, a cybernetic assassin with ties to Black Widow’s (Scarlett Johannson) past in Russia.

Here’s the full press release for your reading pleasure.

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”)

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.”  “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.  On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

Told you it was a lot of brackets and film credits.

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  • Rincethis: Spellalicious

    Well, not sure about you, but I am excited!

    • Skyblue

      Yeah, second that, I really enjoyed the first movie, a lot more heart than the rest of the stuff Marvel is peddling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

      I’m really intrigued. It’s one of my favourite Marvel stories. The mystery ingredients are the Russo Bros though. They’ve done great work on Community, but a meta-sitcom is a far cry from a superhero epic.