Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trivia

(Total Trivia Entries: 106)

“The truth is a matter of circumstances, it’s not all things to all people all the time.”

Did you know that in the scene where Steve Rogers is noting down his significant events catch-up list that this list varies from country to country? To find out more trivia keep on reading.

Casting                        Screenplay & Production


According to Chris Evans Steve Rogers continues his adjustment to the modern world that began in The Avengers (2012). He explained, “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.”


To prepare for his role in this film Evans received training in parkour, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, karate, boxing, and gymnastics, as the Russo brothers believed that bringing Rogers into the modern day also meant that he had studied and mastered modern fighting styles and techniques.



Screenwriter Christopher Markus stated Natasha’s character in this movie as a “great contrast” to Steve Rogers. He described her as “incredibly modern, not very reverent, and just very straightforward whereas Steve is, you know a man from the 40s. He’s not a boy scout, but he is reserved and has a moral center, whereas her moral center moves.” The Russos added, “She’s a character who lies for a living. That’s what she does. He’s a character who tells the truth. Give them a problem and they’ll have different ways of approaching it. She’s pushing him to modernize, and he’s pushing her to add a certain level of integrity to her life.”


When asked about Natasha’s relationship with Steve, Scarlet Johansson explained, “By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate. They share many similarities because they live on the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity.”



Apparently for several scenes that they had together Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrote their own dialogue.


Samuel L. Jackson describes his character Nick Fury as facing a crisis in this film. He stated: “Almost everything that comes out of Nick Fury’s mouth is a lie in some sense. He has to ask if he is even lying to himself too? He has a very good idea of what’s going on but his paranoia keeps him from believing some of it. You see Nick Fury the office guy, him going about the day-to-day work of SHIELD and the politics as opposed to that other stuff. It’s great to have him dealing with Captain America in terms of being able to speak to him soldier to soldier and try to explain to him how the world has changed in another way while he was frozen in time. Some of the people who used to be our enemies are now our allies – him trying to figure out, ‘Well, how do we trust those guys?’ or ‘How do we trust the guys that you didn’t trust who don’t trust you?’ And explaining to him that the black and white of good guys/bad guys has now turned into this grey area.”



About Fury’s character in this film, screenwriter McFeely commented, “Fury represents an obstacle for Steve in some ways. They don’t always agree on how SHIELD ought to be used.”


Anthony Mackie wanted to take the role of the Falcon partly to give African-American kids another Black superhero to enjoy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, apart from War Machine in the Iron Man series.


About his character, Mackie stated; “Wilson is a really smart guy who went through major military training and becomes a tactical leader. He’s the first African-American superhero. It makes me feel all the work I’ve done has been paying off. I have a son, nephews and nieces, and I love the idea that they can dress up as the Falcon on Halloween. They now have someone they can idolize. That’s a huge honor for me.”


In order to fulfill his dream of playing a Marvel comic book character, Anthony Mackie wrote a series of e-mail pleas to Marvel. The studio kept responding to him that they would reply in due time and it was eventually because Mackie’s emails caught the attention of producer Kevin Feige that he was subsequently offered the role of Sam Wilson/Falcon.


Apparently Marvel cast Mackie because of his “energy and sense of fun.” They did not let him read a script before signing on. And to prepare for his role Mackie spent five months doing two-a-day workouts and eating an 11,000 calorie per day diet to get into shape.


On Steve Rogers’ Relationship with Sam Wilson, Evans explained, “Meeting Mackie’s character, he used to serve, now he works at the VA counseling guys who come home with PTSD, they connect on that level. I think they’re both wounded warriors who don’t bleed on other people. Cap has no one to bleed on. I think Mackie knows how to handle people like that. Sometimes when things are bad, trusting a stranger is the way to go.”



For the Falcon costume, the filmmakers were interested in adding more of a tactical design than was represented in the comic books, by including real-world webbing, straps and gear and stripping away the more comic book elements.


Apparently Mackie was unhappy with the modern take on his costume as Falcon since he wanted the red spandex look from the comics. Instead, this film adapts the Falcon from Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Marvel imprint, which has him as a special operations soldier who happens to be equipped with a costume, goggles and unique winged flying harness with much more subdued dark colors.



Robert Redford was cast as Alexander Pierce in part as a homage to his roles in 1970s thrillers like Three Days of the Condor (1975). In the comics Pierce’s character was in fact one of Nick Fury’s top covert agents, skilled in hand-to-hand combat.


About the reasons he was attracted to his role, Redford stated, “I wanted to experience this new form of filmmaking that’s taken over where you have kind of cartoon characters brought to life through high technology.” Redford also confirmed one of the reasons he agreed to do the film is because his grandchildren are fans of Marvel films and he wanted them to see him in one.



Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, is contracted for nine films but according to him, when production for this film began he wasn’t told which films he would be playing in. He only found out that he would be playing the title role of Winter Soldier when the title was formally revealed in San Diego Comic Con 2013.


To prepare for the role of the Winter Solder, Sebastian Stan went through five months of physical training and historical research. He explained, “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, and what it was about. I grabbed anything from that time period and anything about brainwashing.”


Regarding Bucky’s transition into the Winter Soldier, Stan said, “You know, the truth of the situation is although he looks very different and there’s different things about him, it still comes from the same person. I think you’ll get to see that no matter what. I think part of my goal here was to make sure that you see an extension of that version but just a different color of that same version in a way. I think he’s still the same guy; he’s cut from the same cloth.”



Producer Kevin Feige described the Winter Soldier character as “being methodically, almost robotically, following orders for 70 years.”


Apparently during filming, Sebastian Stan would practice his moves with a plastic knife as he wanted his movements to feel and look natural.


Cobie Smulders who plays Maria Hill stated that she did some of her own stunts in the film explaining, “I try to do my own stunts whenever I can. You’re only allowed to do certain stunts. There is an amazing team of stunt people that do most of the work in this film. But, I studied a lot of tae kwon do. I also did a lot of training just with weapons because I’m not very comfortable around guns. I had to get comfortable because that’s my character’s thing… I like to get really physical so I feel empowered when I am on set and even though you don’t see it on screen, maybe I am taking people out that you don’t see off camera.”


For the role of Brock Rumlow/Crossbones before Frank Grillo was cast these actors were screen-tested for the role:

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Kevin Durand
  • Josh Holloway


Frank Grillo commented on character Brock Rumlow, “He is a bad-ass guy. He pretty much beats the shit out of everyone in the movie and that’s really it.”


Before Emily VanCamp was chosen for the role of Sharon Carter these are the actresses that were considered:

  • Anna Kendrick
  • Felicity Jones
  • Imogen Poots
  • Teresa Palmer
  • Alison Brie
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Jessica Brown Findlay


Regarding casting VanCamp as Sharon Carter, co-director Joe Russo stated, “We wanted someone that Cap would have an immediate interest in. It had to be a strong-willed person, and we felt that Emily’s work on Revenge was a great test tube for what this character could be. She’s obviously very credible with physicality, she holds the screen really well, and she even looks like the character from the books.”



VanCamp comments on her character, “I play Agent 13/Sharon Carter which everyone knows but we don’t really touch on that in this film. We’re just sort of introducing her. When we first see her we realize she’s living next to Captain America, they sort of have a little thing going on and as we all know in the comic books they had a love affair off and on for years. They had a very complicated relationship. It’s almost as if they are planting the seeds now. Sort of leaving room to go wherever they want to go with it.”


This film marks the fifth appearance for actor Maximiliano Hernándezas Jasper Sitwell after Thor (2011), Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant (2011), The Avengers (2012), Item 47 (2012) and multiple episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).


Reigning UFC Welterweight Champion (2008-2013) Georges St-Pierre plays the French mercenary Georges Batroc, a character based on the comic book villain ‘Batroc the Leaper’ in the film.


Although Georges St-Pierre’s character Batroc is French/Algerian, St-Pierre speaks his lines in his native French-Canadian accent.


Stan Lee has his usual cameo appearance this time appearing as a Security Guard at the Smithsonian Museum who notices the original Captain America costume is missing and says, “Oh, man. I am so fired!”


Joss Whedon has a cameo appearance as the man wearing a captain America T-shirt and going down the escalator with a little boy at the Smithsonian Museum.


There’s a cameo appearance by Ed Brubaker, the creator of the “Winter Soldier”, as one of the scientists (seen with a goatee and spectacles) who is brainwashing Bucky into becoming The Winter Soldier.


Danny Pudi, who appears in the TV series Community (2009) as Abed Nadir, has a cameo appearance as the Com Tech operator who lets Steve, Sam and Maria Hill into the communications room.


There’s also a cameo appearance by another Community actor, D.C. Pierson, as the Apple Store employee who tries to help Steve and Natasha.


Co-director Joe Russo also had cameo as the doctor coming to help Natasha in Fury’s underground cave.



Screenplay & Production                        Casting


By March 2012, Marvel whittled down a field of ten potential directors to three candidates; George Nolfi [The Adjustment Bureau (2011)], F. Gary Gray [The Italian Job (2003)], and brothers Anthony and Joseph Russo [Community (2009)] to helm the sequel.


In April 2012, F. Gary Gray withdrew his name from consideration, choosing instead to direct the N.W.A. biographical film Straight Outta Compton (2015).


By June 2012, the Russo brothers entered negotiations to direct the sequel. Producer Kevin Feige selected Joe and Anthony Russo to direct this film on the basis of their two back-to-back episodes of TV series Community (2009) “A Fistful of Paintballs” and “For a Few Paintballs More” and for the additional ideas they brought to the initial story pitch.



After signing on to direct, the Russo brothers met with comic book writer Ed Brubaker to learn more about where the Winter Soldier character came from, his thinking and the themes behind the character.


Producer Kevin Feige commented on the reasons why he chose the Russo’s to direct this sequel, “We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film, we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War II movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”


The Russos cited the 70’s spy movies Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975) and All the President’s Men (1976), The French Connection (1971) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) as inspiration for making this film.


Feige described the film as a political thriller and later elaborated, “In our attempt to make all of our films feel unique and feel different we found ourselves going back to things like Three Days of the Condor. Also the other political thrillers of the ’70s: The Parallax View, All the President’s Men. This was a time that Cap existed in in the comics. He found himself in the swinging ’60s followed by the Watergate Era followed by the Reagan Era followed by where we are today. In the comics it was a hell of a journey for Steve. And we couldn’t take him through those years because in our cinematic universe he was asleep. But we wanted to force him to confront that kind of moral conundrum, something with that ’70s flavor. And in our film that takes the form of SHIELD.”


On what they found difficult about making this sequel as a political thriller, co-director Anthony Russo stated, “It’s hard to make a political film that’s not topical. That’s what makes a political thriller different from just a thriller. And that’s what adds to the characters’ paranoia and the audience’s experience of that paranoia. But we’re also very pop-culture-obsessed and we love topicality, so we kept pushing to have scenes that, fortunately or unfortunately, played out during the time that Edward Snowden outed the NSA. That stuff was already in the zeitgeist. We were all reading the articles that were coming out questioning drone strikes, pre-emptive strikes, civil liberties, Barack Obama talking about who they would kill. We wanted to put all of that into the film because it would be a contrast to Captain America’s greatest-generation way of thinking.”


Co-director Joe Russo added that the use of Project Insight in the film was a critique of the use of targeted killing. He stated, “The question is where do you stop? If there are hundred people we can kill to make us safer, do we do it? What if we find out there’s a thousand? What if we find out there’s ten thousand? What if it’s a million? At what point do you stop?”


Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wanted to adapt Ed Brubaker’s “The Winter Soldier” (Captain America’s new threat) and “The Ultimates” (SHIELD is taken over by HYDRA) storyline from the comics, but it took them six months to convince themselves that they could do it. The two settled on the conspiracy genre for the screenplay and cited Three Days of the Condor (1975), The Parallax View (1974), and Marathon Man (1976) as influences.


Comic book writer Ed Brubaker was both pleased and surprised at the adaptation of the Winter Soldier storyline, he stated: “I got to go out to Marvel Studios and read one of the later drafts of the script. I went out to dinner with directors Joe and Anthony Russo and talked about the project and gave them feedback on what I liked or didn’t like or what parts didn’t work. I mean, the script I read was fantastic. The tone of it and the Bucky stuff is so perfect and the way I’d want it to be, I was so thrilled to see that.”


Marvel decided to pair Steve Rogers with other characters from The Avengers (2012) like Natasha Romanoff and Nick Fury because unlike Tony Stark and Thor, who could return to their own supporting casts, Rogers had nowhere else to go.


When the screen writers were asked why Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Thor or any of the other Avengers weren’t called to help Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff in the film they explained that as the movie only takes place in about three days the characters wouldn’t feel the need to call on the others at that time.


Apparently there was a big possibility of Clint Barton/Hawkeye being in the film. However, the writers felt that as there were too many characters introduced they didn’t want Hawkeye to be there without any depth. Instead they decided they wrote and shot a small scene in which Hawkeye’s whereabouts are mentioned, but in the end it was decided not to include this in the film.


At the end of September 2012, The Greater Cleveland Film Commission announced that this movie would film in Cleveland, Ohio after the production was approved for a $9.5 million tax credit. Portions of the film were also scheduled to be shot in California and Washington, D.C.


By the end of January 2013, stages were being built for a shoot at Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles.


On April 1, 2013 principal photography began at the Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, under the working title Freezer Burn. Scenes taking place on the “Lemurian Star” were filmed on the Sea Launch Commander, docked in Long Beach, California.




Total Trivia Entries: 106



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