'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' First Pic And Plot Details Declassified As Production Begins

Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins production in Los Angeles today, and to celebrate, Marvel has released the first behind the scenes photo and some plot details about the upcoming sequel.

In the very unrevealing photo we see Chris Evans‘ Captain America with his iconic shield in tote as he stares at the wall of some S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem-ed facility. Although we learn nothing new from the promo pic, the official logline that accompanies it reveals Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Black Widow and play a major part in the film.

“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.

According to EW, the sequel sees Captain America at odds with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top brass, implying Samuel Jackson’s Nick Fury is also expected to play a big role in the film.

Marvel also gave some insight on this shadowy villain that menaces the nation’s capital. The Winter Soldier nomenclature doesn’t refer to a frozen Steve Rogers, as previous reports suggested — but instead refers to an assassin created by comic book writer Ed Brubaker in 2005. The assassin is a Soviet experiment that combined Rogers’ medically resurrected body and that of his best friend Bucky (reprised by Sebastian Stan), last seen plunging off a snowy bridge during the train attack in the first movie.

So aside from Evans, Johansson,  Stan, and Jackson, the cast will include Robert Redford (as Agent Alexander Pierce a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D.) , Anthony Mackie (as Sam Wilson/Falcon), Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo (as Brock Rumlow), Georges St-Pierre (as Georges Batroc), Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández.

Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood and You, Me and Dupree) will serve as directors working from a script from original Captain America screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier marches into theaters April 4, 2014.

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