More surprising and, if the positive early word on The Winter Soldier is any indication, the good news is that directors Joe and Anthony Russo appear likely to pull off a feat so far only matched by Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers): returning to direct a second Marvel outing.
Of course, with the first sequel still a couple of months away from our screens, no negotiations have begun and no deals have been drafted, at least formally. But Variety's sources say that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co are thrilled with the film so far and have begun early talks about the focus of any third film. There is so far no release date or other details to report, beyond the fact that Evans' multi-film contract should guarantee his presence.
In related Captian America news, Steve Rogers will be part of another story (besides his planned return with the rest of the Avengers in Age Of Ultron). Comics veteran Peter David has written a prelude Infinite Comic to the film, set shortly before it begins.
The comic finds Cap, Black Widow and Agent Brock Rumlow (also known as Crossbones, as played in the film by Frank Grillo) dispatched to hunt down a mysterious McGuffin known as Zodiac, which might spark a memory for anyone who has watched the Agent Carter One Shot short.
"They know what S.H.I.E.L.D. has told them: that they're looking for the Zodiac, but they know little to nothing about it," explains David on Marvel's site. "To the Black Widow and Rumlow, that's fine. They're okay with doing what they're told. Cap, however, is way more suspicious and wants a clearer idea of what's going on, and is annoyed that S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't big on being forthcoming."
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be out on 26 March in the UK, with US audiences waiting until 4 April.