The connections between the Marvel films range from minute to grandiose and it appears things might shift to the larger end of that scale by the end of Phase 2. Speaking with The Huffington Post, Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo spoke about his upcoming film and specifically its relation to the other films in Phase 2.
"There's a very strong connection in the narrative between the events of the end of "Avengers" that drive this film -- and there's a very strong hand off to "Avengers 2" at the end of this movie. And Kevin Feige's whole thing is that this is the biggest bridge of all of Phase 2 movies; it really is. It does involve the most amount of Avengers of any of the films in Phase 2, and it has sort of a, you know, there's a very big shift in the universe at the end of this movie."
What could this "shift" be? The creation of Ultron for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Sound off with your theories below!
Set to star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford and Georges St-Pierre, the story picks 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.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters on April 4, 2014.