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“Captain America” writers talk “Avengers” trailer and taking cues from Joss Whedon for “Cap” sequel

“Captain America” writers talk “Avengers” trailer and taking cues from Joss Whedon for “Cap” sequel (photo)

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With the recent debut of the “Avengers” trailer, the timing couldn’t be better for “Captain America: The First Avenger” to arrive on shelves next week. Marvel’s upcoming team-up film directed by Joss Whedon will feature soldier-turned-superhero Steve Rogers in a prominent role – possibly as the team’s leader – alongside fellow heroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and the rest of Marvel’s movie-verse stars.

IFC spoke with “Captain America” writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely about the October 25 release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray, and got an update on their script for the sequel, as well as their thoughts on seeing Steve Rogers back on the screen in the first “Avengers” footage.

“It’s exciting, because at least from the scene where he says something about Tony Stark underneath his armor, you can tell he’s still 1940s Steve Rogers,” said Markus of Cap’s return in the “Avengers” trailer. “He hasn’t become gum-chewing, wise-cracking, internet guy – so I’m glad we started him off in a sufficiently character-driven way that now we can pop him into the present and it will serve him as a character. He doesn’t just vanish into the woodwork.”

Still, with “Avengers” slated to be the next appearance of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers and Marvel targeting a 2014 release for the “Captain America” sequel, the writers said the dynamic between themselves and Whedon (who co-wrote the “Avengers” script) has been turned on its head.

Where Whedon and the “Avengers” creative team once consulted the duo’s “Captain America” script in order to shape the character’s role in the big team-up event, now Markus and McFeely find themselves drawing from the events of “Avengers” for their next adventure featuring the iconic supersoldier.

“Yeah, it’s going the other way around now,” explained McFeely. “We needed to read Joss’ ‘Avengers’ before we could go on and do ‘Captain America 2.’ We needed to see if he did anything different, character-wise – and he hadn’t, he’s an excellent writer – but we also needed to see what he had done in terms of Steve poking around the modern day and dealing with it.”

According to McFeely, the pair recently turned in a completed outline of the “Captain America” sequel to Marvel, and is now waiting to hear back from the studio. And as one might expect, getting them to reveal any juicy details about the plot of the film is a tough sell.

“Marvel has made it very clear that we can’t say anything or they will murder us,” laughed McFeely.

“But maybe they’re bluffing,” joked Markus, only to have McFeely reiterate that any details related to the sequel – even the time period when it’s set – are as secret as the formula for the super-soldier serum that gave Captain America his powers.

Still, when asked whether the look at Steve Rogers in “Avengers” and the final, modern-day scene of “Captain America” had them itching to do more with the character in a present-day setting, the pair offered up some interesting thoughts about the pros and cons and bad of doing another period piece with Cap.

“So much of Captain America’s adventures occur in the present day, so there are a lot of things I’d like to touch on,” said Markus. “That said, we did leave the center section of ‘Captain America’ baggy enough to let him have adventures you didn’t see [in the first film]. So, we kind of have enough room to play with [for the sequel].”

“Still, if he had another adventure entirely set in World War II, the stakes are kind of lessened,” added McFeely, “because you know he survives and you know what happens to Bucky and you know the Howling Commandos survive long enough to have a toast in a bar.”

“You know Cap wins and you know that whoever he was fighting didn’t destroy the world, because you’ve already seen things that happen after it,” agreed Markus. “So the stakes are, well… But then again, did that bother anyone with the second ‘Indiana Jones’ movie?”

As for the rumors that we’ll see more of the Howling Commandos in either the “Captain America” sequel or their own movie, the pair were similarly noncommittal – and even a little cryptic – about our chances of seeing Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Montgomery Falsworth, and the rest of the movie-version of the WWII squad again.

“They’re certainly cool, and in a different movie, we would’ve certainly had a little more ‘Kelly Heroes’ or ‘Magnificent Seven’ thing going on,” said McFeely of why the squad didn’t receive more screen time in “Captain America.”

“It would’ve been like ‘Inglourious Commandos,'” joked Markus.

“Personally, I’m a big fan of that type of movie – the ne’er-do-wells banding together to fight a common cause,” continued McFeely, adding, “so I’m open to it, but… well… I’ll just say I’m open to it.”

“Captain America: The First Avenger” arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray Tuesday, October 25. Come back to IFC.com next week for more from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on the comic book characters that didn’t make the final cut of the film, and the story behind one of the coolest comics call-outs in the film.

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Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.