The next film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, is arriving soon and more details are continuing to trickle in as we get ready for the big day. One major piece of news that has been hinted at is the appearance of a possible love interest for Captain America who could show up in the franchise’s highly anticipated third film.
A romantic relationship for Captain America hasn’t been hinted at since the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, which established his relationship with Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell). Sadly, their love wasn’t meant to be as the Cap’s long stint on ice put a damper on things as the two are now separated by more than 70 years worth of aging. Thankfully, it seems that his luck in love might change in the upcoming film, at least that’s what the film’s directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, have implied.
Joe Russo said that he is well aware of Captain America’s nonexistent love life and hinted that there’s the possibility of something happening in the upcoming film. “That falls under the surprise in the story as well, but we can only keep Cap romantically uninvolved for so long,” Russo said. “At some point, something has to happen with that character, so we are very aware of his lack of romantic life. We want to keep dimensionalizing his character so maybe something interesting will happen.”
While it might be too late for the now-elderly Peggy Carter to rekindle her relationship with Captain America, it has been suggested that the romance might stay in the family. The odds-on favorite for a potential romance is definitely Sharon Carter, also known as Agent 13 (played by Emily VanCamp), who made her debut in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movies have yet to establish the clear relationship between Sharon and Peggy Carter, but in the comics the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent began as Peggy Carter’s younger sister. However, it was later changed so that Sharon is in fact her younger niece (which allows the timeline to make a little more sense).
The Cap wouldn’t be the first Avenger to have a budding romance in the works. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans were treated to a bit of a budding romance between The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). We hope to see more of this developed in the forthcoming films.
Marvel has been pushing the profiles of its heroes through its video game offerings, and it began with an update to its popular beat ’em up title, Marvel Heroes 2016. The free-to-play massively multiplayer action role-playing game has been enormously successful, and you’ve probably already seen the ads for the title popping up this year. The game features a huge roster of heroes and villains from the comics and movies including the previously mentioned Sharon Carter. Using video games as a way to acquaint consumers with characters in advance of the films is a smart move. Marvel has also been courting the casual audience through licensed social games featuring these superheroes in hopes of bringing even more fans into the fold. Making use of a wide range of titles and play-styles is a smart move for the company as it attempts to bring even more fans into the world of its Cinematic Universe.
Captain America: Civil War is set for wide release on May 6, 2016. It centers on an internal conflict between Captain America and Tony Stark concerning a proposed regulation on superhero activity and identities, which threatens to tear the MCU in two. Keep your eyes peeled for what’s sure to be plenty more information about the summer blockbuster in the coming months.