Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in U.S. theaters in just over 2 months and hype around the film is really starting to build. Rumors have swirled for some time now that this film, billed as an 70's style espionage-thriller, was going to break down everything that has been built up in MCU and turn Cap's world upside-down. The newest rumor, from Billy Donnelly at This Is Infamous, certainly falls right in line with that.
This Is Infamous is the same site which ran the news that Jon Hamm was the favorite for the role of Stephen Strange in the upcoming, but still unannounced, Doctor Strange film. While his exclusives are flying under the radar for the time being, I'm inclined to think that he might be on to something with his source. I say that because for the first time since I started up this dinky site, I can say that the information in his latest exclusive jives 100% with the stuff that I've heard. I don't have sources and I can't run exclusives and even if I did nobody would read or believe them, however, I've exchanged private messages with people from time to time and in one of those exchanges I came across the same info Billy relayed in his post yesterday.
Now before I go on I will say that most of what Billy reported can easily be called speculation and it's nothing that most people who are avid fans of Marvel and the MCU haven't figured was coming anway; however, the specifics of it are somewhat interesting and, in a couple of cases, neat surprises that will shock general audiences. POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD so, if you don't want to be spoiled, then don't continue on down...
In classic comic book fashion, HYDRA has been alive and well despite the disappearance of its leadership in WWII. As I speculated when it was announced that Baron von Strucker would appear in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the organization has been underground, waiting its turn to strike and building its strength. If you're looking for a spy-thriller, you'll get it. There was a classic Marvel arc in which it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D., since its inception, had actually been run by HYDRA only to further reveal that HYDRA had been run by S.H.I.E.L.D. I don't know if they'll go that route, but you can imagine the shock on people's faces when the implications hit that the Avengers were, in a sense, working for HYDRA.
Billy goes on to say that all the baddies in Cap 2 are one way or another attached to HYDRA. The Winter Solider is a HYDRA weapon and Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce, long thought to be a double-agent, is just that. The more surprising bit of info, which lines up with what was shared with me, is that there are two more HYDRA sleeper agents in the film: S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sitwell and U.S. Senator Sterns.
The film will expose both of these men as HYDRA agents and we will see Cap and Black Widow rooting out the evil in the organization. The information helps make sense of some set pics, which I've included below, that show Sterns and Sitwell sharing an embrace and Cap and Widow beating the ass-pants off of Sitwell.
I'll give you 3 guesses what Sitwell and Sterns say to each other during the embrace...
Chalk this one up in the rumor category, but I'm certain that this is how things will go down. The inclusion of Strucker cemented it in my mind. As I said, none of this is mind-blowing to fans of the comics who probably expected to see this at some point, but general audiences are going to be stunned. This sets up some very interesting scenarios for Avengers: Age of Ultron when you think about the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. will be in shambles and nobody will know who to trust...
It's believed that some of this will come to light as the first season of Marvel's live action TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., comes to a close and, coincidentally, Maximiliano Hernandez who plays Sitwell, just finished filming another episode.
Let me know your thoughts on the subject! This is going to be one hell of a movie guys!