Though most fans are psyched to hear Marvel will be adapting the Winter Solider storyline for Captain America 2, fans of NBC's cult hit sitcom Community were also excited for another reason—as longtime Community director Anthony Russo has signed on to co-direct Cap's next adventure.
So what can Steve Rogers learn from Jeff Winger & Co.?
Apparently, quite a bit, as Russo points out to IGN that the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe has a lot in common with the episodic nature of a television show—especially one as genre-busting as Community:
"It sort of came out of the blue, but [Marvel] were big fans of Community. You can sort of draw a line between some things we did on Community and a Marvel movie. I think if you look at some of the big genre episodes -- you know, the paintball episodes, etc.—there's a cinematic sensibility being explored there that is in the language of those films.
Marvel is a big company, and they've made a lot of movies. These narratives are connected to each other. That's not typical for a feature film, but television people are used to that. There are seasons and seasons of a show, and the history is very important it, obviously... My brother and I were comic book geeks from a young age, and big fantasy geeks. We got to talk to [Marvel] in detail about that. They knew that we understood the brand and their characters really well. We were just incredibly passionate about the movie, and they felt that it was the right match."
Russo will be directing the new Captain America with his brother Joe Russo, with an April 4, 2014 release date on the horizon.
What do you think of Russo's take on the concept? Would you like to see some Community touches in Cap's next adventure?