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Winter Soldier Press Conference

by Stephen Huynh

The cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier held a press conference today at the Beverly Hilton in which bloggers (not us unfortunately) were invited to come and interview cast members Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson , Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie and Marvel’s studio President, Kevin Feige. In this post, I’ve compiled some of the questions and put them together all in one nice little place for you! Plus, with live tweets from the bloggers as each cast member did their time with the press!

Now I’ve been to a couple of press conferences before and this one was no exception to my experience that a lot of the reporters that are invited to these things ask some of the most wild, useless and inappropriate questions. Take for example these two questions from a pair of foreign journalists as reported by TooFab. [Also, just to add, there has been no official announcement from Scarlet Johansson to the validity of the pregnancy and I personally could careless. It’s her life, I just want to know about Black Widow, the fictional character.]

“Back in September, you were on TV saying that your grandma called you because she read that you were pregnant and it wasn’t true,”
(Apparently mid-way through this, handlers interjected and told him to keep his focus to the film, which by the way is completely ridiculous that this is something you have to tell reporters. I mean you’re there for the press conference of Captain America: The Winter Soldier…The signage and posters all around you physically market it to its highest potential.)
But I want to ask about the movie,” (please do, it’s why you’re there.) “do you picture both of you guys [Captain America and Black Widow] as a family, raising a little Captain America?
What. Seriously? This question hurts my brain. It has nothing to do with the film. 

Scarlett Johansson:What a strange question. I like your ability to think on your feet. No!” -queue laughter from the audience-
Chris Evans added:I don’t think that’s the dynamic of Cap and Black Widow.”

Johansson was later asked another question attempting to ask about the actresses pregnancy:
“Many actresses say that the industry changed when they became moms, perhaps not so much action roles, not so femme fatale, do you think it’s something that can happen with you?”

Scarlett Johansson: “I’ve been in the industry for 20 years, so the way the roles that have become available to me change as I grow older [laughs]. I’m sure that will continue as I grow older and transition through life. You hope to have a career that has longevity and reflects the experiences that you had I guess,” she added. “It’s what we all hope for, men and women alike.”
Well said, Black Widow.

Scarlett Johansson Tweets:

The Huffington Post also asked Scarlett Johansson on whether or not pregnancy would delay Avengers: Age Of Ultron:
“Everything for “Avengers 2″ — we’re full steam ahead. We start shooting in three weeks and I’m stunt training and we’re good to go. You know, I think it’s something that is [laughing] hard to talk about, exactly. You know, trying to skirt around your question exactly [laughs] — and, you know, doing a poor job of it. But, you know, like I said, everything is exactly on schedule […] [Laughs] Everything is going just fine. The Black Widow always wins and will continue to.”
Coming Soon reported on Marvel Studio’s President, Kevin Feige on a Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow solo film:
“I think the idea would be great,” he says. “We’ve got various outlines and ideas of where to take that. As Scarlett already said, there’s a big element that explores her back story in an upcoming Marvel feature. The question really is, ‘When will we take her out of the ensemble and have her do her own thing?’ As you saw in [‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’], as you’ll see in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ she’s really the key to so much of the plot development.”

Chris Evan Tweets:

Sebastian Stan Tweets:

One of the most surprising questions of the day, was that from Slash Films for Kevin Feige, who was asked a question pertaining to the announcement that DC’s Batman vs. Superman film was bumped to May 6th, 2016, the exact same day as an untitled Marvel Phase Three film.
“We’re certainly keeping the date there and we’ll announce what that movie is, I assume, in the next few months.”
Slash Films: “Comic-Con is in the next few months, so is that a target?”
Feige: “That would be great. I’d love nothing more than to be able to announce them all there. But if it’s ready beforehand, we’ll probably do it beforehand. If it’s not ready then, we’ll do it after.”

Obviously Marvel’s in no rush and why should they be? They’ve got a full plate on their hands.

Anthony Mackie Tweets:


Doctor Strange

Badass Digest was able to catch up with Kevin Feige on bringing the planes of magic and the mystical to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You can read more about it here.

Badass Digest was also able to ask Feige about any plans Marvel Studios has for future diversity and living up to the standards set in the Silver Age
Kevin Feige: “I think the responsibility is very big for anyone in a position of the ability to make product for the masses. We’re lucky in that we’re just making movies based on those [Silver Age] comics. Someone today said to me, “ Winter Soldier has such great female characters and two great African-American characters,” and I said, “It’s in the books! They did it first.” You know all the history, better than most of the people I talked to today. You can even go back to Howling Commandos, with Gabe Jones. As far as I’m concerned it’s following the lead that Stan set and that Jack set from the late 30s through the Silver Age.”


Captain Marvel

They also even asked him about Captain Marvel!
Kevin Feige:
“We’ve talked a lot about [Captain Marvel]. I think that would be very cool.”

That’s about it for now folks. Once more questions and answers have been released from the people who were there, I’ll gather them here and interject some more of my lovely commentary. Until then, check out the trailer again down below.

Also, if you could ask the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, what would you ask them? Let me know in the comments down below.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier comes to theaters on April 4th, 2014.

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