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Dominic Cooper talks Howard Stark in Captain America, plus a new look at Bucky

02.02.2011

We're just a few days away from getting a peek at Marvel's star-spangled hero CAPTAIN AMERICA during his Super Bowl spot, but for now here's a bit more talk about the First Avenger.

Brit actor Dominic Cooper (MAMMA MIA, THE DUCHESS) is playing WWII-era Howard Stark, the man who will later become John Slattery and posthumously teach son Tony the key to the future. Cooper tells Vulture about Stark's place in the Marvel movie mythology: "We learn the whole idea of where Stark Industries comes from, which is out of pure curiosity and creative juices and excitement towards thinking of the future and developing things for good. He’s a Howard Hughes. He’s a guy that loves inventing, that’s extremely intelligent, and that loves his lifestyle as well."

While Cooper's Stark doesn't see any action, he's involved in making Cap a better soldier: " You're never quite sure where he’s been or where he’s just come from. And it’s always like he’s just come from somewhere in a tuxedo, from showing people his inventions and his new flying machines. He’s great fun. He’s important because he’s part of the machinery that helps Captain America manipulate his body."

Meanwhile, the LA Times caught up with director Joe Johnston, who had this to say about actor Sebastian Stan as Cap's battlefield "sidekick" Bucky (seen in the new snap below): "You know, he was originally up for the lead, for the Steve Rogers role, but he didn’t have quite the same earnest, I-want-to-fight-for-my-country aura that Chris has for this role. Sebastian has a little bit of the bad boy, he’s a little bit of the James Dean type and that goes somewhat counter to the general perception of Steve Rogers. He wasn’t quite right for Captain America,  but I think he’s perfect for Bucky because, really, he can have a little bit of that dark side."

Johnston also says this won't be the traditional Robin-to-Batman type of deal: "We took some liberties with the relationship between the two guys. In our story, Bucky is already in the service, he’s already joined up and is being sent overseas while Steve is still struggling to get in the army. That’s different than what you may have read in the comics. It adds a nuance to the relationship that pays off later. They’re closer in age, too — they’re virtually the same age. That’s not the case at all if you go back to the old comics."

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Extra Tidbit: Think we'll see Bucky (or his later comic incarnation Winter Soldier) in a future Marvel movie?
Source: VultureLA Times

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11:47AM on 02/04/2011
Im looking forward to this movie, the guy playing Bucky looks like a little tough bastard, having a more mature character could lead to a Winter Soldier story line in the future if the the avenger movie does well
Im looking forward to this movie, the guy playing Bucky looks like a little tough bastard, having a more mature character could lead to a Winter Soldier story line in the future if the the avenger movie does well
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5:39PM on 02/03/2011
Im getting more psyched about this movie the more I read about it and see the pictures. That trailer is gonna be such a teaser!
Im getting more psyched about this movie the more I read about it and see the pictures. That trailer is gonna be such a teaser!
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2:02PM on 02/03/2011

F**KING YES!!

Stan looks just like the Bucky in the comics. I'm psyched! This keeps looking better and better
Stan looks just like the Bucky in the comics. I'm psyched! This keeps looking better and better
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1:58AM on 02/03/2011

BUCKY...

...creating the dichotomy this way is smart character building...well played.
...creating the dichotomy this way is smart character building...well played.
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11:48PM on 02/02/2011
Oh, and as for Howard Stark, I'm sure it won't be much more than one or two small scenes. He'll most likely be in on making the shield. And that's really all we need.

And I have HIGH hope we see a cameo from Nathaniel Richards (if Marvel even have the rights to this character, wich they most likely don't)
Oh, and as for Howard Stark, I'm sure it won't be much more than one or two small scenes. He'll most likely be in on making the shield. And that's really all we need.

And I have HIGH hope we see a cameo from Nathaniel Richards (if Marvel even have the rights to this character, wich they most likely don't)
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11:42PM on 02/02/2011
I'm a HUGE fan of the Cap comics and all of it's history that goes back to the WWII days and I'm down with the changes made for Bucky and wish my nerd friends would stop crying that he won't be the Robin-type kid sidekick. That would've been way too annoying and taken a lot away from a believable story, I think.

My only hope is that Bucky (and Cap) meets his fate the same way he did in the comics.
I'm a HUGE fan of the Cap comics and all of it's history that goes back to the WWII days and I'm down with the changes made for Bucky and wish my nerd friends would stop crying that he won't be the Robin-type kid sidekick. That would've been way too annoying and taken a lot away from a believable story, I think.

My only hope is that Bucky (and Cap) meets his fate the same way he did in the comics.
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11:36PM on 02/02/2011

now i...

can believe that guy could replace steve rogers as captain america. thank you marvel for this is awesome.
can believe that guy could replace steve rogers as captain america. thank you marvel for this is awesome.
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11:18PM on 02/02/2011
I think this will end up being a near masterpiece when it premieres. I can't wait.
I think this will end up being a near masterpiece when it premieres. I can't wait.
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11:13PM on 02/02/2011
I like the idea of making Bucky older, like how they used an older Robin in Batman Forever. Even if it varies from the comic it does make the relationship seem more real. I don't really know how necessary a Stark Sr. role is, I'm not familiar with the comic. Is there going to be a General Ross cameo as well, that would make more sense since he knew about the super-soilder serum in The Incredible Hulk.
I like the idea of making Bucky older, like how they used an older Robin in Batman Forever. Even if it varies from the comic it does make the relationship seem more real. I don't really know how necessary a Stark Sr. role is, I'm not familiar with the comic. Is there going to be a General Ross cameo as well, that would make more sense since he knew about the super-soilder serum in The Incredible Hulk.
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10:50PM on 02/02/2011
Everything I have seen and heard from this movie has been great. I think us comic book fans are in for a real treat when this movie finally hits the big screen. I'm just most excited to see Captain America in action with the shield and the iconic Captain America suit.

Also, I thought John Slattery did a great job as Howard Stark in Iron Man 2.
Everything I have seen and heard from this movie has been great. I think us comic book fans are in for a real treat when this movie finally hits the big screen. I'm just most excited to see Captain America in action with the shield and the iconic Captain America suit.

Also, I thought John Slattery did a great job as Howard Stark in Iron Man 2.
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