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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Scarlett Johansson sheds more light on the plot

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(Read caption) 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' will star Chris Evans (l., pictured with Robert Downey Jr.).

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Keeping track of the continuity between all the various films in the Marvel cinematic universe can be tricky. 2012′s monster hit The Avengers brought together four existing franchises, and in the next few years the world of superheroes will only expand further as Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man join the fray (along with future unannounced titles to fill Marvel’s two-movies-per-year quota).

Despite their co-existence, the Marvel movies have so far managed to at least have independent storylines for each member of the superhero team, and the upcoming release of Thor: The Dark World will feature a return to Asgard and a new threat in the form of Malekith the Accursed (Christopher Eccleston), who apparently harbors some kind of plan to plunge the Nine Realms into darkness. Thor: The Dark World will be followed next year by Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which will show Steve Rogers’ continued relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Natasha Romanoff, and which will also introduce Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon. 

At the start of The Avengers, Steve was hidden away in a gym with a punching bag as a means of coping with his new life in the “future.” He was still struggling to fit into a world of iPhones and The Real Housewives of New Jersey when he was approached by Nick Fury and offered a membership card for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. By the time Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins, however, Steve will apparently have had quite a bit of time to settle into the 21st century. In an interview with Refinery 29, Scarlett Johansson explained that Marvel fans aren’t alone in waiting two years for the next chapter in Captain America’s story:

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