'Thor: The Dark World's' critical and financial success, while obviously embraced by Marvel, inadvertently heaped more pressure on their next cinematic effort, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier.'
But the film's star, Chris Evans, isn't perturbed by these expectations, and with just under five months until Steve Rogers' return he has looked to big up the sequel by telling Empire Magazine, "I don't think Marvel's ever done anything like this."
Evans also took this opportunity to reveal further tidbits on 'Captain America 2's' tone too, stating that he believes Rogers is the perfect Avenger to assimilate to the sequel's unique choice of genre.
"The [Russo] brothers said right from the start that we were really doing a '70s thriller," declared the action star. "And I think just Cap's abilities mesh well with that kind of genre. I mean, his powers are very meat and potatoes. Faster. Stronger. Punch. Kick. That works with those types of movies. It would be more difficult to put, say, Hulk in that kind of context."
Evans also remarked that he was excited to explore the character's adjustment to the modern era in the follow-up, which is something that both the 2011 original and 'The Avengers' were unable to do.
"We really haven't explored his adjustment period," he noted. "In 'The Avengers' we had so many characters you have to address, you don't really have time to sit with any single one. In this movie there's a lot going on for Steve. He's trying to acclimatise to the modern world.
He continued, "I don't want to give too much away, but it's about trying to find how he fits. He's a man from the 1940s. He's just woken up. For everybody else, it's been a slow burn to get to where we are in 2014. But for him, suddenly there's the Internet, cellphones and The Patriot Act. The technology's new to him and so is the access the government has to that technology."
Evans is clearly enthused about 'Captain America's' impending return, but will it be able to match his fellow superhero troupe's impressive financial efforts?
Except for the ostracised 'Incredible Hulk,' 'Captain America: The First Avenger's' $370 million was Marvel's worst box office total since their cinematic universe was launched in 2008, while 'The Avengers', 'Iron Man 3 'and 'Thor 2' have each upped the ante since the original's release too.
Plus, there's no denying the fact that 'Captain America' just isn't quite as interesting as his Marvel counterparts, and a second solo cinematic outing for the beloved comic book hero could prove to be too much for the character.
Are you excited about 'Captain America: The Winter Solider'? Do you think it will match Marvel's previous successes?
Gregory Wakeman is a film nerd who genuinely believes that Captain America: The Winter Solider will be a flop.