Captain America Exclusive with Joe Johnston: Another Question, Another Answer
Despite the insanity of his current schedule in preparing Captain America, Earths Mightiest managed to squeeze a one question, one answer session out of him, this one pertaining to the fact that The First Avenger has to connect to other Marvel films.
EARTH’S MIGHTIEST: As opposed to a standalone film, The First Avenger: Captain America is one that is essentially a piece of a larger jigsaw puzzle. What are the challenges of creating something that has to fit into a much larger whole? Also, have you had much in the way of conversations with other Marvel filmmakers?
JOE JOHNSTON: Each film has to stand on its own, which are why they're successful. I think you want just enough connective tissue to hold the universe together, while not affecting the unique nature of each film. There are entertaining ways to link a film to others in the Marvel Universe, ways that don't detract from the story you're telling. I think fans recognize the moments and get the joke while it might go over a layman's head, which is okay as long as it isn't distracting or confusing. We're telling the origin story of CAP, which makes the connections a little more difficult — but there are plenty for the viewer who speaks good MARVEL. I really haven't had any interaction with other Marvel filmmakers except for a chat with Kenneth Brannagh on one of the amazing Thor sets.