'Captain America 2' Release Date Announced: April 4, 2014

Captain America

Steve Rogers is coming back! Yes, of course he's coming back, you say. "The Avengers" is but a month away. But now we have a second Cap appearance to look forward to, as Marvel Studios has officially announced that a sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger" is landing on April 4, 2014.

In a press release, Marvel offered up this much about the "Captain America" sequel's plot: "The second installment will pick-up where the highly anticipated Marvel’s The Avengers (May 4, 2012) leaves off, as Steve Rogers continues his affiliation with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D and struggles to embrace his role in the modern world."

So, a couple of things to gather from that: one, Steve Rogers' next adventure is firmly modern day stuff. Maybe we'll get some flashbacks to his days on the front lines of World War II, modeled after the flashback format seen in comic book writer Ed Brubaker's "Captain America" run. That's not guaranteed, though, so keep your hopes in check.

The other big takeaway, for me at least, is the mention of "Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D." in the press release. Either Marvel's playing coy with us -- and if so, good on you, House of Ideas! -- or we can safely assume that Nick Fury is making it out of "The Avengers" alive. Not a huge spoiler, but when looking at the roster of characters to figure out which one of them is going to bite the bullet (because, come on, it's a Joss Whedon movie... someone has to die!), Fury stands out as an easy target. Guess it's wisest to keep our money on Hawkeye, Coulson and Maria Hill?

Regardless of all that, "Captain America 2" joins "Iron Man 3" and "Thor 2" on Marvel's slate of upcoming superhero sequels. Stay tuned for more updates as we get 'em.

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