'Captain America' Actor Dominic Cooper Doesn't Know His Howard Stark Fate

With "Captain America 2" jumping time periods from World War II to the present day, it seems as though the sequel will be leaving many of "Captain America: The First Avengers'" cast behind. One such actor is Dominic Cooper, who played a young Howard Stark in the fifth Marvel movie. Considering the fact that a portion of "Captain America 2" might look back on the World War II era, there could be room for Cooper in the film, but he said he hasn't heard anything yet.

"I just don’t know," he told Collider. "That one probably, because I’m the father, the next one I imagine will come later. But you never know, anything can happen to any of the characters at any time. They’re like the comics. But I don’t know. They’re incredible projects."

Cooper went on to say that the entire comic book culture kind of takes him aback, though he is in awe of it.

"I didn’t really grow up with the comics," he said. "But I had friends that were, and now I can sort of see the pleasures of them and how creative they are. When you work with people who are so passionate about their product it’s kinda inspiring. They start rambling on to you about, 'Oh, you know, when you’re character in comic book 42, the emperor turns --' and you just sit there nodding your head. But you’re amazed by their excitement, and it’s totally inspiring, although deeply worrying because you know you have a lot of people who have very, very clear views and ideas on how they perceive the characters."

Now that directors Joe and Anthony Russo are in final negotiations to helm the project, it does seem like the right time to start talking about the cast. We'd love to see Cooper return for "Captain America 2" because we're worried that the jump to the present day in the sequel could be jarring for some fans. Having a character like Howard Stark connect Captain America to his past could be an important part of bringing his story together. The folks over at Marvel have plenty of time to work it all out since "Captain America 2" isn't coming out until April 4, 2014.

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