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Dominic Cooper to Also Play Howard Stark in Captain America

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May 24, 2010
Source: Salon

Dominic Cooper / Howard Stark

Though we've already seen the role of Howard Stark (father to Iron Man himself, Tony Stark) portrayed by Gerard Sanders (in Iron Man) and most recently by John Slattery (in Iron Man 2), Salon (via Cinematical) reports that Dominic Cooper (An Education, The Duchess) will portray an even younger version of the founder of Stark Industries in Captain America: The First Avenger. This is confirmation of what we had heard previously about just how big of a role Papa Stark will play in Marvel's ever-expanding on-screen universe. Though we're unsure how big the part is, there's no doubt it'll certainly be a very integral role.

Of course, aside from Nick Fury saying that he worked with Howard Stark decades ago (presumably whilst both were involved with Captain America in some form or another) there are also the Easter Eggs in Iron Man 2 (Cap's shield and even a meta reference with the inclusion of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it background appearance of a Captain America comic) that allude to the fact that Howard Stark is certainly important to Captain America's story. Cooper joins an interesting assembly of talent including Chris Evans as the titlular Avenger, Hugo Weaving as the diabolical Red Skull, Toby Jones as evil scientist Arnim Zola, Hayley Atwell as Cap's love interest Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as Cap's sidekick Bucky Barnes and many more to come!

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  • Xerxex
    okay before the flood gate's burst and the haters start bashing Captain America I gonna start with a positive note! Good casting imo and I'm anxious for a trailer!
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    Alright, I'm gonna go watch The Wolfman right now and see what Johnston can do. ...I hope it leaves me feeling optimistic because Cap was my hero as a kid.
  • ryderup
    Every thing that is put in these movies that connects them makes me giggle! I don't think Johnston will deliever, but I'm gonne play nice till I can confirm that in the cinema :)
  • http://movies.iconocritic.com peloquin
    Just finished watching The Wolfman and I was honestly blown away by the performances and cinematography. Even though Johnston paid homage to the original wolf man makeup I was still quite frightened during the suspenseful scenes in the woods and didn't feel it was too campy at all. My only gripe would be the over use of special effects which seemed out of place and by showing all the violence they actually took away from what made the original so terrifying. I know the studio shoved those down Johnston's throat though (especially the final fight scene which felt like something out of twilight) and with the development hell the project went through I was pleasantly surprised. I definitely don't blame Johnston for the issues stated above and I have full faith in him for Captain America after seeing this hidden gem. This is also the last time I trust rottentomatoes to choose my film for me as I went to see Shut-eye Island that weekend and this would have been a much better choice.
  • Victor
    Way too many characters in this movie, why not just Cap and the Red Skull???
  • Hedgehog
    @ 5. Two characters a movie does not make. You forget that Marvel is creating a universe, not just a movie. Every movie in this universe needs to have ties to every (or atleast a few) other movie. Without that we are back to Hulk and The Punisher. Without structure these hero movies aren't sustaining enough to make a dent. I personally hope they take the same approach with the Spider-Man reboot and put a few extras in there for other movies. Those easter eggs are what we true comic fans crave. Without those tid bits, I doubt they would get the word of mouth of millions of geeks to do their dirty work.
  • Victor
    @ Hedgehog Yeah I understand what Marvel is doing, and it's awesome. I just wouldn't want to see Cap turned into Spiderman 3

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