Howard Stark Comes Back for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'
Well, this is an interesting and late development. Along with the somewhat recent news that Robert Redford had a pivotal role as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, another interesting casting move has just been revealed, and it brings back a character from Captain America: The First Avenger. Speaking with Xpose Entertainment (via ComicBookMovie), Dominic Cooper revealed that he has completed shooting some scenes where he returns as Howard Stark, founder of Stark Industries and father of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark. But how is that possible with a sequel in present day? Read on!
Well, we're not entirely sure. And honestly, Cooper is either being very coy about how he comes into play in the sequel, or he really has no idea how the scenes he ended up shooting will fit into the film. Cooper says:
"I never know what to say about this. But I have definitely put the costume on. I have worn the costume and we have shot something, but how it's going to enter into the next phase of what they are planning I don't know. I sound so dodgy, I don't even believe myself! I have shot some scenes. I went off and shot something, but I can't even work out how my character can be in it; wouldn't I be dead? But anything is possible. They are quite secretive about where they are going to go with the characters and how it will slot in, you have no idea. So you turn up, put your costume on and do as you are told."
So unless Cooper is playing dumb, he couldn't even work out whether he was shooting some sort of flashback scene, or maybe some kind of archive from the past that comes into play in present day some. It would be a pretty big revelation if Howard Stark was alive and well in the present day, especially since it seems like Cooper wasn't aged in any sort of way, so that's likely not the case. Could these scenes maybe have something to do with the Peggy Carter short film that Hayley Atwell said would be at Comic-Con later this year? If not, we're definitely interested to see how Stark fits in with Phase Two of Marvel's universe.