Scarlett Johansson on 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Timeline

October 1, 2013
Source: Refinery29

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

For those who don't know, Iron Man 3 takes place six months after the events of The Avengers, with the ABC series "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." taking place sometime after that (since there's an Extremis charged villain in the pilot), and Thor: The Dark World comes about a year after the superhero ensemble came together. But what about the forthcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Well, it might seem like a no-brainer, but Scarlett Johansson, who plays a prominent role in the sequel as Black Widow, says the sequel takes place two years after The Avengers, which will just be real-time since the film's release.

Johansson spoke to Refinery29 (via SlashFilm) and explained:

"This film is in real time. It's been two years since [the characters] appeared, and now both are agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fighting in the streets. We are not superheroes flying side by side. They help each other because we are fighting in a similar way. It’s a working relationship."

Speaking of that relationship, it sounds like Black Widow and Captain America get a little closer as they work together for S.H.I.E.L.D. However, it doesn't sound romantic:

"By a series of unfortunate encounters, they will be in a situation in which their friendship becomes more intimate. They share many similarities because they live on the defensive without relying on anyone. Also, the two have been working for the government throughout their professional careers. With their friendship they begin to question what they want and what is their true identity."

The footage from the film directed by Anthony and Joe Russo impressed the hell out of us, looking like an action thriller in the vein of The Bourne Identity franchise. With two years of time passing in between The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we're wondering what Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff have been up to this whole time. Maybe we'll find out with a bumper at the end of Thor: The Dark World? It seems like the Marvel movies this time might keep the credits scenes confined to each individual franchise judging by the one from Iron Man 3, but we'll have to wait and see.

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I like that the films are occurring in a linear order this time around. I really disliked the 'everything overlaps' vibe of 'Phase 1', The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, and Thor all had events that were taking place at virtually the same time...there was no definitive chronological order, and even with Captain America, the main storyline in the 40s was the 'earliest' story, yet it's framing scenes set in present day took place closer to The Avengers than any of the other films. But at least now it seems like they will be very straightforward about it. Iron Man 3 takes place the Christmas after The Avengers occurs(which in theory occurs in May of 2011 or 2012) and I believe Thor: The Dark World takes place about a year after, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier taking place 2 years after makes sense. Agents of SHIELD obviously occurs at some point after Iron Man 3, but where it takes place relative to the others is a bit of a toss up. Does the entire first season run parallel? Meaning that the episodes that air before Thor: The Dark World comes out take place BEFORE that movie, and the episode that air after take place after? Or will the entire first season take place...perhaps between Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, or between The Dark World and The Winter Soldier? I'm sure it will be addressed.

Chris Groves on Oct 1, 2013


I can't wait for a true cross over to happen. It's gonna be awesome!

DAVIDPD on Oct 1, 2013


Okay, lets see. IRON MAN- May 2008 IRON MAN 2- January 2009 The Incredible Hulk- January 2009 THOR- January 2009 Captain America: The First Avenger- 1940s and 2011 The Avengers- May 2012 IRON MAN 3- Christmas 2012 Agents of SHIELD- 2013 THOR: The Dark World- Sometime in 2013 Captain America: The Winter Soldier- 2014 Avengers: Age of Ultron- 2015 Sounds about right.

Luis Eduardo Ortiz on Oct 1, 2013


Comic love right there.

mooreworthy on Oct 1, 2013


you missed Guardians of the Galaxy you can add Antman too after Avengers if you want..boy Marvel is BUSY

Joshua on Oct 13, 2013

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