Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely say they believe Superman can be tackled the same way they handled Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The writing duo finished their stint with Marvel Studios that started all the way back in 2011 with Captain America: The First Avenger. There’s no confirmed projects for them in the MCU, which means that they are available to venture out of the franchise and potentially in another superhero world; and if given the chance to write for the Man of Steel, Markus and McFeely seem confident regarding how they’re going to handle it.
Before being Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame writers, they first made an impression with the Captain America trilogy. Fans were initially skeptical how the supreme soldier would fit into the MCU, as he’s traditionally a bit cheesy in the comic books, but over the course of three solo films, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was among the most beloved heroes in the franchise, leading to his eventual retirement in Avengers: Endgame. Considering that Captain America is widely dubbed as the parallel to DC’s Superman, Markus and McFeely are confident that they can tackle the latter with a better end result.
Dropping by at the Screen Rant booth at San Diego Comic-Con, Markus and McFeely picked Superman as the hero they want to write for now that they’re supposedly done in the MCU. McFeely chooses Superman, explaining that Christopher Reeves’ version of the hero is one of his favorites. He continues by saying he believes that “you don’t have to dirty him up, you don’t have to get rid of his earnestness” to have a more dynamic Man of Steel. Check out the full interview below:
At this point, the future of Henry Cavill’s Superman is bleak. There’s been no actual announcement from Warner Bros. and DC whether or not he’s still attached to the role, although some fans are taking this as a good sign because he technically remains involved until said otherwise. Cavill has played the role three times now – in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. While all films were met with a divisive response, one would be hard pressed to find someone who’s not impressed with what the actor has done with the role thus far. This led many to believe that the problem lies in how the character is utilized in these films.
Superman is often compared to Captain America since they embody the boy scout image and are the moral compass of their teams, though they’re very different in terms of power set. Obviously, there will be tweaks when it comes to tackling the Man of Steel as they can’t simply copy what the MCU did with Steve Rogers, but if anything, the success of Captain America proves that there’s a way to update the hero without stripping him of his core principles. Perhaps now that the Markus and McFeely are done with the MCU following Avengers: Endgame, they get the opportunity to take on Superman – whoever the actor playing him might be.
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