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Five Cool Facts About 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Ashley Velez |
April 7, 2014 | 12:52 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The Cap is back for "The Winter Soldier" (Marvel).
The Cap is back for "The Winter Soldier" (Marvel).
Marvel fans flocked to theaters this weekend to watch Chris Evans dominate the big screen. According to Forbes, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," smashed global box office sales after grossing over $303 million worldwide.

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, attended the Thursday night premiere at the University of Southern California and revealed a few little known facts about the popular superhero film. 

1) 'The Winter Soldier' Has Always Been Family Friendly 

The second installment of Captain America received a PG-13 rating after its first submission to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This was a major feat for Marvel Studios, Feige explained. After having to make adjustments to former films, the studio was both surprised and pleased that they would not have to modify the film.

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2) Snowden Had No Influence Over The Global Surveillance Theme

Did you notice any eerily familiar spying techniques throughout the movie? Feige explained that the Eric Snowden controversy took the media by storm midway through film production.

“It started out rather fictional this notion that Shield was inventing these devices that go up into the sky and spy on us and then midway through production, a fella named Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA was doing something very similar and it became very oddly, oddly, torn from the headlines,” said Feige.

Although Feige explained that the film should serve as a political commentary, the global surveillance sequences were already scripted before Snowden leaked the political documents. 

3) Sundance Star Robert Redford Came Just In Time

Feige told USC students that Robert Redford initially approached Marvel Studios in hopes of finding his next big role. 

“We had been spending the past eight or nine months working on our three days of the Condor inspired 70s political thriller and I was like ‘Yes! We do, we do have something, oh my God!'” Feige exclaimed. 

Redford was weary after reading the first draft but writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely made a few tweaks to the script and Redford decided that he was all in. 

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4) The Russos Run Cleveland

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo were raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where a majority of 'The Winder Soldier' was filmed. 

"I think half the town are Russos as a matter of fact,” Feige joked.  

Although the filming required that major freeways be shut down in Cleveland, they opened their town with love. Feige also told students about the pleasant experience he had in the city while filming the “Avengers,” where Cleveland doubled as Germany and Manhattan. 

5) Captain America Will Also Take South Korea By Storm

Feige revealed that “globetrotting” is a major goal for the next Marvel film. The Studio just began filming in South Korea for “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” Marvel Studios wanted to include different cities around the world and said that The South Korean Government was “unbelievably excited” about it.

Feige loves the modern look of Seoul and was also very excited about the co-production in South Korea. He told USC students that Chris Evans shut down major roads on Thursday, after he put on his Captain America gear and rode through the streets of Seoul on the hood of a car. How cool is that?

Fans can catch up with Captain America again in May 2015 with the release of the “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” If it’s anything like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” viewers will be in for a major treat.

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