The first trailer for the “Captain America” sequel hit the Internet on Thursday, offering a glimpse of Washington’s very own superhero movie:
The movie, which shows what Captain America (Chris Evans) is up to after the events of last year’s “The Avengers,” is largely set in the nation’s capital. It follows Captain America as he fights “a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.” (to use Marvel’s words).
There are all kinds of shots in the trailer reminding us that, unlike the scores of blockbusters set in New York and Los Angeles, this is the rare big-budget franchise movie where the action happens in and around the District. There are images of the Mall, assorted memorials and monuments and what appears to be a massive military base floating in the Potomac River right next to the Georgetown Waterfront.
The film also shot in Cleveland for a stretch, with that city filling in for Washington to allow for the filming of stunts that closed major streets for weeks at a time — something that wouldn’t necessarily fly in the District. (Cleveland has filled in for New York City in other films, including “The Avengers” and “Spider-Man 3”). Pylons for Metro stations and vehicles made up to look like Metrobuses were spotted around Cleveland.
The first “Captain America” movie, released in 2011, earned more than $370 million worldwide. But this movie hopes to benefit from the larger audience that saw “The Avengers,” which pulled in $1.5 billion dollars.
Evans is joined in the movie by fellow “Avengers” alums Scarlett Johansson (as the Black Widow) and Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury). This sequel also adds Robert Redford, playing a high-ranking government official, and Robert Mackie, portraying the high-flying Falcon.
It arrives in theaters April 4, 2014.