'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' a 'trust no one' epic

Chris Evans in Captain America: Winter Soldier (Handout)

Chris Evans in Captain America: Winter Soldier (Handout)

Jim Slotek, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:06 PM ET

This season's super-hero style tip: black is the new red, white and blue.

"They keep working on it, and it's supposed to get more comfortable, but it always feels like it gets tighter," Chris Evans says of the new, sleek, covert-ops-style outfit he wears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

"Of course, once you get a good sweat under it, it makes for a better fit. You know you're going to have to live in it for four or five months."

Friends - and at least one foe - of the First Avenger assembled at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Wednesday to promote the Jason Bourne-ish Winter Soldier. Among them: Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Cap's new sidekick Falcon), Sebastian Stan (the Winter Soldier of the title, who played Cap's old sidekick Bucky Berger in the first movie) and Disney/Marvel producer Kevin Feige.

Winter Soldier is a "trust no one" epic, with car chases, mass destruction, misuse of mass surveillance, and a civil war within the super-secret organization S.H.I.E.L.D. - brought to you by Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of, um, TV's Arrested Development.

"The key to making these movies different each time is to be able to move pieces around on the playing board and subvert expectations - to make the world different at the beginning of Avengers 2 than it was at the end of Avengers 1," Feige said of the plot, which pretty much flips the S.H.I.E.L.D. gameboard over.

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"When we met with Joe and Anthony, they were very clear and had very lofty ambitions. They were like, we want to make the best car chase of any Marvel movie, and maybe the best car chase of all time.'

"And I said, 'Well, that sounds good,'" Feige added with a laugh.

In the brothers' defence, Joe Russo added, "The process isn't very different. You still go to set. You still direct actors. You have a crew, and an infrastructure at Marvel that is different from anywhere else in the world, full of talented and intelligent people to get your vision across.

"Comedy isn't very different from action, it requires choreography. So if you're filming a (comedy) bit, the choreography and timing isn't very different from stuntwork or a fight scene. It's all a dance."

Meanwhile, Winter Soldier marks the most screen-time yet for Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a Black Widow. Feige confirmed there are several treatments for a Black Widow movie on the Marvel drawing board, and that her role in the upcoming Avengers: Age Of Ultron will be pivotal.

For her part, Johansson said her recent role of Maggie in Broadway's Cat On A Hot Tin Roof was "the most physically challenging thing you can do. I felt in pretty solid shape after that run." For the rest of her regimen, she said, "you train like a dude and eat a bunch of lettuce."

And then there's the newest professional relationship revealed in Winter Soldier, between Nick Fury and his mentor Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), Shield's Liaison to the World Security Council.

"I met Robert in a lot of situations when I was going to Sundance when I was a young actor," Jackson said. "And that first morning (of shooting), we sat down and talked about a lot of different things. We talked about life, we talked about golf, we talked about movies.

"So by the time we got on set, it looked like we had some past in some darker, more medieval state of counter-insurgency. And it was a great experience."


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