Yes, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury & Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow will return and now, added to the list, is Coby Smulder’s rather, em, fetching Maria Hill.
Yes, with Frank Grillo now confirmed as Crossbones (we ran the original story here), it has now been confirmed that Maria Hill will feature in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We’re wondering if it is in fact Smulders who’ll replace the shoes left by Agent Phil Coulson… oh, wait, Coulson may not be dead at all.
It has also been confirmed by Variety that Black Widow will feature heavily in the movie and another female lead role is currently casting.
The Winter Soldier will most likely follow on from the comicbook story which chronicles a very dark part of Captain America’s history SPOILER ALERT when his best friend Bucky seemingly returns from the dead as a terrorist SPOILER END. Given the host of characters confirmed in the movie that don’t feature in the comics we can assume the story will vary considerably while maintaining the bare bones, but as always we won’t really know until August 1, 2014.