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MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!

If you saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend (and by the looks of things, most of you very clearly did), you saw a crackerjack meshing of a modern comic book movie with elements of the ‘70s paranoid political thriller genre, as well as the best Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date, and you saw a film with an ending that felt more like a cliffhanger than an overall resolution.  And thanks to a recent interview with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo, we now know that the film is structured to be the first half of a two-parter, with the film’s ending setting up the plot of Captain America 3.

/Film has a conversation with the directors, who discuss the film’s ending, in which Captain America’s best friend Bucky Barnes is revealed to by Hydra super-assassin the Winter Soldier, as well as the film’s post-credits scene, in which the Winter Soldier overcomes his amnesia and relearns his true identity.

Joe Russo: In the Marvel cone of secrecy, we won’t divulge too much, but I will say this. The movie is clearly written as a two-parter. There is a, there would seem to, the next movie would seem to require a continuation of the journey of the Winter Soldier.

Anthony Russo: Both on Cap’s part and Winter Soldier’s part. They both sort of are just–

Joe: And that’s not giving anything away. I think you can just glean that from watching the movie and seeing how the movie ends.

So, yeah—expect the Winter Soldier storyline to continue throughout Marvel’s Phase Two and Three mythologies.  Also, expect to see Cap 3 in just over two years, as Marvel has announced the film’s official release date as May 6, 2016—putting the film head-to-head against Batman vs. Superman.

What do you think of the Captain America news?