Captain America 2 has officially gone into production and Entertainment Weekly has the first still from the set along with a bunch of details regarding the plot. They also confirm what we’d heard last week regarding Georges St Pierre’s participation. Spoilers ahoy!

Marvel loves to throw in brief appearances by other characters, but Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will not turn up as mere cameos. Instead, today’s start-of-shooting announcement suggests they will have major supporting roles in Winter Soldier. Cap will find himself tangling with top leadership of S.H.I.E.L.D., which suggests Fury will also get some major screen time.

Some other heroes and villains in the sequel, most of them already revealed: Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) will portray Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon — a crimefighter who can not only fly, but also communicates telepathically with birds. Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) will be back as Fury-doubting Agent Maria Hill, while hyper-efficient Agent Jasper Sitwell (Thor and the Marvel One-Shot short Item 47) will be back as The Americans co-star Maximiliano Hernández returns.

On the side of the black hats, Frank Grillo (Zero Dark Thirty) joins the cast as Brock Rumlow, known by the more intimidating moniker Crossbones, a gunslinging mercenary in a skull luchador mask, and Georges St-Pierre (Death Warrior) as Georges Batroc, also known as Batroc the Leaper, a kickboxing French baddie with particularly deadly legs (though his original orange and magenta costume is pretty lethal, too, from a fashion perspective.)

No word on how long filming will take or how much they’ll need Georges St Pierre. But one thing is for sure: if I had a choice between preparing to fight Johny Hendricks or Scarlett Johansson, I know who I’d choose. In a way Georges is like a real life superhero, with the power to make women’s panties explode. The lucky bastard could very well sleep with half of SHIELD by the time the film wraps.

(pic by Jeff Cain via MMA Weekly)