Captain America returns to theaters this weekend in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We pick up where the Avengers left off as Steve Rogers becomes more acclimated with the world around him. He’s hanging out in D.C. helping shield and teaming up with Black Widow on covert ops.
The pace moves pretty quickly from the beginning and there’s action at almost every turn. We quickly learn that Shield has been compromised and it turns Caps world upside down. Questioning who to trust, and quickly finding out who the enemy really is.
We also see the entry of “The Winter Soldier” played by Sebastian Stan who if you keep up with the comic world, you know Winter Soldier he has his own series. I wouldn’t be surprised to see if they continue his story beyond this film. Cap also gets a few new allies, including The Falcon played by Anthony Mackie. It’s clear the films creators have tried to amp up falcon and make him more appealing than he was in the comics. His suit is really cool and Mackie is a great actor. I just hope in future films they keep him as the fearless soldier he portrayed in this film. I know I was really let down with how easily someone like Rhodes surrendered in the last Iron Man film.
I don’t want to give away much of the plot. So the enemy of the film I will keep to myself. Because it’s kind of got this mystery to it. Some folks might see it coming, but those not as familiar with the comics will be surprised. But those that are familiar with the comics will probably appreciate the execution of the villain Captain finds in the bunker.
Ultimately at the end of the day it’s a pretty solid story, which will transcend beyond itself. The Agents of Shield tv show will be effected, I imagine the Avengers sequel will be effected, and possibly any other future Marvel film could be effected by the events that take place in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s got lots of great elements that keep it interesting and not just a super hero action film. I find it interesting that Marvel is really trying to focus on the humanity of the average joe type hero’s like Captain America and Iron Man. Sure Iron Man isn’t quite average as a billionaire, but in the third film, they took his suit away and humanized him and slapped him in the middle of nowhere for a huge portion of the film. Captain always has that element to him and could easily be the most boring, straight and narrow, super hero out there. His obsession with Freedom and doing what’s right could become super redundant and boring. The bar has to be set high for him to keep it interesting and I think that they succeeded with The Winter Soldier.
My only beef with the entire film is how much it revolved around Shield. It felt almost like it should have been an “Agents of Shield” feature film. They are constantly there on screen with Captain America and he just feels like he’s just another Shield employee at the end of the day. I mean this is Captain America! He’s supposed to be the super soldier! I want to make clear there is a very good reason they’re such a big part of the film. But I would have liked for it to be a bit more exclusively Captain America.
It’s still a great addition to the Marvel film universe and I think will hold up well in the grand spectrum of things. Steve Rogers is still able to fight for his core beliefs even after questioning their validity. The old school suit makes a grand return! There’s lots of great action and an interesting shift for the world of Shield. It’s definitely worth your time.