I’ll admit, I’m a big fan of Marvel. I’ll also admit that “Captain America: The First Avenger” isn’t one of my favorite Marvel movies.
With the release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” however, Marvel not only has another hit on their hands, but firmly entrenches this Avenger as a major force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Universe.
Where the first movie introduced Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and his superhero alter ego’s origins, this movie takes place in a post-Avengers world. One which Rogers is not only trying to catch up with, but one in which he’s trying to find his place in.
As the movie opens, Captain America is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D., but he’s not totally comfortable with all the grey areas the organization likes to operate in. He has an uneasy working relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and fellow agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), also known as Black Widow, and he’s highly suspicious of a new agency project that will neutralize potential threats before they happen.
Before long, S.H.I.E.L.D. is under attack by a mysterious assassin known as “The Winter Soldier” (Sebastian Stan), and Rogers instantly becomes a suspect, courtesy of agency head Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford). With the help of new friend Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Romanoff, and a few old friends, Rogers has to save himself and the world, while being known as public enemy #1.
I can’t say much more about the plot without spoiling the big reveal, but I will say this isn’t just a superhero movie, it’s a well done political thriller. There are quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, and the ending will definitely have major repercussions throughout future Marvel projects, as well as the TV show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has some amazing action sequences, and great CGI effects, but it never fails to remind us that the heroes that save the day in this movie are still human (ok, so Rogers is a little superhuman).
The signature Marvel humor is still there, and even though the film is full of drama, action, and intrigue, it never forgets to let us laugh every now and then to relieve the tension.
Steve Rogers is a hero who is all the things we strive to be – honest, compassionate and brave – though it seems out of place in today’s world. He would sacrifice his own life for a friend, even one who doesn’t remember him. He’s truly the good guy you root for.
Over all, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is another release from Marvel Studios that reminds us it’s fun to go to the movies.
I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention there are not one, but two of Marvel’s signature post-credit scenes. The first sets up a movie that will be released next year, and the second reminds us the story in this film isn’t done, yet.
Well done Marvel, well done. Now just take my money.
Note: There will be three total reviews of Marvel’s latest. Read John’s review here. Chris will have his review later this weekend.