And the Epic Saga Continues! To keep things short and spoiler free, the movie is wonderful. Go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier - you won’t regret it. For those wanting a more in depth analysis, please keep reading.
The battle of The Avengers is well behind Steve Rodgers/Captain America (Chris Evans) but the fallout can still be felt. S.H.I.E.L.D. has graduated into a fully recognized organization with their own CIA-esque headquarters and worldwide responsibilities. Rodgers now spends his days adjusting to modern day life and completing missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. with Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), one of which leads him to start questioning their actions. With success, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) have become much more secretive and distrustful. Their distrust has led them to begin weaponizing the flying aircraft carriers from The Avengers to better prepare for future villains. An action which Rodgers disagrees with. All this changes when…I really shouldn’t say (it’s too good).
Comments were made some time ago that this was going to be more of a spy movie. I agree, it’s hard to tell who to trust and who is just being used for about half of the movie. However, die hard fans of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy will not find that much of a challenge. The story and pace are fast, action packed and never let you get bored for one second. By the midpoint, the answers have already been revealed, we know who the bad guys are and the rest of the film is what our main characters do with those answers.
This is probably the only problem in the film, the bad guys. I won’t spoil who they are because this is a film of secrets and twists. When they were first revealed to me, I had no problem with them being bad guys. However, once I let it sink in, I couldn’t help but question the choice. Don’t get me wrong, it makes sense from a comic book world’s logic, but I just wonder how the movie would have played out if they were less notable.
Being part of a large franchise, this movie accomplishes so much development and change in the Marvel Universe, I personally can’t wait to see how the rest of the movies react. Rodgers is still somewhat stuck in the past, obsessing about lost love and friends. Romanoff gets the most screentime yet and she shines. There was talk about this also being a prequel to her own movie, and I say bring it on. We even get a little insight into Fury’s mysterious past, just a little though.
Overall, this a fun ride in the latest installment from Marvel Studios...until Guardians of the Galaxy.