Gadzooks! SPOILERS be poppin’ as Nick and Andrew dive into The First Avenger’s Second Fight (aka CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER). The two use their Marvel and comics know-how to examine the film and what it means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.
Captain America is my favorite Avenger. He has the most interesting origin story… a man out of time constantly fighting Hydra, I enjoy watching him in combat with his shield on the ground as opposed to watching Iron Man or Thor fly about, and he’s just damn likeable as played by former Human Torch, Chris Evans.
In THE AVENGERS INITIATIVE: PHASE TWO (starting with IRON MAN 3 and ending after GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in summer 2015), Marvel Studios has really found the heart and soul of each of their A-List Avengers in their individual pictures.
IRON MAN 3 wrapped up that franchise with an explosive (pun very much intended) finale fit for the boisterous Tony Stark. Even the credits exploded with a 3D 1970s style befit the franchise with a great, punchy score by Brian Tyler.
THOR: THE DARK WORLD sent us on LORD OF THE RINGS style epic fights amongst sword carrying soldiers in outer space, with lots of myth and everyone’s favorite Marvel villain, Loki. Brian Tyler again did the score, this time befitting the magnitude and epicness of the God of Thunder alongside great comic-esque paintings of the characters.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER also brings Captain America further into his own subuniverse within the official Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Now that the origin films are gone and there is little to set up for the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, each hero is free to play in his own universe, with less (even after credits) sequences that set up AVENGERS 2. Rather, these days the post-credit sequences set up the next film within the THOR or CAPTAIN AMERICA franchises… not that WINTER SOLDIER doesn’t tease AGE OF ULTRON characters…
As each sub-franchise takes on more of a unique feel, all under the Marvel Studios banner of combining light heartiness and jokes to the films to avoid Marvel becoming DC’s DARK KNIGHT or MAN OF STEEL franchises, the good Captain moves out of WWII and into a modern day espionage thriller… with just a few super soldiers, crazy living computers, and a winged soldier.
If Iron Man is the most classic superhero formula, and Thor is more a space saga (as I assume GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be… only more lighthearted and joke filled than any other MCU film yet), then Captain America is the aforementioned thriller. Continue reading “CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER – First Thoughts”
Before I say anything else, I must put forth this fact! The Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe) who I most love for directing countless episodes of my FAVORITE PIECE OF MEDIA EVER, ARRESTED fucking DEVELOPMENT have directed this film! (I also love the pair for directing some great eps of COMMUNITY.) Now…
Captain America: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Seems like it could have been an alternate title for the film, considering the trailer has very little of the Winter Soldier in it.
I’m just pleased as punch that we have a trailer for my favorite Avenger, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)… aka Captain America’s second lone outing. And it is fucking sweet! Less superhero antics, more thriller/spy type action… with 2 superbeings and an agent with custom made wings…
As stated previously, Captain America’s not that alone with Agent Romanov (Scarlett Johansson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, all along for the ride. A big S.H.I.E.L.D. fiesta.
IMDB also lists Emily VanCamp as Peggy Carter descendent and longtime comic ally to Steve Rogers, ‘Agent 13.’
Even Peggy (Hayley Atwell) and young Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) are listed, leading the the awesome conclusion there will be at least a few flashbacks to Captain America’s WWII days.
The world has changed, and Steve Rogers is still getting used to it (though he does have his updated suit of stars). Rather than punishing evil after it happens, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury are all about preventing terrorism. Is Rogers too idealistic? Because Nick Fury says that S.H.I.E.L.D. sees the world as it is, not as they want it to be.
“This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” – Steve Rogers