We are now approaching the heart of Phase 2 of Marvel Studios‘ Avengers franchise. We first had Iron Man 3 (2013), and if this blog existed back in May when it came out I would have given it a 4/10… Not a good start. On November 8th, we will be treated to Thor: The Dark World (2013), which I think looks promising. (The first Thor movie was a tad underwhelming but I thought it was a good introduction to the character, nonetheless); and finally on April 4th, 2014, we have Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), which is why we’re here right now.
Today marked the release of the Captain America sequel’s first trailer. I thought it was only going to be a teaser that ran about a minute long, but I was actually treated to a full length two and a half minute trailer! It starts off strong with a brief conversation between Cap (Played by Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Played by Scarlett Johansson) and then quickly delves into what the movie will be focusing on.
Winter Soldier is going to touch up on Cap’s morals and how they relate to the morals of Colonel Nick Fury (Played by Samuel L. Jackson), director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (SHIELD). What I love about Captain America and what I think makes him different from a lot of heroes is his constant view of right and wrong. He is always honest and has the betterment of the people in his mind. With an agency like SHIELD, there are a lot of grey areas when it comes to morality. Cap believes in, “Innocent until proven guilty,” whereas SHIELD is just looking to avoid a potential catastrophe.
When I first heard that Cap and Black Widow would be teaming up in this film, I was worried that it would turn into this buddy-buddy cop show kinda thing and that is not what these characters are about. However this trailer definitely shows that Cap is still the main focus, which he should be; he’s the titular character for crying out loud!
One thing about the trailer that disappointed me was the lack of WINTER SOLDIER in this trailer. For those of you who do not know, I will give a quick bio on him:
*SPOILER WARNING IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)*
If you saw Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), then you know that Cap’s longtime friend, Bucky Barnes, was unfortunately killed towards the end of the movie. Well… Not so much. What happens is a Russian patrol submarine finds Bucky’s cold and preserved body and he’s missing one arm. The Russians revive Barnes in Moscow but he has suffered brain damage and amnesia. Scientists then attach a bionic arm to him and it is upgraded gradually as technology improves. Barnes is then programmed to be a Soviet assassin, under the name Winter Soldier, for Department X. He is sent of covert wetwork missions and he becomes increasingly ruthless and more efficient as time goes on. Now, if my comic knowledge suits me correctly (It does), Barnes is basically put on ice and is kept in cryogenic stasis when he is not needed on missions. Therefore, he has only aged about a few years since WWII when he comes back into Captain America’s life in the present day (Cap was frozen for 60 years too, you forget).
*END OF SPOILER*
Having said all of this, Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks like it is going to have great action in it, and the conflicts that seem to be arising in Captain America’s life are certainly ones faithful to the source, which makes me happy. I only hope that the Winter Soldier is ACTUALLY the winter soldier and not some fake like at the end of Iron Man 3
Below here will be the trailer. I hope this post was enlightening if you were craving this knowledge… If not, we’re not sorry.
PS Captain America’s new suit looks SICK.