“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” treats its audience to a movie sequel that meets and exceeds the expectations of movie watchers and comic enthusiasts alike.
Directors and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo did a excellent job integrating the movie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
They move its main character Steve Rogers, also know as Captain America or Cap, on to normal life after waking up from a frozen stasis at the end of “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the fiasco that occurred in New York City in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”
At the beginning of the movie, Cap pulls out a small notebook and the camera zooms in to show him adding a soundtrack to his to-research list that includes the moon landing, Steve Jobs (Apple) and “Star Wars”/Trek.
Again, normalcy does not last for Cap, who in true comic form finds himself looking for the villain who threatens to destroy an unsuspecting population of the world.
Even a great superhero like Captain America needs help stopping terrible things from happening and luckily for him, fellow Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division (better known as S.H.I.E.L.D) agents are seamlessly written into the plot.
New S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are introduced including The Falcon and Agent 13 played by Anthony Mackie and Emily VanCamp, respectively. Both fit into the Marvel universe, and the exciting fighting scenes, seemlessly.
Although, no one holds their own better than S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and Avenger, Natasha Romanoff or as the Marvel universe knows her, The Black Widow.
Any fan of the Marvel comics or movies knows that this girl can kick some serious bad guy behind. The audience is not left disappointed as she is given a lot of screen time in Captain America: Winter Soldier to demonstrate her skills.
Her character is written with more personality versus just the muscle with a pretty face from other Marvel films. Throughout the movie, Romanoff persistently tries to set Rogers up on dates. Scarlett Johansen applies her natural charisma to play the beefed up part.
Third time is certainly the charm for Chris Evans who plays Captain America more naturally this time around.
Cap keeps true to his patriotic self; an outstanding role model who does the right thing no matter what, even if he is the only one fighting for the cause.
In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” audiences get a counter-establishment undertone as Captain America stand against his own government.
The movie also has its quick hits of the humor thanks to the Russo brothers, who are well known for their comedic works. Their credits include the comedies “Arrested Development,” “Happy Endings,” and “Community.”
The movie was successfully made. It had action, drama, humor and most importantly it stayed true to the comic universe and its characters.
As the ninth installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” erases any negative connotations that are associated with the words movie sequel and left the audience eagerly anticipating the next Marvel movie release.