Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer breakdown
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The red, white and blue superhero faces a world where things aren't always black and white...
When Marvel Comics brought Captain America back in the sixties, Steve Rogers went from self-assured hero to a man out of time, having spent twenty years encased in ice. He saw a changed America, one that went from a united, patriotic people to one in turmoil, struggling with social change, war and distrust in our government. Cap soon realized that his black and white view of right and wrong was outdated, and he himself struggled with his role fighting for a country that didn't share his ideals anymore. In both the final scene of Captain America: The First Avenger and throughout The Avengers, this theme is explored in depth, and we see Rogers still trying to apply decades old morals to issues that are usually morally ambiguous.
It would appear that Cap is still struggling with this, as is evidenced in the first official trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which hit the web on Thursday. Rogers, who is donning a new and more muted costume, is still running missions for S.H.I.E.L.D., and seems to be afraid to really get back into the world when fighting evil isn't involved. The trailer starts out with a scene of Steve Rogers and Black Widow talking on a plane before a mission. Natasha asks if he has any plans for Saturday, and Rogers quips that everyone else in his barbershop quartet is dead, so no. She then tells him that there is a young lady who would say yes were he to ask her out, and he makes the excuse that he's too busy. And from everything else in the trailer, one might have to agree.
We see Rogers talking with Director Nick Fury in several scenes, both disagreeing about what constitutes freedom and what is nothing more than keeping everyone in line through fear, as Fury informs him that the agency is taking out terrorists before they do evil acts. This doesn't sit well with the good Captain, who believes that punishment should come after the crime, not before. Rogers is also seen talking with Alexander Goodwin Pierce (portrayed by the always wonderful Robert Redford), a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and comrade of Fury's. Pierce tells him that embracing the new world means letting go of the old one. Again, Rogers seems to have trouble with a world that isn't as cut and dried as the one he lived in.
Another displaced soldier is Sebastian Stan as James "Bucky" Barnes, who is now the title character The Winter Soldier. After going missing in action, Bucky was brainwashed by the Soviets and turned into an assassin, complete with longer hair and a Soviet-powered bionic arm. According to the filmmakers, Bucky's character will adhere closely to Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier storyline from the comics (unlike The Mandarin in Iron Man 3), so we will have to see if Rogers can save his old friend by the end of the film. A new face is Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, AKA The Falcon, the first African-American superhero (and thankfully, one that doesn't use Black in their nom de plume). Wilson doesn't get much face time in the trailer, but he does get to show off his flying, which is a treat.
As with the previous recent Marvel films, we seem to be getting a brilliant mix of well-choreographed action and deep character-driven storyline, which sets these movies apart from most other genre pieces. Not only will we get to see Rogers kick ass as only Captain America can, but we'll see him vulnerable, which is what Marvel has always done better than DC. The idea of the flawed hero will continue, and that is what makes these movies and the comics that they are based on so enticing.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released to theaters on April 4, 2014 in both 2D and 3D. The trailer can be watched below:
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