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Captain America

I’m sure I’m not the only one that sees the Captain America movies as a way to pass the time until the more important Marvel movies come out. With that being said, I have been surprised with each episode of the franchise.

Captain America: Winter Soldier follows up Captain America: The First Avenger from 2011. We find Steve Rogers, Captain America (Chris Evans), in modern day. He is part of SHIELD, led by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and works with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to fight international threats to the United States.

When Fury’s life is in danger he tells Rogers not to trust anyone. Soon after, Rogers finds out a mysterious terrorist organization has infiltrated SHIELD and has hired an even more mysterious hit-man, known as the Winter Soldier, to take out key SHIELD members.

The plot and exposition scenes in Marvel films are usually secondary to the action. And in this film there are some pretty spectacular action sequences. Captain America is up against worthy adversaries in a couple of scenes, and with Black Widow and new friend Sam Wilson as his partners there is a whole new fighting dynamic. But, unexpectedly, there are a couple of interesting plot twists. Some (no spoilers I promise) actually have people concerned over how they will fit into the rest of the Marvel world.

With all the fuss, it’s possible Captain America will now be taken seriously as a super hero. I’ve always enjoyed his uniquely patriotic ethics but didn’t really feel he held his own, especially against Iron Man’s rebellious wit. Now that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have made an effort to make Captain America’s storyline stand out, I think people will realize the importance of it in the grand scheme of all things Marvel. Reviewed by Sara Castillo.

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