Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford

 

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Steve Rogers is still trying to get use to the modern world and comes up against someone stronger and faster than him in the Winter Soldier who also links in to his past.

The sequel to The First Avenger sort of feels and acts like an Avengers 1.5 with a heavy SHIELD influence and other superheroes apart from the titular character in the story including Black Widow and new comer Falcon. The film does have an espionage thriller feel to it with the superheroes having to band together to defeat the threat that has come their way which includes the villain the Winter Soldier.

Followers of the comic arc will know who the Winter Soldier is but it does not retract from the story of the film and where we might possibly be heading for Age of Ultron and Captain America 3 however there is another story element that could have massive altercations for these films and the TV show Marvel’s Agents of Shield but I’m not going to spoil that for you.

As with all Marvel films you will want to stay during the credits as there are 2 post-credit scenes, just like with Thor: The Dark World, with one setting up a future Marvel film and the other setting up a possible link to the third in the series.

 

Recommend

As a big fan of what Marvel are doing at the moment and where they are heading for future films this one does not let you down. I grinned from start to finish and with some fantastic fight and action scenes with the odd bit of humour thrown in making this film thoroughly enjoyable. As with other Marvel films do keep an eye/ear out for references for possible future films and Avenger character mentions.

TheFriedGold rating – 8/10 – A real Captain’s performance

 

Film Fact

In one scene, Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, wears a necklace with an arrow on it which is in  reference to her teammate and occasional lover Clint Barton, Hawkeye.

 

 

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