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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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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Its time to Assemble the Avengers

If you are a fan of Marvel and their band of different superheroes then the time to see them ‘assemble’ is almost upon us. This is a fan boys dream that many thought would never come about but is finally here, The Avengers (UK release know as Avengers Assemble)

And what better way to get ready for this showpiece then by watching all the Marvel films, that matter in the context to this film, while adding in the Agent Coulson shorts as close to the timeline as possible.

So in order I watched;

Ironman (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Ironman 2 (2010)

The Consultant

A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer

Thor (2011)

Captain America (2011)

 

And here is what I noticed in each film that co-insides with the release of Avengers Assemble

Ironman (2008)

The first link is that of Agent Coulson who says he is from ‘Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division’. This is an on-going joke that the name needs to be worked on because it is quite a mouthful. By the end of the film Coulson says that they are now called S.H.E.I.L.D.

There is a quick glimpse of a Captain America shield on a workbench while Tony is working.

Lastly there is the scene after the credits, which is a staple to all the Marvel films, where Tony Stark finds Nick Fury in his house and tells him he would like to talk about the Avengers Initiative.

(The Incredible Hulk, Ironman 2 and Thor all take place around the same time)

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

In the opening credits when they are quickly showing the background story the name Nick Fury is shown on a document as well as Stark Industries. S.H.I.E.L.D also turns ups.

When Blonsky is waiting to be injected with the super serum there is a picture hanging on the wall of Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

The added scene at the end of the film involves Tony Stark confronting General Ross about a problem he has. Initially it would seem that he is referring about Hulk. However by watching the Agent Coulson Short ‘The Consultant’ you realise that Tony is actually talking about Abomination and is sent there to piss General Ross off. To put this short in the timeline it takes place after The Incredible Hulk and Ironman 2. (See Ironman 2 links)

Ironman 2 (2008)

Tony Stark gets an assistant in the form of Natalie Rushman which turns out to be an alias for Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She was sent in by Nick Fury to assess Tony Stark’s credentials to be part of the Avengers Initiative.

Nick Fury talks to Tony about his father and informs him that Howard Stark was a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson makes another appearance. Although he doesn’t stick around for long as there is something he has to deal with in New Mexico. (Ironman 2 end credit scene) He does however hand over the Captain America shield to Tony Stark when he asks for it. Coulson’s response is “Where did you get this? Do you have any idea what this is?”

Towards the end of the film Nick Fury tells Tony Stark that he isn’t wanted for the Avengers Initiative but Ironman is. So for now he will just be a consultant. (This links in to the Agent Coulson short ‘The Consultant’ and the end of The Incredible Hulk) Also in the background on the T.V’s while Fury and Stark are talking is the news reporting on what happened at the college where Hulk faced off with Blonsky for the first time.

The scene after the credits shows a car pull up to a crater and Agent Coulson steps out gets out his phone and says “Sir. We found it.” We then have a close up shot of Mjölnir, Thor’s hammer.

The second Agent Coulson short ‘ A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer’ takes place during Ironman 2 and shows Coulson kick ass when a petrol station is held up.

Thor (2011)

We see how Thor can travel between Asgard and earth. This is important later on (link in Captain America)

We get the backstory of Thor and Loki. With Loki being the main villain (or so we are believed to think) in The Avengers.

Agent Coulson plays a bigger role in this film being in charge of the Thor situation. This time he has a helper in the form of Hawkeye.

Towards the end Thor says to Agent Coulson “From this day forward, you can count me in as your ally” playing up to the Avengers film.

The scene after the credits show Nick Fury holding a case that contains a bright blue cube that is said to have great power. (This is linked to The Avengers and Captain America)

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Stark Enterprises is shown a lot in the film in relation to a young Howard Stark who co-founded the Super Soldier program.

When the Red Skull and Captain America are fighting in the final battle the Cosmic Cube (as seen at the end of Thor) is knocked and something strange happens. Red Skull looks to be vaporised however as we could see he was being transported to another realm, just like how Thor would move between worlds. (Possible return in the Avengers film or Thor 2)

Steve Roger’s wakes up in the present day and is freaked out. He is met by Nick Fury who calms him down.

After the credits we see Steve Rogers going at it with a punching bag. Nick Fury walks in and we see a teaser involving all the main players in the Avengers.

Avengers Assemble is released on April 25th in the UK

Captain America’s The Avengers suit

Here is a shot of Chris Evans in his more modern day Captain America suit from the set of the upcoming Avengers film.

To me it looks its come straight out of a comic book but is very likeable and will easily fall in line with the suits warn by Ironman and Thor.

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So with Captain America comes the final solo slash origin story before the Avengers film is released next year where we will see the title character come together on the big screen to save the world with Ironman, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Nick Fury.

Original trailers and footage of the film made it look very dated and that it might not be able to live upto the other Marvel character’s origin films.

Much like all the other Marvel films, in the lead up to next summer’s film, Captain America tells the story of how Steve Rogers became the shield throwing hero and it didn’t disappoint. It showed the goodness in the character and why he will become the leader of the group of superheroes The Avengers. He cares for everyone, never backs down and never leaves a man behind, a born leader.

The film itself flowed along nicely which was helped by the opening and closing scenes and made the film, although the majority of it being set in the 1940’s, fall in line with all the other Marvel films. 

The film had action, excitement, a love interest and a couple of  great comedic moments mainly provided by Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper and Stanley Tucci. The main villain of Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving and his German accent, came across as the typical crazy villain wanting to take over the world and Hugo played it as well as he could with the limited screen time he was given.

Possible Spoiler Alert

For anyone seeing this film and being excited about The Avengers next year you will want to sit through all the credits as at the end there is a teaser trailer showing all of the characters in very brief glimpses coming together.

It will be interesting to see how all of these big characters will come together and get on but one thing for sure is that Robert Downey Jnr will have some wise cracking lines and will once again come across as the coolest person in the world!

Film Fact

This was Chris Evans second shot at being a Marvel comic character after previously playing the Flame-on wild child Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four.