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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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Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble (2012)

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddlestone.

 

The world is in danger, it’s time to activate the Avengers initiative and bring this band of superheroes together. With Nick Fury in charge he brings in Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to battle the villainous Loki who is threatening to bring a race of aliens to earth to start a war.

Gone are the origin stories that we have seen in previous Marvel films, this is a full out superhero slug fest that not only involves the good guys fighting the bad guys but also good verses good – Thor’s emergence back on earth starts with a forest fight between himself, Ironman and Captain America.

The film just oozes with cool set pieces, witty one liners, from everyone, not just Robert Downey Jr. (although he is on top form as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark) and the film gives an equal amount of screen time to everyone allowing them to each have a scene stealing moment – Hulk and Thor after taking down one of the massive snake like robots is nothing but hysterical.

Everyone was fantastic in the film from all the main players to the characters on the outside like Agent Coulson and Maria Hill who are also given their own decent amount of screen time.

A stand out performance goes to Mark Ruffalo and his version of Bruce Banner and Hulk – Big, strong, clever, funny, and angry and every time he was on screen he was awesome.

I saw this in IMAX 3D and it didn’t take anything away from the film even though the film wasn’t shot using special cameras and it was added on in post-production. The 3D wasn’t in your face horrible and for the action pieces it gave you just enough extra dimensional action to look good. I will be going to see this for a second time for a number of reasons; to see it in normal 2D and to see if I can spot any extra easter eggs hidden within the film (see my previous blog on links to the avengers)

There are a lot of big films being released this year and this has not let me down. It has everything that you could have wanted from an Avengers film. I urge you to go to the cinema and see this film. Do not wait for it to be released on disc format or you will just be disappointed that you didn’t see it on the big screen.

 

Film Fact

As with all Marvel films you will want to stay on through the credits. There is a post credits scene about half way through them.

 

 

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

The Avengers name change

So for the UK only The Avengers has had its title changed to ‘Avengers Assemble’.

Thankfully they have released a cool new poster to go with it.

But what do you think to the title change?

 

 

Avengers Assemble is released in cinemas on April 27th in the UK. A full week before it’s release in America

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.