There's nothing quite like being a member of The Avengers to boost anticipation for your own sequel. Just ask Iron Man, whose Iron Man 3 managed to overcome the overriding disdain for his Iron Man 2, and grossed a rather spectacular 1.2bn worldwide.
Iron Man, to many, is the main star of the ensemble, but the other superheroes are feeling similar bumps for their Phase Two entries. Just ask Captain America, whose original film was warmly received by both critics and audiences, but then hardly seen as revolutionary by either. Post-Avengers however, the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is receiving a ton of hype before its Spring 2014 release. Now, Marvel have released a synopsis, which you can check out below!
"After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier."
I think this looks like a veritable doozy. We've got Captain America () struggling with the transition to the modern world. The return of Black Widow (). And a storyline that appears full of intrigue and mystery. Set in Washington D.C, the synopsis seems to back up producer Kevin Feige's claim that it's like a 'political thriller'. There's also the damaged, discoloured Shield that acts as the poster, arguably another sign that this is less candy-colored, and more...dare I say it for a Marvel product...in the vein of a politically-engaged Nolan Batman?
I always applaud a blockbuster that aims to engage with more serious issues, so let's hope Captain America: The Winter Soldier achieves it on April 4th 2014, when it's set for release.