Captain America awakening from his over 60 year slumber will no doubt miss the irony of his standing on the S.H.I..E.L.D. in the first poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. For a man who live and fought in a time when there was a clear black and white, good versus evil, right and wrong it is hard to see the necessity for good to develop a little evil to catch the bad bad guys.
The first trailer is filled with the moral grays of Steve Rogers' new world which in cinematic terms makes this Captain America a political thriller. A naive idealistic young man navigating his way through this climate is very much 3 Days of the Condor plotting. So it's no surprise the wizened star of Condor, Robert Redford should show up in the head S.H.I..E.L.D. role as a reassuring mentor with gray motives that get hashed out with Nick Fury(Samuel L Jackson) in plexiglass spaces that show everything but the words really being spoken.
Along for the ride is Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the budding Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) in his pre-Falcon mini-origin story to steer Cap away from the darker grays he's not ready for- namely his dead bff Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) reanimated and cyborg-ized into the villainous Winter Soldier of the title. Black Widow and the Winter Soldier share some history.
If you feel this movie is a setup for the Avengers: Age of Ultron, you'll be partially right. "There's a very strong connection in the narrative between the events of the end of 'Avengers' that drive this film -- and there's a very strong hand off to 'Avengers 2' at the end of this movie," co-director Joe Russo (who made the film with his brother, Anthony) told HuffPost Entertainment earlier this year. "And [Marvel head] Kevin Feige's whole thing is that this is the biggest bridge of all of Phase 2 movies; it really is. It does involve the most amount of Avengers of any of the films in Phase 2, and there's a very big shift in the universe at the end of this movie."
The snippets of actions scenes look up there with those of The Avengers and the ones shown in the promos for Thor: Dark World. The Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer will be attached to the Norse God's cinematic adventure when it opens November 8th.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be released everywhere April 4, 2014.
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