Poor Captain America. He's always been the vanilla ice cream of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the goody-two-shoes, always-does-the-right-thing superhero. No fancy gadgets and snark like Iron Man. No internal Jekyll/Hyde conflicts like the big green ragemonster, Hulk. No awesome hammers and flying capabilities like Thor. No sneer and swagger like Loki. No duplicitous and shady pasts like Black Widow and Hawkeye. Still stuck between the future and the past in Captain America 2. And Cap actor Chris Evans knows this:
He doesn’t have demons. He’s not Batman, he doesn’t struggle with inner turmoil. The nature of this character is that he puts himself last and helps the common good. So he could easily slip into a world of boredom…The blessing and curse of Captain America is that he doesn’t have that fancy an ability. He doesn’t live in another world, or turn green. He doesn’t have bells and whistles, he doesn’t shoot missiles. He punches and kicks.
But Captain America: The Winter Soldier is poised to change all of that. The rumors swirling around the internet for months were that Captain America 2 was going to be as much a tightly-knit political thriller as it would be a crash-bang superhero film, the bridge between the events of the first Avengers film and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And the first Twitter reactions from the press and journalists who got to see an early screening have only confirmed this positive buzz. Go ahead, try to find a negative reaction: You can't. Don't believe it? Here's a sample:
That right there is a hell of a lot of love from the notoriously picky entertainment journalist community. Our own Scott Pierce went to the press screening last night and the first thing he said to me this morning was, "You are going to love Captain America. It was just...really, really good." And those words hold weight, considering he has only lukewarm feelings for the first Captain America film.
Will it be better than the first Avengers film? Will it beat this summer's risky Guardians of the Galaxy at the box office? Will it be Marvel's best film ever? I NEED ANSWERS...and I'm now kicking myself that I didn't go last night.
But for those of us mere mortals who must wait for the theater release, start counting down the days to April 4th when Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theaters.
And presumably punches us all in the face with awesome. Want to fanboy and girl out about it? Nerd out with me on Twitter, comrades.
Will Captain America 2 be the best Marvel movie ever?