For me, [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) was one of the best movies [Marvel](channel:932254) Studios has put out to date, along with [The Avengers](movie:9040) and [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). There was action, suspense, and an air of mystery about the whole story. I was fascinated by the relationship between Captain America and the Winter Soldier because it reminded me a lot of Thor and Loki's relationship; Bucky was, after all, like a brother to Cap and a part of his Howling Commandos. He was also the only one that Cap lost.
However, The Winter Soldier did something else for me: it made Captain America interesting. In both his first standalone movie and The Avengers, I found him to be rather boring.
Sure, he could punch well, but he didn't have much else about him. He was obviously a good guy, but it just seemed so dull, almost like the SSR or S.H.I.E.L.D. would tell Cap where to go, he'd go there, then punch a few guys. In The Winter Soldier, however, Cap seemed to change. He was still the good guy, and he still believed in justice. But it was exciting, and it really showed how much Captain America believes in justice because most of S.H.I.E.L.D. was against him. The Winter Soldier, in my opinion, didn't show Captain America as they had in the previous films. They showed him as this guy:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier portrayed Steve Rodgers as he is in the comics: somebody who believes in justice so much that he would go to war against Iron Man , who would set the Red Skull free after the Axis event, and who would assemble a team of the world's greatest villains to fight the Avengers and the X-Men (you may have to read the Axis comics to get that last one). The point stands, however: the portrayal of Captain America in Captain America: The Winter Soldier was by far a superior performance than either of the other movies that Cap was in simply because it showed him closer to the comics and highlighted just how much he believes in doing what is right. I have no doubt that Avengers: Age of Ultron is going to be an incredible movie. I also know that we will continue to see this vibranium-spined superhero in Captain America: Civil War. But the question is this: Will [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) continue to portray Captain America the way that The Winter Soldier did, or in Avengers 2 will he lapse back into the slightly boring, clean-cut good guy?