What Audiences Can Expect From "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

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March 31st, 2014

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In 2011, Marvel fans everywhere crowded theaters to experience the story of the enhanced super-human Steve Rogers, who becomes Captain America and saves the day during World War II. On April 4, 2014, these same fans are set to take part in Captain America's new adventures in the 21st century. The film follows Steve Rogers after "The Avengers" as he adjusts to his new life, but trouble develops when a villain known as the Winter Soldier arises, posing a threat to Captain America, S.H.I.E.L.D and the entire world. Fans were unsure of what to anticipate upon seeing the movie's first trailers, but there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this new installment of the Marvel superhero franchise. These are a few elements that audiences everywhere can expect from the film, and the film's adherence to beloved characters and elements from the rich world of Marvel is certain to delight serious fans of the franchise.

An Exciting New Story With Captain America and Black Widow

The plot of the new film is filled with mystery and action, starring the unexpected duo of Captain America and Natasha Romanoff, who is the Avenger known as the Black Widow. In the film, Steve Rogers is living in Washington D.C. when someone from S.H.I.E.L.D. is under attack, and the hero finds himself up against a sinister enemy who is as old as Rogers himself. Captain America is a classic superhero who holds his own as a main protagonist, but his stern demeanor is well complemented by the strong, calculating Black Widow. The premise of the film, which is reminiscent of the espionage movies of the 1970s, is a pleasant change of pace from the World War II theme of the first film.

A Cast of New and Returning Marvel Characters

Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers, bringing his charm and charisma to the beloved character. The gorgeously talented Scarlett Johansson plays the Black Widow, and Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury, the head of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. Sebastian Stan, who is known for films such as "Black Swan" and "Rachel Getting Married," plays the Winter Soldier. The Falcon, a mysterious pilot who Captain America enlists to help defeat the villain, is played by Anthony Mackie, and the characters of Agent Maria Hill and Peggy Carter also appear in the film.

An Intriguing New Villain for Captain America to Face

The villain of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a complex character who poses a great threat to humanity. Without spoiling too much, it is revealed that the Winter Soldier is a Soviet agent who has somehow survived the passage of time, similar to Captain America. The villain wears a black mask over his mouth and nose, and he fights with a powerful mechanized arm. Throwbacks to the Captain's past and a mysterious backstory are sure to make the Winter Soldier an interesting villain for audiences to remember, and the conflict between them is certain to thrill and fascinate the audience.

Enhanced Stunt Work and Action Sequences

The first "Captain America" film, as well as many other films within the Marvel cinematic universe, feature action-packed fight scenes that use seamless CG effects to create an otherworldly feel. However, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes it a step further by giving Steve Rogers incredible fighting skills that are unlike anything ever seen in a Marvel film, which is due in part to directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who emphasize powerful, realistic fight scenes throughout the film. To adapt to the Captain's increases in skill level, Chris Evans took gymnastics classes and spent months undergoing intensive combat training while studying the film's fight choreography. Fans can expect fewer stunt doubles and more of the Captain himself showing real prowess in the new film, which enhances its realistic appeal.

Connections to the Rest of the Marvel Universe

This film succeeds largely because it does not just focus on Captain America, utilizing other Marvel characters while making constant references to the shared Marvel universe of the franchise. Audiences get a brief glimpse of the Stark Tower, and references are made to the Avengers and possible characters in future films. Fans of the television show "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." should also expect some significant crossover between the show and the movie as something momentous happens in the film that shapes the secret agency, and it is also possible that the important events taking place in the film affect the story or characters in the highly anticipated "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is a highly anticipated film with positive reviews from early screenings, assuring fans that it is one of the best Marvel installments to date, which means that fans should expect an action-packed film with an air of suspense and mystery. Featuring Captain America, Black Widow and a host of other interesting characters, this movie promises not to disappoint audiences and avid fans of Marvel universe.