The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first half (so to speak) was building up to The Avengers, all the way: from Iron Man’s ending to Selvigg working for S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Thor, everything was built up for this, establishing even the most minor elements that would appear in the 2012 epic.
However, in my perspective, it was actually building up to this particular movie instead.
Now, a sequel for Captain America: The First Avenger was highly anticipated since the release of the aforementioned movie in 2011. I myself was pretty excited to know it would take place in modern times and not be some silly side-story set in World War II or something (yeah, yeah, I don’t read a lot of comics, sue me; I just fap to the girls’ pin ups).
Either way, I was pretty hyped for The Winter Soldier when it was announced, and even moreso when I knew more helicarriers were appearing, Falcon was appearing, we were getting more of delicious Johansson in that delicious, skin-tight black suit of hers, and of course, the Captain in modern times, with modern weapons, and all that jazz.
But the movie completely, much more better than I would have ever imagined. It was complex, it was thick, and the action was amazingly done, with great, live action fights and great use of CGI. Captain kicks all kinds of ass, as usual, and his adaptation to the real world is pretty amusing and nice to see; his friendship with Falcon is also a highlight of the movie, and although it doesn’t spend an entire hour exploring it, it handles in the most proper way possible, making it a believable and cool friendship; Scarlett Johansson was cool when fighting the bad guys, and hot, as usual – and the same goes for Maria Hill at that; and Samuel L. Jackson is a badass, again, as usual.
Although it isn’t brooding and “depressing” like the Nolan Batman movies, it does share their sense of complexity, and, when you look at it and think about it, it is a dark movie in the end, and what boosts this aspect of the movie is that it is not done in such an obvious, “in-your-face” kind of way like in Nolan’s Batman films. It also makes you go out of the theater, and think about what happened, all the consequences of what happened, and speculate what will come afterwards (especially after those after-credit scenes).
This movie kicked all kinds of ass, and I personally find it to be better than The Avengers, due to all the reasons I mentioned above. The Avengers is awesome, but when it comes to overall nature, The Winter Soldier is a superior film.
Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier? What did you think about it?