Captain America: The Winter Soldier– Marvel’s newest superhero hit


Marvel Studios, arguably one of the most noticeable company names up to date, has seemingly produced yet another hit film. This previous weekend, on Friday, April 4, 2014, Marvel released Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This movie is the sequel to Marvel’sCaptain America: The First Avenger. Covered in this film, is the life of Captain America after the events of his first movie as well as the Avengers. Captain America (played by Chris Evans), after all he has been through, is now trying to find himself in the world and time he does not understand.

There are many things that affect my view (positive or negative) of this film after seeing it over the previous weekend. The movie, to me, had such an intense complex storyline that was somewhat, mindblowing. Without giving anything away, Captain America, now an agent of the organization of S. H. I. E. L. D. has teamed up with some notable sidekicks- Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and a few other notable Marvel heroes like Sam Wilson, whose hero-name, so to speak, is only grazed in the movie but I will graze over that fact later, and Maria Hill (played by Cobie Smulders)- has to take down an under-the-radar threat from the shadows. This storyline is so connected with the rest of the Marvel Studios universe and has so many references to the comics from which the movies originate. References like those have a certain appeal to a comic book geek like me and overall just helped for my positive opinion towards the moviel.

Also helping toward my positive opinion towards the movie was, to me, how they made this movie better than its predecessor. WhereCaptain America: The First Avenger was a good movie and equally had a good storyline,Captain America: The Winter Soldier goes above and beyond. In this movie they also made Captain America seem more like a hero, someone who actually has something to bring to the table. Don’t get me wrong I’ve always liked Captain America, but in comparison to the other prevalent Avengers heroes like Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk, Captain America seemed somewhat below them. This movie changed that for me. Captain America, since training with S. H. I. E. L. D. or at least that is what I think helped him, was more resourceful in his fighting and showcased new moves that actually allow him to contend with other superheroes in his respective superhero universe.

There were very few errors, or things that I did not like, about this movie. One of them I slightly already mentioned: The superhero identity of Sam Wilson. For someone who knows the comics, or noticed on the Confidential mission folder that stated “Falcon” (for the brief second of the movie it was showed), the name of Sam Wilson is easily known as Falcon. However, in this movie, they only graze his actual name of Falcon and really never call him by it. My next error I would like to point out, and maybe it’s just me, is discussing the main title of the movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier, the character thereof, was actually only a diminutive part of the whole storyline. Where he was actually in it and a part of it, he wasn’t the center to which the whole movie revolved, just an extra, so to speak. Now some movies do this, have  a title that leaves a bit of mystery, so in that case the title is relatively adequate. I still wish he would still have had a bigger part in the overall storyline.

Alia Smith, senior, also watched saw this movie in the theatres and had a positive view towards it as well. “Overall I thought it was a really fantastic movie” said Smith,  “Overall there were no weak points, I thought, in the movie. It was really good. I would give this movie probably 9.5 out of 10 stars, not the full on 10 stars, but very close.”

Where I do believe there was just one weak point, I do believe that overall the movie was really good and all around a well put together movie.  My overall review of it: I loved it.