CAPTAIN AMERICA is back. And, in a welcome turn, he’s landed in Washington.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (a Marvel Studios: Phase 2 production from the House of Mouse) released the film’s first trailer Thursday, and it looks as if Marvel and Mickey have placed everyone’s favorite star-spangled Avenger in good hands.
The trailer kicks off with Captain America (Chris Evans) having a very casual conversation about his dating life, or lack thereof, with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) from inside a S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft. The banter’s lighthearted, yet also serves as a quick reminder that despite helping the Avengers save the world from an alien invasion, Steve Rogers (Cap when not donning the flag gear) is still very much a man out of (his own) time. Next, Cap jumps out of the aircraft without a parachute, to the disbelief of his buddies onboard -- proving that despite not having a fancy iron suit, a mystic hammer or gamma radiation in this blood, he is still a “super soldier.”
Cut to a great view of Washington and all its monuments, with a tone intended to let us know that this the film will aim to be just as much a political thriller as it is a comic-book movie. And in case you needed more convincing that a Marvel movie can be a political thriller, you’re treated to a scene of Captain America (wearing his more up-to-date, cool modern dark-blue suit from the comics) talking with Robert Redford (who plays Alexander Pierce, a S.H.I.E.L.D head honcho). To visually hint at the political intrigue, Redford/Pierce overlooks D.C. from a top-secret office. (Couldn’t get more politically intriguing short of Redford’s having the meeting in a parking garage.)
The dialogue unfurls as such:
Captain America: I joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect people.
Pierce/Redford: Captain, to build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down. And that makes enemies.
[OVERLOOKS Washington, monuments in view for dramatic effect].
You know how the game works. Disorder. War. All it takes is one step.
Cut to Cap talking to Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Captain America: I thought the punishment usually came after the crime.
Fury: S.H.I.E.L.D. protects the world as it is. Not as we’d like it to be.
Captain America: This isn’t freedom. This is fear.
Clearly, Captain America, though always the good soldier ready to follow orders, isn’t agreeing with the lengths that S.H.I.E.L.D. is willing to go to in order to protect the planet. Conflict will apparently ripple between Cap and his superiors. We know Fury can be trusted. But what about Pierce?
After some tense words, we’re then treated to a flurry of action (it is a Marvel movie, after all). We get scenes of Avengers in combat (Cap, Black Widow and our first look at Anthony Mackie as the Falcon). And we get our first look at the Winter Soldier. Despite all of Captain America’s drama with his bosses, let us not forget this movie is “Winter Soldier,” not “Office Squabbles.”
When Marvel Studios first announced that the Captain America sequel would be titled “The Winter Soldier,” many fans cheered. “The Winter Soldier” is based on the Captain America comic-book event (by the same title) written by Ed Brubaker. This Captain America story is primed to be adapted to film.
So how does the Winter Soldier look? Pretty impressive. Not straying too far from his look in the comics, the Winter Soldier is menacing, lethal and a clear equal to Captain America in strength. At trailer’s end, as Captain America runs after the Winter Soldier, our hero tries to make up for lost ground by throwing his shield at him. The Winter Soldier catches the shield with little effort, as if to say: Is that all you’ve got?
We won’t ruin the surprise of the identity of the Winter Soldier (since they made an effort not to mention it in the trailer, although clearly there will be more trailers, and perhaps they will reveal more then). But those who have already read the “Winter Soldier” storyline in the comics know that Captain America should be prepared to have his mind blown.
Quite an impressive first trailer as Marvel continues on with Phase 2, and the march toward “Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015.