And here we have our first look at the next installment in Marvel's Phase II, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, aka Captain America 2. I know it's weird for a Canadian kid to be saying this, but I've always had a soft spot for Cap. It all goes back to when I got the Captain America Secret Wars action figure when I was a kid, and we were inseparable that summer.
I did enjoy the first film, Captain America: The First Avenger, and I was thrilled that they chose to make it a World War II film. I've always loved superhero period pieces, and since Cap was a product of World War II, it only made sense his first film would be in that era. As is quite obvious, this second film is in the present day, and it's already been described as more of a political thriller than the first film.
It's been 2 years since the Battle of New York (what we call The Avengers), and Captain America now spends his time working with SHIELD, partnered up with the Black Widow. When one of their fellow SHIELD agents is attacked, though, they begin digging into why, and start to uncover a conspiracy that could bring the world to the brink of war. And it all brings them to an elusive assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
Chris Evans, of course, is back as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Rominov/the Black Widow, and Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury. New this time is Anthony Mackie as Captain America's longtime partner, Sam Wilson/the Falcon, Emily Van Camp as Sharon Carter, the great-grand niece of Cap's old girlfriend Peggy Carter, and an accomplished SHIELD agent herself, MMA fighter George St. Pierre as French mercenary Batroc the Leaper, and certified screen legend Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, a member of the World Security Council and a retired SHIELD agent.
This looks good. I'm very intrigued, as we don't get much of a sense of what the evil plot is that our heroes are fighting. It looks like it's very low-key, but then we get those shots of the fleet of Helicarriers rising out of that river, and another Helicarrier crashing, and it just looks very action-filled. I'll be checking it out, cuz, as I said, I'm a sucker for Cap.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits theatres on April 4, 2014.