Winter Soldier challenges quality of Marvel films to come

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(From left) Steve Rodgers, also known as Captain America, played by Chris Evans and Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, are back again in Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Jimmy Graner, Rocket Contributor
April 17, 2014

For those of us who’ve been around for a while, Superman and Batman instantly pop into our minds as heroes. For those who are just joining us, The Avengers are heroes. Either way, each hero comes with their own ability and style of using their superpowers. This time around, it just happens to be Captain America. With the defeat of The Red Skull already under his belt, Captain America faces the unlikelihood of a new villain, someone who may in turn, not be the enemy after all.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) or as everyone knows him, Captain America once again. Trying to pick his life back up where he previously left off, he is made aware of a new project being developed by S.H.I.E.L.D., Project Insight. The basis of the project is to have three helicarriers (fictional aircraft carriers that fly), hover above major cities and connect to spy satellites in order to eliminate enemy threats, at any given time. Both Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Rogers feel the project is somewhat mysterious. After informing Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), a senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official, about his undergoing thoughts to delay the project, Fury is quickly ambushed by multiple assailants as well as the Winter Soldier. Barely surviving the attack, Fury is able to make it to Rodgers’ apartment. While explaining what has happened, Fury is shot and wounded by the Winter Soldier. From here, Rodgers (Captain America) as well as the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), must figure out what S.H.I.E.L.D. is planning and who the masked vigilante, known only as the Winter Soldier, is.

With all of the superhero movies made to date, each have their own big name actors portraying characters so well that it’s almost impossible to believe they truly don’t exist.  Up until now, there have been major changes in roles when it comes to who’s playing whom. For example, we’ve had to endure the change of Spiderman from Tobey Maguire to Andrew Garfield. We’ve also seen Eric Bana to Edward Norton to Mark Ruffalo portrayed as The Incredible Hulk. And don’t even get me started on Batman. With all these changes, we tend to both gain and lose interest in these characters because of the way certain individuals betray them. If there’s one person who was born to play Captain America, it’s definitely Chris Evans. If someone can portray the cocky attitude of one Johnny Storm in “The Fantastic Four” and then completely turn heads and become Captain America, war hero turned American hero, they’ve definitely found their calling.

With all recent Marvel films, CGI has to exist in order to amaze the unlikelihood that one can jump out of a plane without a parachute, take down a jet with nothing but a shield, and perform acrobatic stunts that would have even Bruce Lee feeling jealous. Though most of the time this can be a negative effect, the directors (Anthony and Joe Russo) actually edit it down to where it’s nearly impossible to tell whether it’s CGI or not.

With so much quality, where can the film go wrong? Oh wait, that’s right, Captain America works alone. He doesn’t need any of his friends to come along and help. Yes, I as well as the next person can understand that this is a solo film, having only to do with the title character. But you’d think with a threat and enemy like this, a little back up wouldn’t hurt.

With many Marvel films yet to come, the chances of beating the quality seen here is going to be tough. With every recurring story, comes a new possibility. The overall direction in how it’s presented remains to be the deciding factor.

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