My friends know this about me but I do not believe I have shared this information with you: I am an uber fan of Wolverine. No I did not jump on the “I love Wolverine!” bandwagon. I have been a fan of his since the cartoon series that came out in the early 90’s. It was that show that drew me into comics along with all the other shows from that time: Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Superman, and Batman. However, I am rapidly turning into a Captain America fan. It’s not that I didn’t like the character but he did not pull me in like Wolverine did. But these movies are really causing me to look back and read the comics associated with him specifically. Now, let’s dive in to The Winter Soldier.
The hardest thing that Cap has to deal with is how the world has changed. Back in WWII there was a clear enemy and you knew pretty well who your allies were. Today, however, it is not so clear cut. And he is not only struggling with his surroundings but also with the ranks of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. Trust is his main issue with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fury. But Fury tries to explain that they have “…to deal with the world as it is not as they would like it to be.” But the world is not entirely as either of them believes it to be.
First thing I want to point out about this movie is that we get S.H.I.E.L.D.’s old enemy back. That is right boys and girls, HAIL HYDRA! It is actually pretty sneaky how they did it to (unless you are a Clever Dick and had already deduced it). Honestly, we had to know they would come back but they did it by infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D.! This alone is the primary conflict of the movie though it is not apparent from the start (like I said, sneaky). And it is not just a select few agents that are compromised but, by my calculations, more than HALF of S.H.I.E.L.D.! They don’t reveal their hand until after they take out Fury and send the Winter Soldier to terminate Captain America.
Second thing I like about this movie is we get to see yet another addition to The Avengers… I mean S.H.I.E.L.D. You may have seen the trailers but they really do not do any justice for Falcon. At first it seems just a chance encounter between the Captain and him but when the fit hits the shan he becomes an invaluable asset to Cap and Widow. That also brings up the relationship between those two. Widow and Cap seem to be the go-to agents for any cleaning up that needs to be done. The three of them, complimented by Agent Hill, are the only thing left to stop Hydra.
The Third and final thing I like: I don’t know how many of you have been keeping up with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but there is some tie-in to the show and movies. This is one of the reasons I love Marvel Studios most is because everything comes full circle. There have been a lot of odd things going on with that show and for a while I could not see where they were going with it but now it is oh so obvious what was going on. In the show this past Tuesday we discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised but it seemed like they were going to use some other yet-to-be-mentioned villainous group. Nope. As I was telling friends my number one complaint about the show was that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s biggest enemy and threat to safety is Hydra but how could they bring them in since what happen to Red Skull in the first Captain America movie. Well, ‘Ask and you shall receive.’ I am really looking forward to next Tuesday episode now.
Much like Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Captain America is trying to tie up any possibility of the story being continued but it can’t be further from the truth. Tony Stark throws his mini Arc Reactor into the ocean, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been disbanded (Yes, you read that right), and Thor has basically been shut out of Asgard (or given it up depending on how you look at it). What will happen next? Let me tell you…
There are a couple of things that I should make note of in this review, which is what is really going to make the next several months leading up to Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron painful for us all. First, there was a name drop in this movie that made me real excited. What name? Does Steve Strange do anything for ya? And the second, you see this in the first additional bit in the credits run (yes there are two of them, thank you Whedon for starting this trend). There is a holding cell containing “The Twins” as they are called in the movie. The male is trying to run out of his cell and you see streaks of silver in his wake as he moves, the other a woman is playing with wooden blocks making them float in front of her with wisps of scarlet tendrils around them before destroying them… now, you share my pain and excitement. See you at the movies.