Sunday, April 6, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

If I had to pick a spot right now, this is probably number 3 or 4 on my list of favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. Numbers one and two are Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger (please don't make me pick an order) and I can't decide if I like this better than Iron Man 3. My least favorite will probably always be The Incredible Hulk. I mean, it's just of couple of giant green monsters destroying a city. It's not even a unique plotline. Scientist creates dangerous thing, military tries to acquire dangerous thing.

If you haven't seen the movie, do not read past this point. This point right here, at the end of this sentence. I wasn't really expecting to ever see Hydra again. Let alone for them to be running SHIELD. If the good guys are actually the bad guys, then who are the bad guys? Are they actually the good guys? Are there actually any good guys at all (other than the Avengers and the cast of Agents of SHIELD)? For eight movies and one TV series, we've thought we were rooting for the good guys. Turns out the paramilitary clandestine government agency has plans for world domination.

The end result of this movie seems to be that SHIELD no longer exists. That of course, raises the question of how they're going to continue a TV series named Agents of SHIELD. My guess is that it's not going to be totally disbanded, but is going to be restructured and come under closer supervision. It'll probably undergo a lot of organizational changes and maybe even get renamed, but I doubt SHIELD will go away completely. Whatever happens, we'll probably have to watch Agents of SHIELD to find out.

It appears that the Winter Soldier is going to be in the next Captain America movie as well. All the previous villains have been defeated in the course of a single movie (although Loki did sneak back). This guy, on the other hand, is going to be in at least two movies. In fact, if he does remember who he is, he might just join the Avengers. He'll probably help them track down whatever remains of Hydra. Either that, or he'll be defeated in the next Captain America movie. However, that isn't for another two years, so we'll have to wait and see what happens.

I was actually expecting this movie to tie into the Clairvoyant plotline in Agents of SHIELD. I guess I thought the movie would take place between last week's Agents of SHIELD and this week's. The writers probably didn't want to pick up on a plotline that not everyone will have seen. They don't want to make it so you have to watch the TV show to understand the movie. There's also the matter of wasting the movie resolving a plot that could easily be resolved in the next episode. This week's episode will probably pick up where last week's left off. The events of the movie probably won't be mentioned until next week.

I'm glad we got to see more of Natasha Romanoff (aka the Black Widow). She and Hawkeye are the only Avengers not to have their own movie so far. They were both introduced prior to their appearances in The Avengers, but they still lack the same amount of character development as the other heroes. This is the closest Natasha has come to her own movie. She definitely gets more screen time than she did in Iron Man 2. I read somewhere that Marvel has an idea floating around for a Black Widow movie. That would be excellent, providing they didn't recast her. They've recast characters before, and it would be a shame to recast someone just as they're getting their own movie. Thankfully, I haven't heard any talk of doing that, I'm just hoping that they won't.

Apparently, SHIELD tried to copy the Iron Man flight-suit technology. That seems the only explanation for the Falcon's wing-suit/jetpack thing. It's a rather primitive version of the Iron Man technology, but it does get the job done. I can see SHIELD deploying a whole battalion of these guys into combat operations, or using them to insert special forces behind enemy lines. Something that small is bound to be low-observable just by default. It's interesting that they seem to have scrapped the program after one man got shot down.

I had to go home and look up the name of the two new characters from the mid-credits sequence. According to Wikipedia, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch are going to be joining the cast of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I'm interested to see which side they're going to be on. They're probably going to be working for Hydra. Supposedly, in the comics they're good guys, so they might switch sides. I guess we'll have to watch the movie to find out.

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