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Let's Watch the Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer

Bob "MovieBob" Chipman | 1 Nov 2013 16:00
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By the time it comes out, Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be the third Marvel movie to follow The Avengers, but it'll also be the first among them to feel like a direct continuation of that still-looming genre-reshaping event movie. Partially because this is once again something of an ensemble piece - with Black Widow, Nick Fury, newcomer The Falcon, and S.H.I.E.L.D. itself all accounted for - but mostly because it's another large-scale actioner in a mostly metropolitan setting. Simply put, it looks like The Avengers to a greater degree than Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World did.

It's also, interestingly, the first of the Marvel Universe series to try and change genres between sequels: Captain America: The First Avenger was a deliberately-retro, old-fashioned throwback a'la Indiana Jones; which was appropriate to its World War II setting and Nazi Sorcery bad guys. Winter Soldier is aiming in a totally different direction - a dark, politically-tinged spy thriller in the vein of Three Days of the Condor or the Jason Bourne movies... albeit one that still features flying aircraft carriers, men with bionic arms and a guy dressed like a flag throwing a giant patriotic Frisbee at people. Will it work? It just got a new trailer, so let's watch it.

P.S. If you're wondering why we're doing this instead of the slightly more-recent trailer for X-Men: Days Of Future Past? Basically, because there's just not that much going on in that trailer to pick through other than Hey! Look how many people we got to come back for this!" and brief glimpses of Bishop, Blink, Warpath and Sunspot; all walking reminders that the problem with the X-Men "family" is that there's hundreds of characters but only like twelve of them, on a good day, are good for anything other than a splash-page shot of using their powers. I'm sure it'll be a fine movie, but it was a shame to lose Matthew Vaughn and right now the most concretely interesting thing about this project is that it stars both someone with the first name Booboo and someone with the last name Bingbing.

Anyway...

00:00 - 00:29 - Cap is back working with S.H.I.E.L.D. That feels significant in and of itself, given that The Avengers rather pointedly decided to not work for the Agency. Speaking of which, I wonder what (if anything) the insinuations in this trailer that all is not well with said Agency will mean for the characters on Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., which could well be wrapping up its now-official full first season of episodes either just before or shortly after this comes out? It probably wouldn't change things up too much, since that series is built around a small sub-division that operates pretty independently of the bigger Agency already, but there'd almost have to be some ripple effect, no? Also, assuming the show remains fairly popular/well-watched, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of its characters pop up in the background of this.

More pruriently: Here, Black Widow is trying to set him up, which begs the question: As far as we know, is Captain America still a virgin at this point? That was pretty clearly the case in First Avenger, and it certainly doesn't seem like he's getting out much post-unfreezing.

00:30 - 00:34 - "Is he wearing a parachute?" "No. No he is not." Good line. That's Frank Grillo, and while it's not spelled-out here his character is named Brock Lumlow. In the comics that's the unmasked name of perennial Red Skull henchman (and onetime co-assassin of Captain America) Crossbones. So... yeah, probably a bad guy.

00:40 - 00:52 - Speaking of "probably a bad guy," here's Robert Redford (wow!) as Alexander Pierce, here one of the big shot-callers at S.H.I.E.L.D. If the instantly suspicious "build a better world" speechifying doesn't set your Villain Alarm off, his presence in the plot seems somewhat similar to that of Aleksander Lukin's in the "Death of Captain America" storyline from a few years back. (Spoiler: He got better.) I really, really want there to be a scene in this where he rips off his face to reveal The Red Skull or someone else who might need a fake face... but I feel like Redford might read that as a cheap shot at his famous later-life leatheriness.

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