Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings the Star-Spangled Avenger out of retirement to clean house at SHIELD.

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” or in this case SHIELD as far as I can tell, and it’s up to Captain America to stop it! Aided by the Black Widow, who ironically began her career as a Russian spy and assassin, and a new ally, the Falcon, the Cap cleans house – but things get tricky when he runs into the Winter Soldier!

The first official trailer for the coming Captain America flick raises some very interesting questions. How much does a helicarrier cost, and who underwrites them? How much did they pay Robert Redford to appear in this thing? Is it just my imagination or is this some kind of pyrotechnic CGI-driven allegory for the creeping influence of the NSA and other government agencies that are insidiously intruding on our personal privacy and freedom? And perhaps most important of all, who is Cap supposed to be fighting in this thing?

Great hero movies, generally speaking, need a great villain. Batman had not just one but two brilliant Jokers; Spider-Man had Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus; Jeff Bridges brought wonderful menace to Iron Man; and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki gave life to both The Avengers and Thor. The Winter Soldier has… the Winter Soldier? I think I’d rather spend 90 minutes watching him fight Batroc.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier hits screens on March 26, 2014.

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