If you are still waiting for a chance to go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, DO IT. Now. Drop work, find a babysitter, cancel dinner plans, go see Cap 2.
Why should you go see it? Well, we are going to spend all week talking about the film, the characters, the easter eggs, and the huge repercussions the film will have on the MCU. So needless to say, there will be SPOILERS. Many, many SPOILERS. All week long, we are talking SPOILERS.
So go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and you can join the rest of the general movie-going public. Cap 2 set the April opening weekend record, pulling in an estimated $96.2 million domestically, which is about $10 million more than the previous record set by Fast Five. CA: TWS is also doing very well internationally with over $207 million earned after 10 days overseas, which tops what the first film made in its entire overseas run. Pretty impressive for a sequel, as the fans of the world clearly came out in droves to see the film.
And why wouldn’t they have? The Winter Soldier was an action-packed, tightly-knit political thriller that served as a sequel to not only Captain America: The First Avenger, but to The Avengers as well, which is something both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World shied away from. It also firmly established Captain America’s presence in the modern day, something we were just starting to see develop in The Avengers.
The Winter Soldier introduced a couple of important characters to the screen with Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, who both managed to steal their scenes. Which is a tough act, considering the cast features Chris Evans back as Cap and Sebastian Stan returning as the titular Winter Soldier, along with Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson as Nick Fury and Black Widow, respectively. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s script masterfully weaved each character perfectly into the story, keeping it from feeling overpacked with characters, and leaving the fans actually wanting more from them.
Throughout the film we are reintroduced to Hydra and a few other villains that we will cover a bit more later on in the week, all brought to us by the direction of Joe and Anthony Russo, who we previously reported would be directing the third Captain America, which we will also take a look at in the later half of the week. Tomorrow we’ll examine just how Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to affect Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now that we know of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dirty little secret, and later on we’ll examine what the events of The Winter Soldier means for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
So be sure to check Geek all week as we take a further look at what some are calling the best Marvel Studios film yet!
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