I have had to spend the last week watching what I read on the internet, because I didn’t get to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier until Saturday night, when B and I headed to the drive-in on a gorgeous evening for a double feature with CA2 and Need for Speed (which was not terrible, btw).
Captain America has never been my favorite super hero. I enjoyed the first CA movie, but it felt fairly generic, nothing new and fresh that we hadn’t seen before.
This movie sold me on Captain America. In the modern world, with excellent supporting characters (FALCON!!), Steve Rogers is a compelling hero. The movie was exciting, with tons of well-choreographed action sequences, but smart, too, with plot twists and turns worthy of a spy thriller.
I actually went into the movie already knowing the Winter Soldier’s identity, so I can’t really say how well that reveal was done (I thought it was great), but there were plenty of other great moments for fans.
For example, let’s talk about the FREAKING MID-CREDIT SCENE. (Spoilers ahead)
I was squealing aloud as we got our first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch (this is why I sit in my car instead of going to an actual movie theater). Their powers and character design look pretty cool–quite frankly, just from this brief glimpse I prefer this version of Quicksilver to the one that’s been teased for Days of Future Past.
It seems that Baron von Strucker has the siblings (here “twins”) in containment. He indicates that HYDRA has been experimenting on them, resulting in their powers–they cannot be “mutants” here due to the fact that Fox retains cinema rights to the X-Men. So we can assume that when we see them next in Avengers2, they will not be starting out on the same side as the Avengers.
Scarlet Witch has always been one of my favorite Avengers–it will be interesting to see what they do with her romantic relationships, if anything, because she seems to me to be a little younger than her counterparts, specifically the actors playing Hawkeye and Vision.
Overall, The Winter Soldier is right up there with Iron Man1 and Avengers1 in my list of favorite Marvel movies. Also, I’m several episodes behind on Agents of SHIELD, so I really need to catch up and see where it’s headed now!
And please please please can we get Falcon in an Avengers movie??