One of the most structured movie studios over the last five or so years has been Marvel, which has managed to put together a good string of quality super hero movies. One of these movies was the first Captain America. Considering the sequel looks fantastic and has been getting high marks online, is it possible that it might surpass the original that will allow further setup for the second Avengers movie?
Unlike the first movie, the sequel to Captain America entitled The Winter Soldier is set in the modern world. As such, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) continues to seek his place in the world while he battles another super soldier, the Soviet nemesis known as the Winter Soldier.
Captain America was a solid movie; however, it was different than your average superhero movie as it had a deep focus on the history of World War II. It was interesting, but at the same time bizarre when the studio decided utilizing Nazis in the movie was too controversial, despite the fact that it was set during the 1940s. Nevertheless, the movie did create something most of these movies don’t do — a solid back story.
At the same time though, it was through this back story that disrupted the flow of the movie. In other words, it had a tendency to drag far longer than it should have. Having said that, the original Captain America did successfully execute a solid climax that led to the first Avengers movie, which leads one to believe that the sequel will carry the momentum and surpass previous Marvel movies.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn’t have that dragged out feeling from the trailer. While there most likely is a contemplative beginning as Rogers figures out his place in the aftermath of The Avengers by consulting with Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) like Iron Man 3 did, the plot most likely gets set into motion early on as we see the development and back story of the Winter Soldier.
As a result, this sequel promises to deliver superhero fans loads of high-octane action sequences in conjunction with a blunt narrative. Much like most adversaries in these films, Rogers aptly finds himself in an old-fashioned game of cat and mouse with his new nemesis, an enemy that seems impossible to defeat with super speed, strength and a dangerous metal arm that diminishes the value in Captain America’s trusty shield.
This of course is the great thing about superhero movies. The hero seems to have the power to take on all comers, but with a villain who not only strikes the innocent citizens of the world but the hero’s leader Nick Fury, the audience is left with a feeling of doubt, even if in reality they know the hero will overcome adversity.
The movie not only looks great though. Many critics have already been screened the flick that opens April 4 in theaters everywhere, and as a result it already has a 91 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Will this sequel be a Dark Knight and turn the superhero genre on its head? Absolutely not. However, considering this sequel not only furthers the story of the first movie as well as The Avengers in addition to promising a straight to the point narrative that’s bigger and better, it’s very possible for the sequel to Captain America to surpass expectations critically and financially over the original.
Opinion by Simon Mounsey