The Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

| April 14, 2019

For better or worse, a generation is now growing up with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and whatever that says about the direction of Western Civilization will be left to history depending largely on who writes it.  Avengers: Endgame brings the hammer down on this series on April 27th, so for the next few weeks I am going to take a look back at the films that have built a massive phenomenon.  Are they any good?  Let’s take a look . . .

Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

There are a great many things that you carry with you in your mind when Captain America: The Winter Soldier is over, which is more than you can’t say about a lot of these movies.  The most important, I think, is that it is a true sequel.  The follow-up to Captain America: The First Avenger could easily have been a hack-strung fish-out-of-water story poking around at Steve’s disorientation of being flung head-first into the 21st century.  But this is a movie with much more important matters on its mind.

For one thing, it continues a patterns begun in First Avenger in that Hitler was a threat to global peace during World War II, while the world was distracted from the secret machinations of a underground organization called Hydra that was taking over the world by infiltrating everything from the most rudimentary aspects of everyday life right up to the leadership housed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

What is intriguing is that this idea is slow to build.  Yes, Cap knows that Hydra was a problem but having been propelled forward 70s years, he is shocked to see that it’s tendrils are still at work in the new millennium – and are working their way through the upper echelons of S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.  That’s a fascinating angle, and one that ebbs very close to the comic book esthetic.  This is a very well-paced movie.  Yes, it has a smash and bash ending, but the awakening of the machinations of Hydra make it unexpected and, in many ways, kind of creepy.  I haven’t used that work about a Marvel movie before or since.

About the Author:

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.
Filed in: Uncategorized