Trailer Tuesdays: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It’s getting closer to that time for another Captain America movie. To start off, this trailer looks to have everything that we would want in a comic book movie—and by that I mean violence, explosions, and what looks to be the Helicarrier crashing into the ocean. It survived The Avengers, but it doesn’t look to be surviving this one.

Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Steve becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon and soon encounter an unanticipated and powerful adversary—the Winter Soldier.

Spoilers after the jump.

Kind of like the Thor trailers, this trailer doesn’t show me much. I think it’s more informative than the Thor trailers have been, but I still wouldn’t be able to gleam the plot from it without the synopsis on Wikipedia. But as I said, it’s a comic book movie about Captain America. The movie first and foremost has to look cool, but I would still like to know more about what is going on.

On the whole, I like that we’re going to be seeing more of Black Widow in the movie—since she’s apparently not getting her own feature to star in—though I am sad that she keeps being relegated to a side character. Black Widow strikes me as a very interesting person, so I really wish we could eventually see her in a more leading role. She’s had a bigger role than Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at least.

I also like that this movie is going to introduce the Falcon, a character whom I know next to nothing about. What I do know is that Falcon is the first mainstream African-American superhero, played here by Anthony Mackie. I assume that the studio’s been planning on introducing him into the live-action universe for a while, since he features very prominently in the animated series Avengers Assemble, which I’ve been meaning to watch to learn more about him. Avengers Assemble replaced Marvel’s animated series Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, to be more in line with the live-action movies. In Avengers Assemble, the Falcon is the newest Avengers member, and the story is told mostly from his point of view. Considering that this animated series is supposed to be inline with the live-action universe, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to assume that the Falcon will become an Avenger either sometime during this movie, or during the next Avengers movie.

Another thing that I look forward to in this movie is some building tension between Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D, since he and the organization tend to have conflicting ideals about freedom and what’s right. Though I hesitate to think that the movies are heading in the direction of the Civil War comics, I wouldn’t mind seeing it. For those who are unfamiliar, in Civil War, the heroes become divided over “a legislative bill which [requires] the mandatory registration of any person based in the United States with super powers. The result is a civil war, with Captain America on one side and people like Tony Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D. on the other.

From what I can tell, though there’s building tension between S.H.I.E.L.D and Captain America in this trailer, the movie itself is probably going to focus more on the relationship between Captain America and Winter Soldier. Winter Soldier is actually Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s friend who died in the first film. In the comics, Bucky Barnes ended up preserved in ice like Captain America did; however, Bucky suffered from a severe case of amnesia due to the initial accident. Additionally, he was missing an arm and now utilizes a bionic limb. I sincerely hope the movie doesn’t use the amnesia storyline here, as amnesia not only tends to be a cheap gimmick, but it also tends to never be used properly. I think the most accurate representation of amnesia that I’ve seen in anything is Dory from Finding Nemo.

Regardless, at the very least, I’m really interested to see the Marvel Universe more fully developed in the live-action movies and to learn more about Captain America himself, but 2014 is still so far away. I guess Thor will have to hold me over until then.