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‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ excels in character development, plot

Despite the fact that my friends’ hype was probably more than my own, the joy of going to the newest Marvel movie remained for this comic fanatic. As I walked in to Hollywood Theater half an hour early to ensure for a good spot in the the full and waiting theater line with my popcorn and drink in hand, expectations rose in hopes of yet another spectacular superhero movie.

Going once again to see the heroic patriot of Captain America, the second movie starred a wonderful duet created by Black Widow and new side kick Falcon sparked enthusiasm for the film. “Cap” faces new trials through the villain known as the Winter Soldier with a bionic left arm, but the old underlying social community kept alive from the first with the motto, “Cut off a limb, and two more shall take its place. Hail Hydra.” S.H.I.E.L.D. being the start host of this insect-like ideology allows for a questionable safety factor for not only the heroes of the Avengers under the S.H.I.E.L.D. but also all of the agents and the well-being of the country. Unlike the typical new superhero requirement of saving the universe, these new Marvel movies have instead mainly focused on smaller places, namely America. Although this may seem negative because doesn’t seem as important to the audience as the immediacy of saving the universe, this instead has had the opposite reaction for viewers who get tired of the overused generalization and refreshes to a target closer to home and heart.

The character development to watch, however, is not focused as much on the Ol’ Cap, but instead on the beautiful young agent of secrets behind the stage-name of Black Widow herself. Being told in the Avengers movie she used to be an agent for the Soviets, who Hydra was highly associated with, the mystery behind Natalia Romanov intrigues  and consumes one’s interest. The feminist side of this hard-core fighter is brought out by the Steve Rogers many fell in love with in the first film who showed a level of social ineptitude when it came to a thing many guys relate to, talking to women. Romanov soon aids this helpless man, providing comic relief even through difficult times in this movie.

Even with the slow pick up of the movie in the beginning, once it started getting deeper and deeper it came down like a snowball building plot, character development and explanation along the way down the mountainside. Changing small details about the character of the new introduced character may upset the Marvel comic book die-hard fanatics; however, with humor, heartbreak, and the ever-enjoyable heat of war for males growing throughout the film, it was overall a movie worthwhile to see.

By Justin Sutherland

What is your favorite Marvel movie so far? Are there any you look forward to in the near future? Leave your questions and comments below.

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Ronel Ghidey April 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

I’m a huge marvel fan and Captain America is one of my favorite superheroes (after all of the x-men, black panther, Dr. Strange, black widow, Deadpool and a whole lot more) and I enjoyed watching the first movie so I’m really excited to watch this one!

Ashley Tanner April 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

I agree with everything that Justin said. I went to see it this week and I was not let down. The balance of story and action was perfect. What was revealed about each character is making me very excited for The Avengers 2 that comes out next year.

Nicole Schroeder April 10, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I’m so excited to see this movie, and I’ve heard from many that it was a fun and exciting film to watch. I can’t wait to go see the movie– I can feel a Marvel marathon coming soon in the near future.


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