Captain America: The Winter Soldier, created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee: a Film Review


Two years have passed since the battle of New York.  As the world continues to rebuild and deal with the aftermath of the alien invasion, and the knowledge of the superheroes in their midst, Steve Rogers (alias Captain America) has moved to Washington D.C. to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., a counterintelligence and espionage agency.  He is beginning to adjust to modern life and works alongside Agent Natasha Romanoff (alias Black Widow).

During a mission with the S.T.R.I.K.E. team (S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism team) to free a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship from pirates Steve realizes he is in the dark about several of the other sides of what is going on in within the agency he is working for.

When he is finally briefed on Project Insight, a program to be used to preemptively eliminate threats before they become issues, things go from bad to worse.  Director Fury is attacked by an assassin called the Winter Solder.  He is able to warn Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised by outside forces but it isn’t until Rogers, Romanoff and a new friend, Sam Wilson (alias Falcon) are attacked but the same assassin that killed Director Fury that they begin to put the pieces together on who is behind the attacks.

Will they be able to save the day?  Or will the Winter Soldier…and the team behind him… succeed in their mission to create the ultimate preemptive weapon…eliminating any and all possible threats to themselves and world domination?

General Information:

-Genre: Superhero, War Film, Spy/Espionage

-Creator: created by Marvel Cinematic Studios, based on characters created by Stan Lee

-Length: 136 minutes

-Rating: PG-13 (for moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol use, moderate frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson

-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book

Review (contains spoilers):

This is one of my favorites of the MCU films.  It introduces some great characters, we get to see more of HYDRA, what happened to our beloved Bucky Barnes…and we really get to see more of Captain America and how he functions in the modern world.

Between the betrayals, the writing, and the great cinematography this ends up being a wonderful spy and espionage film with all the little working parts getting revealed at just the right moments, from Fury being alive, to the fact that Natasha has other secret missions that are on a need-to-know basis…and sometimes Cap just doesn’t need to know.

I’ve always loved the world of Captain America.  The historical feel of the first film is right up my alley, as was the feel and look of Agent Carter.  This one is definitely modernized but fits into the whole line up of Captain America films.  It has all of the truth and honor that the Captain is constantly fighting for with all of the “war film” feels of the first…even though they aren’t exactly in a war at the moment.

Just a great movie from start to finish and one I rewatch quite often.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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