Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Derrick said everything I possibly could about this movie, and I had no disagreements with him. Further, this movie went a long way, as did the first in the franchise, to display why Captain America–specifically, Steve Rogers–is my all-time favorite super-hero, and the greatest super-hero in any universe, bar none (sorry, Batman). He represents what America is really supposed to represent. Hint: Not simply anything and everything the government does and says.

The Captain expects the government and its various agencies to adhere to the values it purports to represent, and turns against the burgeoning military-industrial-security madness in the name of “safety” but at the expense of freedom that we see going on here in the real world when it goes too far in his world.

Captain America is a metaphor for America at its finest, a soldier for the values of liberty, not the values of big business, the military machine, and every other agency that serves the interests of the 1% off the backs of everyone else.

I should finally mention that one of the greatest things about the awesome crossover-centric nature of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is how the game-changing events in this film regarding S.H.I.E.L.D. carried over into the terrific TV series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” effectively rescuing the second half of Season 1 from a good-if-lukewarm first half and setting the stage for a truly great Season 2. This extended storyline culminated in a major guest appearance by Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury that directly tied into this movie, made sure that absolutely nothing about the second half of Season 1 was in any way predictable.

The Ferguson Theater

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2014

Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

Produced by Kevin Feige

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Based on “Captain America” created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

I think that the thing I take away from seeing CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER besides my admiration for the excellent acting performances and the complicated yet meticulously laid out plot is that the talent involved in the crafting of the Marvel Cinematic Universe respect their characters. You can’t mistake an Iron Man movie for a Thor movie or a Captain America movie. Each of these characters have their own worlds inside of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and we should be rightly exploring each of those worlds in the solo movies featuring these characters. And so with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTERSOLDIER we get a story concerned the role of espionage organizations and what their ethics…

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