Comic Tavern: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ one of the best summer films

Chris Evans, left, and Scarlett Johansson in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." (Courtesy Marvel Studios/MCT)

Chris Evans, left, and Scarlett Johansson in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” (Courtesy Marvel Studios/MCT)

 

Over the history of superhero genre movies, some have been good and some have been bad. A few have been spectacular and a few have been so awful, I wish they were wiped from memory. In my opinion, “The Avengers” was the best superhero film to date because it was the culmination of several independently great films. The second best film would be “The Dark Knight,” which seemed like it portrayed a reality that almost could unfold in our own world, delving into the deeper, philosophical ideologies of comic mythos. Not to mention, Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as the Joker and Christian Bale’s portrayal as the Batman forever placed them as the characters every actor after them will strive to be.

Coming in third, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is by far the best-written Marvel film to date and if it wasn’t for the cast and what the “Avengers” movie meant, it quite possibly could be the best superhero movie ever. Everything including content, action, character, plot — you name it and the Russo brothers nailed it.

Chris Evans played a perfect Steve Rodgers, almost as if he was lifted from the pages of the comic and placed into the movie. Scarlett Johansson gave an added depth to Black Widow that was not shown before, blowing away her previous two performances as Natasha Romanoff. Plus, Nick Fury [Samuel L. Jackson] is still one of the most badass characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

As for the antagonist, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier gives Loki a run for his money as the best Marvel villain on film. Honestly, until we see Thanos in a film, I don’t know how another villain will be able to top the menacing presence Winter Soldier brought, especially for a guy who had minimal lines. Also, let’s not forget about Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, who went from being a good guy to being a leader of Hydra, attempting to kill almost 70 percent of the world’s population.

I think my only complaint is the same as most people’s, which is that the movie ended. I honestly can’t think of a single complaint at all. “Winter Soldier” has already had a record-breaking opening weekend with $92 million.

As for the always-anticipated Marvel Easter eggs, “Winter Soldier” did not contain a whole lot but the few it did have were pretty big. First, check out the tombstone at the end of the film for an awesome “Pulp Fiction” reference. Second, during a quick panel through on potential targets from the Helicarriers, notice Stark Tower fully renovated as the Avengers Tower. Third, one of the HYDRA Agents, Brock Rumlow, is best known as the mercenary Crossbones who kills Captain America in the comics, possibly setting up for future plot in the MCU. Finally, the biggest Easter egg was when Stephen Strange or Dr. Strange the Sorcerer Supreme got a huge and blatant name drop. Also, if you haven’t seen “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” yet, stay for the post-credits scenes which will introduce the twins Quicksilver and Scarlett Witch. If you have yet to see the film, go do it now. It could possibly be the best of the summer. 

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