1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Well we finally did it. We made it to our #1 movie. When Captain America: The Winter Soldier was announced all of us Marvel, and especially Captain America fans, lost our minds at the thought of arguably Captain America’s greatest comic book story coming to the screen. We saw a handful of characters from Captain America: The First Avenger return but since it took place in modern day we got a pretty new cast. The cast included Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.
The movie begins two years after The Battle of New York where Steve Rogers works in Washington D.C. for S.H.I.E.L.D. under Director Nick Fury. Rogers and Agent Romanoff are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel that has been hijacked by Georges Batroc and his mercenaries. During the mission Rogers finds Romanoff extracting data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Afterwards Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters, to confront Fury and learn more about Project Insight. Project Insight is three Hellicarriers that are linked to spy satellites, designed to eliminate threats before they happen. When Fury is unable to decrypt the data taken by Romanoff, he becomes suspicious about Project Insight and asks senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce to delay the project.
Fury is on his way to meet up with Agent Hill when he is attacked by mercenaries and the mysterious Winter Soldier. Fury escapes and goes to Rogers apartment to warn him that shield has been compromised. Fury is shot multiple times by the Winter Soldier, before handing Rogers the flash drive with the data from the ship. Fury is taken into surgery, where he is pronounced dead, and Agent Hill recovers the body. The next day, Rogers is summoned by Alexander Pierce to the Triskelion, wanting to know what happened. Rogers withholds the information, which results in Pierce labeling him a fugitive. Rogers is then hunted by the S.T.R.I.K.E. team, but Rogers escapes and meets up with Agent Romanoff. Using the data from the flash drive, they find the location of a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey. Once there they active a supercomputer containing the preserved mind of Arnim Zola. Zola reveals that ever since S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after WWII, Hydra has been secretly infiltrating the ranks, results in global chaos in the hopes of humanity surrendering it’s freedom in exchange for security. Just then a missile attacks the bunker and Rogers and Romanoff barely escape alive, then realizing the Alexander Pierce is the Hydra leader.
Rogers and Romanoff seek out USAF Pararescueman Sam Wilson for help. They then figure out that Agent Jasper Sitwell is a Hydra mole, they interrogate him to divulge that Arnim Zola developed a data-mining algorithm that can identify individuals becoming threats to Hydra. The Project Insight Hellicarriers would sweep the globe of threats and eliminate them with their high powered gunships.Just then Rogers, Romanoff and Wilson are ambushed by the Winter Soldier, who kills Sitwell. AS the fight continues Rogers fights the Winter Soldier only to figure out that it is his old childhood friend Bucky Barnes, who he thought to be dead. It turns out he was captured and experimented on during WWII. Agent Hill manages to save the three and take them to a safe house where they see Director Fury isn’t dead, and has a plan to sabotage the Hellicarriers.
Meanwhile at the Triskelion, the World Security Council has arrived to oversee the Hellicarrier launch, but just then rogers broadcasts Hydra’s plot over the speaker system. Agent Romanoff who is disguised as one of the council members, disarms Alexander Pierce just in time for Nick Fury to arrive and force Pierce to unlock S.H.I.E.L.D.’s database so that Romanoff can leak all Hydra/S.H.I.E.L.D.’s classified information, exposing Hydra. After a scuffle, Fury kills Pierce, while Rogers and Wilson storm two of the Hellicarriers to replace the control chips, but the Winter Soldier attacks destroying Wilson’s falcon suit and fights Rogers on the third ship. Rogers eventually holds him off and replaces the third control chip, allowing Maria Hill to take control and makes the Hellicarrier’s shoot each other down. Rogers refuses to fight the Winter Soldier hoping to reach his friend Bucky, but when the carrier collides with the Triskelion its throws Rogers into the Potomac River. The Winter Soldier rescues the unconscious Captain America from the water and then disappears into the woods. With S.H.I.E.L.D. in shambles, Romanoff appears before a Senate subcommittee to discuss the future, while Fury heads to Eastern Europe to pursue other Hydra cells. Rogers and Wilson decide to pursue the Winter Soldier while Agent Rumlow, who was a double agent of Hydra, is rushed to the ER with severe burns from the Triskelion destruction. In a mid-credits scene, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, at a Hydra lab, proclaims that the “age of miracles” has begun as scientists examine an energy-filled scepter and two test subjects: one with superhuman speed, the other with telekinetic powers. In a post-credits scene, the Winter Soldier visits a Bucky memorial at the Smithsonian Institution.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is one of the best, if not the best, comic book movies to ever be made. It is a political spy thriller, thrown into a comic book world, while still making it almost feel like this is happening in the real world. This was the Russo Brothers first MCU movie and clearly from the reaction of this movie, there is a reason why moving forward they go to direct the big name Marvel movies. Everything about this movie is awesome from beginning to end. It stayed close to the source material from the comic books while taking certain elements and changing them for the MCU but still keeping the story the same.
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