You can take the captain out of America, but you can’t take the America out of the captain.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” the new Captain America film from Marvel, relies heavily on the plot of “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the first Captain America film, and moviegoers should take the time to see the first film before spending money on the second.
But “The Winter Soldier” is as formulaic as the rest of the Marvel franchise.
With “The First Avenger,” the audience was introduced to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), and his transformation from weak and skinny soldier to superhuman hero.
Captain America fought HYDRA, a scientific subdivision in Nazi Germany during World War II. This time around, after “The Avengers,” he’s in modern day Washington, D.C., but the enemy hasn’t changed.
The film starts with Rogers and a S.H.I.E.L.D. special ops team joined by Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) for a rescue mission. Rogers finds out that she’s there for a different reason — securing S.H.I.E.L.D. intelligence from the enemy.
Afterward, Captain America finds himself wondering who he can trust. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) tells Rogers, “Don’t trust anyone.”
The sequel not only expands what happened while Captain America was frozen in ice for decades, but also allows the story of Captain America to progress.
Like other Marvel films featuring Avenger members, starting with “Iron Man” in 2008, an extra scene is featured after the credits have rolled, and a tease is made about the next movie featuring these heroes.
This film is like its previous installments with the fact that even in a serious environment characters crack jokes that they know will get a laugh in the theater.
That said, if you or your kids enjoy the Marvel series, be sure to see this installment in the franchise. Whether a fan of Marvel or a die-hard fan of Captain America, you will not be disappointed with this film.