A post-Avengers Cap is much more acclimatized to the new era he finds himself in with a lot of catching up to do as you might imagine! He's still coming to grips with loved ones he hasn't seen for many years, and finds himself at odds with the New American century where in his new role as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. he is uncomfortable with the modern era's tactics for security.
When Nick Fury is attacked and S.H.I.E.L.D. is found to be seriously compromised from within, Captain America finds himself alone and on the run as a suspect, hunted down by his country's own national security. With no support other than from Black Widow and with Nick Fury gone, the two of them head out to uncover just who is behind the subterfuge of using America's own spying agency in order to control the country. But in their way stands a mysterious man with a metallic arm who is just as strong as Captain America, and what could be the return of a militant organization all the way back from Cap's past.
The Winter Soldier story takes on current themes with regards to American policy of surveillance and spying that have caused immense controversy around the globe and even implicated Canada and other foreign nations that are found to be using such systems for more illegal activity than just issues of national security. With this in mind, the story is still very much involved with Steve Rogers and his perspective on what constitutes freedom and the American way as he believes it to stand for.
Everyone gets some playtime from Nick Fury to Black Widow and even the introduction of a new character best saved for the film. We learn more about Fury's background and well as Black Widow's and the mysterious new villain known as the Winter Soldier is also strongly tied to Cap's past; fans of the comic books will already know who he is.
There's not much that can be criticized for in this film outing. It's solid from start to finish with a pretty good plot and good action sequences. Definitely ranking as one of the better Marvel films. I watched it in 3-D and it's not bad for a conversion, but you're wouldn't be missing much without it. Exciting things are once again lying in store once the credits hit, both mid-way through and at the very end.
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