Release Date: April 4, 2014

Directors: Anthony RussoJoe Russo

Writers: Christopher MarkusStephen McFeely

Stars: Chris EvansRobert RedfordSebastian StanAnthony Mackie

Trailer Tuesdays are back! Now that my time isn’t devoted to Shocktober and horror movies, I can get back to my normal routine. That routine includes Trailer Tuesdays, Streaming Saturdays, Weekly TV posts and, ah hell, why not some Bond 50 posts as well?

In honor of this week’s release of Thor: The Dark World, this week I’m showcasing the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Thor and Captain America were my least favorite of the MCU Phase I movies but every time I rewatch them, I like them more and more. If they weren’t connected to the Marvel Universe and were just standalone super hero movies, I would probably think they were pretty forgettable. They aren’t standalone movies, though. They have the benefit of being part of an ensemble that proved to play very well together onscreen last year in The Avengers.

That’s what has me most excited for this sequel. Thor and Cap are in the unique position to be going into their sequels with two movies’ worth of development behind them. Judging from the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I think Cap is going to reap the biggest benefits in terms of character development and story.


I read somewhere online that Marvel seems to be approaching Phase II by melding genres and destroying homes. The latter is evident in the destruction of Tony Stark’s home in Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Thor: The Dark World prominently feature a Christopher Eccleston voiceover threatening Asgard. Now we have scenes in the new Captain America trailer showing disaster befalling the Avengers’ helicarrier. It’s an interesting pattern emerging in the movies.

As for the genre melding, Iron Man 3 (to me) felt like a mix between super hero and spy thriller. It was to the point where I really wanted Shane Black to take over Bond 24 if Sam Mendes didn’t return. Thor 2 appears to be a mix of super hero and fantasy movie. And from what I understand, Guardians of the Galaxy will be a super hero/space movie. I’m not that plugged into what’s going on there.

As for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it looks like it will join together the super hero genre and the political thriller. Considering Cap has gone from dutiful (if cheesy) good boy soldier (The First Avenger) to a leader on the battlefield (The Avengers), I think seeing him in this light will be very rewarding.

You can view the trailer below and don’t forget to follow me around the internet with the links below.

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