The Road To Infinity War Part 9: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Week 9 is here and with it brings arguably one of the best MCU films to date, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The first outing of the Russo Brothers brings an engaging, political thriller that rivals even the best films in that genre. This film would set the bar for the future of comic book movies in general. The acting talent assembled here is top notch, everyone brings forth their best and the engaging storyline brings it all home.
Winter Soldier, next to Avengers, really showcased how the Marvel Universe was indeed a shared universe. Black Widow’s involvement felt more natural here then in Iron Man 2, it worked to service the story as opposed to just cramming it in there. I wasn’t a fan of The Falcon in the comics but absolutely loved Anthony Mackie in the role, his lines and quips are so great and they continue on in future films.
The Winter Soldier himself, Sebastian Stan, really broke free from the first Captain America movie to become a menacing antagonist. Notice I didn’t say villain. His actions, while terrible, were not of his own choosing. Hydra is the true evil and how it has taken over S.H.I.E.L.D. is wonderfully compelling.
The fallout from Winter Soldier continues to reverberate even now, from the movies to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In many ways, the eventual rift that tears apart the Avengers begins with the decisions made here. The Russo Brothers truly made not only a fantastic Marvel movie, but movie in general.
As an added note, this is once again a great movie to see in 3D if you get the chance. The final battle scene with the Hellecarriers really benefits from the 3D.
HOW IT CONNECTS TO INFINITY WAR: during the first post credits scene, the Mind Stone (still encased in Loki’s scepter) is briefly shown when Baron Strucker is talking about “the twins.”