Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second to last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before they bring down the curtains on Phase II with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As the slate of marvel films go, this is definitely one of the better films. Capt assimilates into modern life while catching up on the last few decades with the help of the internet, by checking off a list including Star Wars / Trek, Apple, Thai food, Moon Landing and I Love Lucy. Cute.
In between catching up on history, he also takes time out to complete missions for S.H.I.E.L.D, and engaging in idle chatter with Black Widow on potential hot dates within the agency. Alas, this isn’t a romantic comedy, and evil lurks just around the corner. As S.H.I.E.L.D prepares to launch 3 new top of the line helicarrier with pre-emptive strike capabilities (think Minority Report’s pre-cogs, except each pre-cog is a fully weaponised helicarrier), able to predict using algorithms when anyone might turn rogue, or pose a threat to the establishment.
With the possibility of S.H.I.E.L.D compromised, the new weapons landing in the wrong hands become a very real possibility. When Nick Fury is taken out, and hands Steve Rogers with the heavy responsibility of finding out the truth, who can he trust? More questions get unearthed as old friends and foes arise. Who is the winter soldier? What forces are hiding behind S.H.I.E.L.D? Where the hell are his Avenger friends when he needs them?
At least 2 of these questions will be answered by the movie’s end.
And as usual, stay back for 2 stingers after the credits roll.
Winter Soldier, Easter Egg!
Remember the scene where Steve Rogers whips out his notebook and we see the list of cultural references he means to catch up on?
Well, this list is different in different countries!
Check this out.
This is the US version with I Love Lucy.
And this is the UK version with Beatles and the 1966 World Cup Sean Connery instead of Steve Jobs.
Apparently, the Korean version of the film has the legendary reference to “Old Boy”.