Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the darkest entries into the Marvel universe so far. As this series has gone along the film have begun to get darker and darker and face bigger threats with bigger consequences, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier manages to be the darkest, most intense and jaw dropping film of the series. Doing this also makes the film one of the best Marvel movies to date, closing in on the standards of The Avengers which is still at my number 1 spot. The more I think about this movie the more I realise that it is certainly one of the best sequels ever made and the best sequel of the Marvel universe.
The action sequences are unbelievably amazing. Who ever choreographed these fight sequences has just stepped it up on a notch over the previous films as they were just unbelievable. The one on one combat was done so incredibly and make my heart race and my palms sweat, but what made them do that more was the larger scale action. Every single moment of action in this film was done with such elegancy and pretty much done to perfect. It's some of the greatest action I've ever seen although I will be watching and hopefully reviewing the Raid soon so this could end up seeming like noting compared to it.
The film doesn't seem to focus as much on the heroes, but more the people in the suits. A major part of the storyline in the film is that Captain America and Black Widow are being hunted down by members of SHIELD which means that they don't have as much access to heroes as they normally would and they aren't dressed up in there outfits as much which isn't a bad thing. The film allowed us to care more about who these people really were and we were able to watch as the conflict happens between Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier, not Captain America because in some instances they're almost like two different characters all together.
The trailer focussed more on the final action scene and didn't show a lot from the other ones. This isn't a negative thing I have about the film, but more a negative thing I have about the trailer for the movie. The trailer really advertises the final action scene and shows a great deal of it which was fairly annoying because by the time I got around to watching that part, I already had a basic idea of what was going to go down. The good thing though was that there were several other action scenes that I was oblivious to what was going to happen and some of them just made my jaw drop. As I said in a previous paragraph they were just incredible.
Just like the first Captain America, it really ties into the next Avengers movie. I was a big fan of the first Captain America, although a bigger fan of this one, but it was essentially a two and a half hour long advertisement for The Avengers. Captain America: The Winter Soldier occasionally becomes an advertisement, but it's done in such a clever way that it hardly feels like it until the film's all over so it really isn't a negative aspect of the film. And just like the film film there's a scene in the credits, or in this case a scene during and after the credits, that teases upcoming Marvel movies so make sure to stay around for those.
To sum up Captain America: The Winter Soldier steps it up from previous Marvel films with bigger action, a darker storyline, focussing more on the people in the suits rather than the suits themselves and one of the most teasing credits scene ever.