The Cap is back in this sequel to the 2011 hit, Captain America: The First Avenger.
Chris Evans doing what he does best as Steve Rogers, who is paired up with Johansson’s Black Widow as a duo to not to be messed with. Although one cannot help but feel that the Widow’s sole goal throughout this movie is to set the Cap up on a date with her rattling through suggestions of suitable candidates as they beat up the bad guys around them.
The storyline focuses as much on Samuel L Jackson’s Nick Fury with support from his right hand woman, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) as it does on Rogers’ ongoing attempts to fit into modern life. It is underlined from his meeting with fellow (modern) ex-solder, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) that whilst time has marched on war and conflict still affects those on the front line greatly. Robert Redford as senior S.H.I.E.L.D official, Alexander Pierce and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Solder ties the various strands neatly together. We also see the birth of Wilson’s Falcon in a brilliantly updated wing suit. There have been some complaints that the Falcon’s updated look does not cut it with the original but I find it a lot more realistic bearing in mind this suit has arisen as the result of military research and development. Same goes with the Winter Soldiers’ look, whilst at times not looking out of place in an anime, was suitably malevolent and powerful.
As can be expected from a Marvel movie, the action sequences and effects look seamless with good pacing throughout. With a strong storyline, cracking action sequences and contemplative quieter moments this is one of the top movies set in the Marvel universe to date with a focus on the plot as much as the action.
Also, as is tradition, hang about for the credits as there are not one, but two credit sequences to watch out for.