The true leader of the Avengers rises

April 9th, 2014

The Captain now has a movie to match his leadership. The newest Avengers’ movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” conveys a strong story and features political commentary on liberty throughout the movie.


The movie focuses on the external and internal conflict that Captain America and Rogers go through after the events of “The Avengers.” Two years after the climcatic battle in “The Avengers”, our hero goes to work for the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, commonly known as S.H.I.E.L.D.


He finds fellow agent Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johanson – the Black Widow – downloading enemy data during a rescue mission.


Then, Rogers’ supervisor, Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is attacked by a group led by the Winter Soldier, the Soviet assassin and title villain of the movie.


The duo of Rogers and Romanoff eventually have to recruit former paratrooper Sam Wilson – also known as The Falcon.


While there are many reasons to praise this movie, the story is the best of them.



The movie has many turning points that transform the movie from a superhero film to a conspiracy thrill ride.


The Winter Soldier’s mysterious presence always looms over Captain America and Black Widow as they try to make sense of the conspiracy against them.


Of all the characters in Marvel’s cinematic universe, the Winter Soldier does the best of living out Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” He is at the center of absolutely amazing fight scenes, all of which look extremely real because they don’t need computer-generated imagery.


If you’re from Cleveland, or just explore the city on a regular basis, you might recognize some of the locations in the movie. The scene where Fury is attacked begins by the Cleveland Public Library and ends on Superior Avenue for the Winter Soldier’s entrance.


Later on, the West Shoreway pops up in one of the most important fight scenes. The Cleveland Museum of Art also gets a lot of screen time.


All of these scenes make for great settings, and will hopefully reappear in future Marvel films.


Along with the setting, the costumes were very realistic. The costumes from older Marvel flicks, like Nick Fury’s outfit, fit the characters very well. The new costumes are just as cool.


The Falcon sports a cool costume, although it doesn’t resemble the costume from the comics.


The Falcon’s costume was probably the best thing about the character. Although he looked pretty cool, he didn’t have as big a role as expected.


No matter what will be said about how strong the story or characters are in this movie, the most interesting aspect of it is the reinforcement of Captain America’s role as the most political hero in the world.


Throughout the movie, the Captain pushes the ideals that he stands for; the ideals America was built on.


No matter how many enemies he fights that stand for opposing ideals, Captain America always stays true to his country and what it stands for.


Captain America opened this past weekend, and is the second to last Avengers related movie. The last movie “Age of Ultron”comes out on May 1, 2015.