April movies find their ‘Captain’

By Pat Quinn

Marvel is going to start off its movie run this year strong with the captivating “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Captain America was frozen at the end of World War II, but has since been thawed. He’s still adjusting to the future. S.H.I.E.L.D. has recruited Captain America to save society and the universe. In “The Winter Soldier,” Steve Rogers (Captain America) must face an old enemy, a member of the Soviet Union who calls himself the Winter Soldier.

Things are about to get very real and this soldier is not going down without a fight. There is an epic highway scene with loads of gunfire and hand-to-hand combat with vehicle and acrobatic maneuvers. The Winter Soldier is coming in hot and looking to turn the star on Rogers’ chest into a target.

Samuel L. Jackson returns as the stern Nick Fury, leader of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Scarlett Johansson as the deadly but sexy Black Widow. These characters will have even more screen time than they did in “The Avengers.”

Back when Chris Evans was cast as Captain America for the first film, I was more than appalled. The fact that Johnny Storm from the “Fantastic Four” was going to play one of the most revolutionary characters in the Marvel universe sparked a fire in every superhero conversation.

I was never more happy to be proven wrong. Captain America is not only a hero; he is a symbol and an icon. Evans came into the first film and was able to translate this character in the most profound way.

They only thing questionable is the S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters. The ship, an exemplary piece of machinery, is not only supposed to be extremely top secret; it also has the highest security and highly trained and intelligent agents. This is the second appearance of the ship, and two out of two times it is falling out of the sky.

“Winter Soldier” is and will be the most anticipated movie this April. With the amount of action and familiar characters the audience will be sure to love the newest Marvel film.