Robert Dominic Ventre II
This past Monday in Los Angeles, California, fans were treated to a screening of Marvel's latest short film, Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King
(beware of spoilers). And while the All Hail the King
was received warmly and includes a surprising twist regarding the Iron Man
film saga, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige elected to thank those in the audience by previewing the first ten minutes of the latest, soon-to-be-released film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU): Captain America: The Winter Soldier
As reported by Slashfilm
, the footage shown includes some Marvel cinematic favorites, such as Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow. Chris Evans returns to his role as Captain America/Steve Rogers, who is still playing his perpetual game of cultural catch-up. At one point, while speaking with fellow soldier Sam Wilson, Rogers busts out "the list": a record of important things he has missed over the intervening decades since being frozen for close to 70 years. We feel it's important to note that at this point, Captain America had viewed Star Wars
and crossed it off his list. One wonders what he might have thought of it (and whether or not he watched the prequels).
The MCU's signature brand of humor-interspersed-with-action is alive and well even in the first few minutes of Winter Soldier
. What follows is a scene many of us are already familiar with from previously-revealed trailers
, wherein Captain America leaps from a helicopter and into the Indian Ocean, sans parachute and shield in tow. Cap then proceeds to beat the snot out of a ship full of terrorist mooks singlehandedly, like the one-man-wrecking-squad that he is. The combat is more visceral and hard-hitting, as everyone's favorite patriotic ass-kicker has had to adapt to the modern world and its many foes.
The snippet of footage was enough to leave fans hungry for more, as Germain Lussier of Slashfilms
"The humor, action and set-up in this first ten minutes were really promising, as was the spy-thriller music. In fact, I’m kind of mad I saw it because I wanted the film to continue. Soon enough though."
The film, set for release on April 4th, promises to introduce audiences to a darker chapter in Captain America's story. Fans of the comics are already aware of how the plot may develop, but those who are coming fresh to the Captain America mythos may be in for a few shocking surprises.
Suffice it to say, Captain America is not as far removed from his old life (or those who were a part of it) as he might think.
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