Comic Vine Review


Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review


This movie is exactly what you'll want from a Captain America movie.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest film from Marvel Studios. With so many installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our expectations have reached a certain level. While many have loved those movies, there seems to always be some complaints or criticisms over the plot (or a lack of certain elements) and too much humor. This movie goes above and beyond what we would expect or want in the next installment.

A minor thing you may have noticed within each movie is they don’t pick up immediately from where the previous movie left off. Time has passed since the first Captain America movie as well as The Avengers. Steve Rogers is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and there’s a great sense of him simply throwing himself into his new role. As a man out of time, his focus is on fighting the good fight. Despite Black Widow’s encouragement for Steve to try to go out and unwind, being Captain America is all he really knows and wants.

No Caption Provided

That being said, we see much more to these characters than the simple superhero persona. A huge element of the movie is an issue of trust. We know that with government agencies like S.H.I.E.L.D., there is always something going on. Despite being isolated in his role of a protector and hero, we do get to see who Steve Rogers is. The same goes for Black Widow as well as Falcon, who is introduced in this movie. This aspect makes the characters feel more alive instead of having a big action movie with less substance. The returning characters here have been allowed to grow since we've last seen them.

With a callback to 70s spy thrillers, directors Joe and Anthony Russo give us a movie that doesn’t really feel like just another Marvel Studios movie. The movie is very driven by the plot with nice twists and turns. Some of those twists will be obvious to readers of the comics. But there will still be enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

No Caption Provided

If you’re looking for action, you will find plenty here. It may not be the destruction of New York City at the hands of the Chitauri and Loki, but you will be amazed at what the filmmakers accomplished. There is so much to see in a wide variety of fight scenes. We are talking about Captain America. He’s a guy with the Super Soldier Serum running through his veins. You should be happy to know that we’ll get to see what makes Cap so super along with Black Widow, Falcon, and even Nick Fury.

Of course Winter Soldier gives plenty of conflict for the characters. Too often the villains in the Marvel Studios films end up being a little two dimensional. We know the struggle that Winter Soldier will have to face along with the ferocity he’s capable of. You can also assume he will not be the only antagonist our heroes will have to deal with.

No Caption Provided

As I mentioned, this isn’t just another Marvel Studios film. It’s a movie that will have a big impact on the landscape of the Cinematic Universe. Don’t expect a simple campy Cap movie struggling to find his way in modern times. This is heavy at times with some rich character development that makes you immediately crave more. There is some humor but it’s not as extreme as in some of the other movies.

Thinking back to the first movie, I liked this movie so much more than the first, which I did enjoy. How often can it be said that a sequel is better than the first? This movie simply feels bigger and deeper with more going on. Marvel Studios is building up their reputation with each movie they release. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I now have a favorite Marvel Studios movie. This is the movie that makes me happy and proud that I've been a Cap fan for so long. I cannot wait to see it again.

150 CommentsRefresh
Avatar image for Feartheliving
Edited By FearTheLiving

Love how Cap is getting all this praise he's an awesome character and deserves it.

Avatar image for kal_smahboi
Posted By Kal'smahboi

Sweet, I'm pumped! Probably see it the second weekend.

Avatar image for sparty_dbq
Posted By sparty-dbq

Is it Friday yet?

Avatar image for the_stegman
Edited By The Stegman

You guys need to stop saying how good this movie is, it's making me impatient for Friday.

Avatar image for liveforever
Posted By LiveForever


I haven't heard many bad things, which is so encouraging. Marvel Studios is killing it!!

Avatar image for fallschirmjager
Posted By Fallschirmjager
Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Edited By Jonny_Anonymous

Amazing film, best superhero movie I've seen.

Avatar image for veshark
Posted By Veshark

You know, the more I think about this movie...the more I like it. I was a little iffy coming straight out the theaters, but after a week to soak it in, hmm...

Avatar image for comicbookfan93
Posted By comicbookfan93

This is one of the best Marvel films I'd say second to only the avengers

Avatar image for swagner017
Posted By SWagner017

I got the chance to see the movie while abroad recently and I have to agree with this review. I enjoyed this movie a lot more than some of the more recent Marvel movies which felt like they were lacking in one way or another.

Avatar image for cap10nate
Posted By Cap10nate

I'm thinking of taking Friday off of work and going to the first showing of the day because I don't have time to see it this weekend. Don't want to wait until next weekend to see it either.

Avatar image for allaithalsaleh
Edited By AllaithAlsaleh

I wish I was Living in europe there they have the movie released since one week but I'm very excited to see if Cap and widow are gonna hook up depending on the spoiler images they look deeply in love I wish that's true.

Avatar image for mrgreenlantern
Posted By Mrgreenlantern

Good year to be a fan of comicbook films

Avatar image for manneffest
Posted By MannEffest

No more… I'm ready for this movie to come NOW. Like MARVEL NOW. Bring it on Marvel...

No Caption Provided

Avatar image for supremehyperion
Posted By SupremeHyperion

really getting ready to see this.

Avatar image for thecheesestabber
Edited By TheCheeseStabber


This movie is exactly what you'll want from a Captain America movie.

So you're saying WolfCap is in it :O?

No Caption Provided

Avatar image for pyrogram
Posted By Pyrogram

This was really good, gotta say.

Avatar image for monsterstomp
Posted By MonsterStomp

Wait... The film is released on Friday in America? Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahohohohohhohoho

*wipes a tear*

Avatar image for thecupcakeavenger
Posted By TheCupcakeAvenger

Have saw it twice already. Going again tomorrow and hopefully Saturday. My favourite Marvel Studios film. Can't believe I prefer it over Avengers but I really think it's that good. And the after credits scenes are great too. Can't recommend it enough.

Avatar image for mucklefluga
Posted By Mucklefluga

Loved the film!

Avatar image for rogueshadow
Posted By rogueshadow

It was awesome.

Avatar image for godofmischief
Posted By GodOfMischief

I've seen it twice over here in the UK. Easily the best MCU film to date.

Avatar image for jonny_anonymous
Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

Better than Avengers, easy.

Avatar image for soldierofel
Posted By soldierofel

Just came back from the cinema and I absolutely loved it. Easily my favourite marvel film. Chris Evans is really getting into the character now. Plus so many references to different projects and a after credits scene that really was just awesome.

Avatar image for the_scourge
Posted By The_Scourge

Saw it last twice last week and still feel like I gotta see it a couple more times! Possibly the best Marvel movie to date

Avatar image for dcwarfan73
Posted By DCWarFan73

Cannot wait to see it - hopefully we'll have babysitter for Sunday matinee.

Avatar image for shallbecomeabattoo
Posted By Shallbecomeabattoo

Cannot believe that people still say "how many sequels are better than the first movie?". Today, most sequels are better or at least as good as the sequel.

Anyway, Winter Soldier was great. Saw it two weeks ago, since its out in Germany already. Loved it. Best Marvel film thus far and finally a phase two movie thats not a campy comedy fest, but a real hero story.

Avatar image for farkam
Posted By Farkam

Looking forward to this.

Avatar image for murderpool
Posted By murderpool

@g_man any post credits fun?

Avatar image for stmichalofwilson
Edited By StMichalofWilson


Avatar image for jayc1324
Posted By jayc1324

Not only a very good superhero movie but a very good movie on its own.

Avatar image for wolverine008
Posted By Wolverine008

@farkam said:

Looking forward to this.

No Caption Provided

Avatar image for Mandrewgora
Posted By Mandrewgora

Oh man its out on the 4th? where have I been... Very excited to see it.

Avatar image for manwhohaseverything
Posted By Manwhohaseverything

The Cap deserves this. His first film , IMHO, was a bit under-rated, and deserved more love than it got. (not saying it was hated.) This one, so far, everyone seems to at least like, and some love.

Avatar image for hassun
Edited By Hassun

Went to see this film earlier.

The CGI can be spotty at times on the character animation and I still do not like Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow but on the whole this is a very competent and well-made film with plenty of references to the comic books for the fans.

If you want an elevator pitch on this film:

The Edward Snowden saga told in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avatar image for nerd_of_a_hero
Posted By Nerd Of A Hero

For a minute here I thought it was another april fool's joke lol. I'm not hardcore fan but that doesn't mean that I hate him or anything and I want to see him in action. I'll be looking forward to this.

Avatar image for fenderxx
Posted By Fenderxx

Woot !, Cant wait for thursday, Midnight premiere for the win !

Avatar image for leokearon
Posted By leokearon

A Great movie and don't forget to watch the mid credit scene (I couldn't b bothered to watch the after credit scene)

Avatar image for gmanfromheck
Edited By gmanfromheck

@murderpool: There's a mid-credit and after the credits scene. Stay for both.

Anyone that's seen them, DO NOT SPOIL or even spoiler tag them. Even if they've been spoiled elsewhere.

Avatar image for judasnixon
Edited By judasnixon
No Caption Provided

Avatar image for wolverine008
Posted By Wolverine008

The Cap deserves this. His first film , IMHO, was a bit under-rated, and deserved more love than it got. (not saying it was hated.) This one, so far, everyone seems to at least like, and some love.

Definitely agree with you here man.

Avatar image for lone_wolf_and_cub
Posted By Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Can't wait for this!

Avatar image for viin
Edited By viin

Hopefully this review is just here and there with the marvel movies and I wanna say iron man 3 got a 5/5 which is far from what it should of been. And i dont think the avengers should of been 5/5 either.

Avatar image for captain13
Edited By Captain13

This is the best superhero film I've seen since the Dark Knight. It's SO good.

I'd rank them:

1. Dark Knight

2. Winter Soldier

3. Batman Begins/Avengers

I'm happy to see my favorite Avenger get so much love.

Avatar image for rustyroy
Posted By RustyRoy

@farkam said:

Looking forward to this.

Avatar image for doomguy
Posted By DoomGuy

Cap has always been one of my favorites.. The first movie was just meh.. Not bad, but not very good... I'm really excited about this one.

Avatar image for roadblock
Posted By Roadblock

A masterpiece, got me veeery excited for the future of MCU.