Has the summer movie season already begun? No, it hasn’t even though “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opens today, April 4. While some big movies have opened the final weekend of April in the past to get a jump on the summer movie season, right now it is just too soon. Big tent pole movies, even one that is part of the Marvel Universe, can open “out of season.” In fact, it may give it a chance to become more successful at the box office and given how great this movie is, that just may happen.
This is the third solo superhero movie since “Marvel’s The Avengers” and it is probably the best one yet since the original “Iron Man” movie. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is now working directly with S.H.I.E.L.D. The problem is that Steve Rogers does not agree with everything S.H.I.E.L.D. is doing and what they have planned. He still feels out of place and not exactly fitting in this new world he is still getting used to. That is not the only problem going on, as inner turmoil is happening within the agency and a new foe, The Winter Soldier, is threatening the Captain and all those around him.
“Captain America: The Winter Solider” works well on so many levels. The approach they took that they made it more of a spy/espionage movie rather than a superhero movie. Our main protagonist in the movie is a superhero, but he gets to a point where he no longer knows who he can trust, including the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). A great mystery must be unraveled and once it is we, the audience, is just as shocked to learn what is going on as the Captain.