The Good And Bad Of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Every movie has its problems. The latest entry in the MCU, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, just opened in US theaters on Friday. The movie had lots of twists and turns, and had a lot of great moments. But there were some bad in there too. What are the pros and cons? Hit the jump...

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By TheAbaryMan369 - 4/6/2014
Yesterday I finally saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This was my most anticipated movie of the year (possibly second, tough choice between this and Guardians of the Galaxy). But did it live up to expectations? There were tons of bad qualities and good qualities in this movie, just like every other movie. I mean, nothing can be perfect. So where does this movie shine and where does it fail? I will try to leave as little spoilers as possible, but if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to go in knowing absolutely nothing about it, I'd suggest passing on this article until after you see the movie. Otherwise, let's get started...
The Bad
 

The Falcon Was Terribly Underused And Should Have Been Cut Altogether

I really thought Falcon would steal the show for me. Hulk stole the show in Avengers, Loki stole the show in The Dark World, and, well, practically everyone sucked in Iron Man 3… But in The Winter Soldier, I felt that everyone had their good and bad moments, and Falcon was one of those characters that had no good moments. There were a few little chuckles here and there from the audience, but he wasn’t as good as he was made out to be. He served no point in the plot. He was just that weird guy Cap met out of nowhere and then all of a sudden they became super buddies. He had a few cool scenes, I will admit that. But I’m one of those guys that doesn’t care about amazing action scenes if there’s no plot behind it. Falcon was there as a crowd pleaser, and really should have either been cut from the movie or given more time to expand his character.

 Characters Just Leaving For Half The Movie Only To Be Re-Introduced Later On

A lot of movies have done this before, especially MCU movies like Iron Man 3, but the thing that annoys me the most with this movie is the gosh darn stupid decision to introduce a new character to the movie and then just forget about them for half the movie. I saw Winter Soldier for the first time, and by his second appearance I was like “Oh there you are Bucky, I though you died since you were gone for so long.” They introduced Falcon in the opening scene, and then forgot about him for a while, then forgot about him for another while, and then eventually I forgot he was even in the movie. Even Black Widow; she was introduced as this annoying sidekick character that kept setting Cap up on a date and then we forgot about her for a while until she came back all like “Oh hey I know who Winter Soldier is all of a sudden!” Alexander Pierce was introduced and then forgot about for a while, then was used in just another scene or two before becoming a huge part of the climax. This is one of those moments where you can’t for the life of you express in words. It just sits in your mind bouncing around on the walls and going all crazy, but you can’t let it out. Even though other movies did this, there’s just something about this movie where the frequent re-introducing of characters really got on my nerves.
 
The Winter Soldier Was Hardly In The Movie
 

If there’s one thing I look for most in movies is C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T. I was looking forward to seeing Winter Soldier go from mindless robot to recovering his memory and being Cap’s friend. I loved the final fight between them, but it could have been more. Cap cared that it was Bucky under that mask, but really, not as much as we expected. I wanted the whole movie to be about Cap’s journey to find the Winter Soldier. It looks like that is what will be going on in Age of Ultron, but I wanted to see that here in this movie. In Winter Soldier’s movie. Cap was focusing on himself escaping from S.H.I.E.L.D., and that is pretty much all the plot was. Just focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D., when it should have been on Cap adjusting to the 21st century, only to find out that there is still a piece of his past wondering around. The Winter Soldier was supposed to make a big impact on Cap’s life. They needed to expand on that, but unfortunately they didn’t. Hopefully in Age of Ultron or Captain America 3 we will see more of the Winter Soldier.
 
Many Characters Didn’t Get Their Big Break

I was hoping to see the likes of Nick Fury, Falcon, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, Sharon Carter, and most importantly, Captain America, finally get to kick some serious ass. But sadly, most of them were wasted. Fury had a good scene at the beginning right? WRONG. It was a boring scene where he started complaining inside a bulletproof vehicle and then started shooting some cops then drove away then got attacked by Winter Soldier. Then a spoilerific scene happened, then he didn’t do another thing at all until the end, where all he did was talk and show us his hideous looking eye. Sharon Carter was another character I was hoping to see kick butt. SHE WAS NEVER EVEN CALLED SHARON CARTER IN THE MOVIE!!! Just dumb ol’ Agent 13 that is there just for the sake of being there. I already complained about Falcon and Winter Soldier before so, yeah, not gonna talk about them. Then there’s Crossbones, Pierce, the World Security Council, other S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents like Jasper Sitwell and Maria Hill, and practically everyone else in the movie. Then there are characters like Widow and Cap. Widow had a big part in the movie, but it felt like she was just there for the sake of being there! There was this great scene where I thought “Oh boy they’re gonna reveal stuff from her past!!! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!” But then they didn’t reveal anything and I thought “Aw Shit.” Even Cap was a missed opportunity. I was looking forward to seeing the plot that I expected. Cap got mad about what Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. are doing. It could have been an amazing plot to see Cap fight with Fury about what is right. Instead we get a short scene where they talk about their new mission and it is brought up briefly and then that’s it. Booooriiiinngg.
 
The Good
 

Great Emotional Character Moments

I knew from the first few scenes that this movie would be emotional. The first act had Cap adjust to modern world, the second had him learn about the past, and the third had him try to save his best friend Bucky. The whole movie was emotional at times. I think that one of the main reasons why this is the best Phase 2 film is because the more serious moments aren’t wasted by non-stop jokes. In Iron Man 3, it felt like every time they tried to give us a serious scene, it was ruined by jokes that weren’t even funny. Thor: The Dark World was better though, as it did have a few serious scenes, like when Frigga dies or when Thor and the gang plan their attack on the Dark World of Svartalfheim. But there were still a few scenes that could have been really emotional that had too much comedy to keep us in the mood. Cap 2 had very little jokes in the entire movie, and I really like that. The movie is always serious and emotional. Something I have wanted for a long time in an MCU movie, and something we didn’t see since the first Iron Man. Even Avengers, which I think is damn near perfect, had a few moments that could have been better, but at least there the comedy felt smooth and natural. That is how Iron Man felt, that is how Winter Soldier felt, that is how I wish all MCU movies felt.
 
The Tone Was Spot On For A Captain America Movie

When this movie ended, the first thing I thought to myself  was “This is NOT a kids movie!” This is a dark movie full of cOmplicated themes that half of the audience at my theatre probably didn’t understand. And seeing as how I put this in the “good” section, you know I’m not complaining one bit. This is the perfect tone for a Captain America movie. One person I talked to while I was waiting for the end credits scene said that he didn’t quite get the whole subplot with S.H.I.E.L.D.. We discussed it a bit, but we found out that the reason he didn’t get it was because he didn’t quite get Cap’s origin. He was there with his kid who loved the action in Avengers, but they didn’t get what Cap’s story was. They had no idea what his life was like in the 40’s, so they couldn’t get it. We all got the movie because we know all about Cap. This movie is assuming that everyone knows about the character. They didn’t take its time explaining everything and treating us like kids like Iron Man 3 did. They used a tone for this movie that made everything a mystery. The Winter Soldier is a dark movie set in the real world of politics and government, something that a Captain America movie needs to focus on. Cap isn’t a light-hearted hero that goes around cracking jokes all the time. He’s a depressed character turned happy character. Cap isn’t known to fight bad guys all the time. He is a spy. I was worried at first about how Cap will join S.H.I.E.L.D.. Either he would fit in just fine or he would be a pointless member on the group. This movie nails Cap’s personality and his life.
 
Action, Costumes, Sets, CGI, Acting, Directing…

This movie is just brilliantly put together. The Russos did a good job of capturing the spirit of the movie and brought to life exactly what was conceived in the original script. All of the effects looked so real, and was just mind-blowingly spectacular to see on the big screen. The costumes all looked amazing too. Everything looked so great in action. The suit Cap wears during the climax is practically the same as what was used in The First Avenger, but all of the minor changes made were for the better. It looked spectacular in action, and I can’t wait to see what his new suit looks like. The one-on-one fights between the Captain and the Winter Soldier were amazingly choreographed. You can tell that Winter Soldier is going all out while Cap is just trying to get him down long enough so that he can talk to him without them killing each other. Instead of making Cap this killing machine, he was a very great man who just wanted things to be right in the world. And you can tell most of that just by the action. They did an amazing job with this movie visually, and I can’t wait to see how the Russos will up this for Captain America 3. Also, Marvel has once aain assembled the perfect cast. Every single member of the ensemble did an amazing job playing their characters.
 
The Twist
 
 
For this next section I will be discussing the film’s plot twist. If you have seen the movie, or don’t mind being spoiled, just highlight the text below to read, otherwise, you can just skip this section. You won’t be missing much. To summarize, the main plot twist of the movie is that HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and have been slowly gaining ranks so that they could take it down from the inside. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Pierce and Sitwell, as well as Iron Man 2’s Senator Stern, are all secret HYDRA Agents. In the case of Stern, this makes Iron Man 2 more interesting. We all know that Stern was trying to get Tony to hand the Iron Man suits over to the government to be used in the military, but he refused to let it go. This means that Stern was actually planning on giving it to HYDRA, which may be why he got so mad when Tony wouldn’t give it away. Making HYDRA infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. is a concept that requires us to forget everything we ever thought we knew about the MCU. It was a good idea, however Age of Ultron and Captain America 3 must expand on this by showing us the aftermath. Does S.H.I.E.L.D. go back to normal, will they try to rebuild the organization, or does HYDRA win in taking down S.H.I.E.L.D.? It’s an interesting plot point that needs to be expanded upon in sequels. When they said that this movie would be a political thriller, they were right. The MCU will never be the same again.
 
All Those References

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Comic Book Movies that are full of references for the diehard fans. Marvel Studios is especially known to stuff their movies full of all sorts of interesting cameos, and The Winter Soldier is no exception. I noticed a few by myself, but there were some I had to read online. If you did not see the movie and want to find all these references for yourself, just skip the rest of this section. First of all, there was the reference to Tony Stark. A lot of people think this is just some reference to him, but what some people may not realize is that this is a major hint towards the plot of Age Of Ultron. Lots of people, including myself, were really wondering how Tony Stark comes into play seeing as how he destroyed his suits in Iron Man 3. When Fury introduces the Helicarriers to Cap, he says that Stark replaced the propellers with repulsor technology since he nearly died in them during The Avengers. This is a hint at his new job working for S.H.I.E.L.D.. His name also appeared on a monitor as a potential threat to the movie’s main baddies. His location was also marked on Avengers Tower, which was glimpsed for half a second. Seeing as how this is where his name appeared, it’s a hint that he may either be living here temporarily since his mansion got destroyed, or he is currently working on the inside of the Tower. Also, in an interrogation with one of the movie’s villains, Steven Strange is mentioned as a potential threat. This means that Dr. Strange may already have his powers, or maybe they will make him a scientist instead of a surgeon? You never know. There were also references to Arnim Zola’s robot design from the comics, a Bruce Banner references was included in there too I think, and many other little details.
 
DAT MID CREDITS SCENE

Obviously this has spoilers. I won’t white out the text, and I won’t spoil anything from the scene. Whether you saw it or not you will understand what I’m talking about. I’m not going to say what the scene is. I will say however that when I first saw this scene I started to scream. I knew who was in this scene instantly. There was a few whispers throughout the audience asking who they were, and when they scene ended I started screaming out loud who they were. No one knew. It is sad that no one knows, but hopefully they will gain popularity in future MCU movies. This scene introduces a whole new part of the MCU to us. This scene can be compared to Iron Man’s post credits scene in that it set up the future of the MCU so much that we know right from this scene that things will never ever be the same. The way this scene was handled, the costume design, the writing and directing, just everything about this scene is amazing. It blew my mind that Marvel would show us this now. Those last few seconds of the scene was especially a treat. YOU NEED TO SIT THROUGH THIS. Also, I hope this isn’t a spoiler for some of you, but there is also an extra scene at the end. Much like Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, the mid credits scene is what is amazing, while the post credits scene is just an extra treat. Just The Dark World’s post credits scene, which involved Thor returning to Earth to be with Jane, this bonus scene also sets up the next movies, possibly even Age of Ultron. It’s a simple scene that just shows what happened after the final scene. Also like The Dark World’s post credits scene, it is something that could have been added to the end of the movie before the credits and probably would have worked better if they had done that.
Conclusion
 
Despite all the flaws this movie has, they are too minor to take me out of enjoying the movie. I feel that it doesn't even begin to compare to The Avengers, and it isn't as good as everyone is saying, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an extremely entertaining movie and I can't wait to see it again. The future of the MCU was in this movie's hands, and thankfully they succeeded enough that the MCU will continue on for years to come. What do you think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Have you even seen it yet? Sound off below, and remember to thumb this article up if you enjoyed it!

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014. In addition to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; “Marvel's The Avengers” sequel on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!

CAST:
Chris Evans as Captain America
Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Falcon
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Robert Redford as Agent Alexander Pierce
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc
Emily VanCamp as Agent 13
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Toby Jones as Arnim Zola
RELEASE DATE: Out Now!
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SmokinIndo - 4/6/2014, 2:01 PM
Dude the Falcon was the best part about CA:TWS. He was a friend to Steve Rogers. Someone he could relate to. Someone who's seen the horrors of war and come out of it.
DCMarvelFreshman - 4/6/2014, 2:13 PM
Had to stop reading after your first "bad" bit. Completely disagree with you about Falcon. This looks like it was well-written though:)
TheAbaryMan369 - 4/6/2014, 2:21 PM
I get that Falcon had some great fight scenes and moments with Cap, but he wasn't needed. The movie wouldn't have been much different without him. He just felt like the guy that followed Cap and Widow around. It felt like he was put in the movie so that it wouldn't be Cap and Widow by themselves for half the movie, which is something that shouldn't have happened anyway if they expanded on The Winter Soldier more.
McNyagano - 4/6/2014, 2:26 PM
Falcon was under written and underused? No. Disagree with most these, Agent 13 was the only character I thought was underused.
SauronsBANE - 4/6/2014, 2:26 PM
...Oye. I get that you still loved this movie, but pretty much the only thing I agree with you here is your point about the Winter Soldier (and your point about the "Great Emotional Character Moments" and "Action, Costume, Sets..."). And even then, that 'problem' would be instantly solved if they simply used a different title for the movie.

Other than that, I had no complaints about a "lack of character development" there or in any other aspect of the film. Each and every character had the appropriate amount of screen-time, were serviceable and completely integral to the plot, and had their own moments to shine.

I'd go into detail about things like why the Falcon and Cap's relationship was enormously important to the movie, or why the Winter Soldier should never have been the entire focus of the film (he had the perfect amount of screen-time as it was), but that'd take up almost an entire article's worth of space. I'll just leave it at it's too bad you missed out on one of the best friendships and best villains in the MCU.
kinghulk - 4/6/2014, 2:27 PM
i disagree falcon was awesome
0megaDaGod - 4/6/2014, 2:28 PM
How can Falcon not be needed? Without him the entire final act of the film doesn't work. Not to mention, Cap and Widow needed somewhere to go. Could they have called Stark? Sure. But It's a Captain America movie for a reason.

Not to mention, his conversations with Cap were some of the best ways of showing Caps mind state at different parts of the film. Sometimes people don't realize how important supporting characters are to the development of the main character
Pasto - 4/6/2014, 2:28 PM
Falcon made me want to stand up and chant 'BLACK POWER!' 50 times. Marvel did him justice. Agent 13 needed work though.
sikwon - 4/6/2014, 2:30 PM
Join the Marines and go over seas. Come back and re watch the movie. The nailed Falcon. Hell, they nailed the whole introduction of his character and what he stands for and why he not only looked up to and respected cap but felt kindred with him.
GizmoEl - 4/6/2014, 2:31 PM
Agent 13 and Maria Hill were the only two characters I wish they gave a little more screentime to. Everyone else was balanced out perfectly.
0megaDaGod - 4/6/2014, 2:33 PM
And the usage of WS was spot on. He was meant to be an assassin and was only meant to be seen as more than that once Steve found out who he really was
Pasto - 4/6/2014, 2:37 PM
Maria Hill is a win because they cast Cobie 'Smoldering Hot' Smulders. So because of that alone I will be giving them as much cash as I possibly can.
Wallymelon - 4/6/2014, 2:51 PM
Disagree. Falcon was great and was just slightly underused. He served his purpose. Cap needed someone he could trust that wasn't apart of Sheild. Cap needs a flying partner. Cap needs to relate to someone. You're insane.
QuestiontheAnswer - 4/6/2014, 2:56 PM
If F4 has Jordan saying "GET ME OFF THE GRID" then I'll watch it. Mackie was good, I want more.
MexicanSuperman - 4/6/2014, 2:59 PM
All your complaints are pretty dumb.
GoldSlayer1 - 4/6/2014, 3:16 PM
I have to agree with most of "The Bad"
Especially about Falcon.

I saw him in the beginning. then he pops up later with the suit and im like "what? when did this happen?"
EpitomeofAwesome - 4/6/2014, 3:17 PM
Don’t agree with any of the bads, except for that the winter soldier could have been in it more. Well written editorial, though.
tonytony - 4/6/2014, 3:29 PM
Falcon kicked ass and your complaints are baseless. To me this movie was a throwback to the 80s action movies with schwarzenegger and stallone. Hugely enjoyable and the best solo outing yet from marvel.
Starkasm - 4/6/2014, 3:34 PM
I find myself repeating this, but how does WS have character development? Seriously. Surely you would know they're continuing his story in Cap3. In the comics he doesn't snap out of it and instantly comes back to Steve. It's deeper than that. He feels guilt and shame. If they skipped that stuff, fans would be out for blood.

I didn't even read all of it because of what you deemed bad.

Falcon? Falcon served his purpose. He was a real friend to Steve at a time he was feeling alone. He was able to relate and give Steve a sense of belonging.

Same with Sharon Carter. She was introduced in a very organic way. Leaves a surprise for Steve in Cap3 when he discovers she's Peggy's relative. There was a little teaser when she's doing laundry and she's on the phone to "her aunt".

WYLEEJAY - 4/6/2014, 3:36 PM
This movie was great! No complaints. You know this movie was an introduction to the characters of Falcon, Sharon Carter, and Winter Soldier right? Im not sure you do. Just the same as we were introduced to War Machine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye in Phase One. They had larger roles later on. Its the way this franchise works. You cant say it doesn't work, because they already proved that it does. This movie wasn't about the relationship with Sharon Carter. So there was no reason for them to expose her as Sharon Carter in the movie. Cap 3 most likely. Widow did call her Sharon at the cemetary. Did anyone else notice how Brocks holster crossed over his chest like an X? Just like the crossbones on the characters costume in the comics. We could def see him again.
Starkasm - 4/6/2014, 3:37 PM
Some people confuse me. When they nail a character they are still unhappy? I was talking to a user who wanted WS to be the mastermind somehow. Seriously?
WYLEEJAY - 4/6/2014, 3:41 PM
@Starkasm. Who would that be? Lol
Starkasm - 4/6/2014, 3:43 PM
@wylee

It was libe or elib or something like that. And he said he had read the comics!
WYLEEJAY - 4/6/2014, 3:45 PM
Dont forget they had the file on Falcon before they came to him. Another reason Cap thought he would be helpful. So these people that are complaining about the convenience of him being there for Cap as the Falcon need to watch it again. They exposed him as the Falcon, then asked for his help. Steve felt like he could trust him from their earlier conversation too. Kindred spirits. Didn't feel forced at all imo.
Destined - 4/6/2014, 3:53 PM
Disagree with ALL the cons. Falcon and Widow were awesome. And Winter Soldier shined plenty to me. He was the highlight of the freaking movie. Fury got the most development he's ever received in a movie. So what are you talking about?! And for the millionth time, people these characters will be BACK FOR CAP 3! There is more to come for them, stop tripping over nothing already. Even though wack Sharon wasn't needed ONE BIT(weakest link to me), the lame will be in the next one and have a bigger role and Crossbones as well. They knocked it out the park and worrying about these silly things was the LAST thing on my mind.
Starkasm - 4/6/2014, 3:55 PM
Also your point of introducing characters then "forgetting" them is strange.
BW was in just about every scene. I don't know how someone could "forget" her.
Pierce did his job. His intentions became somewhat clear to Steve which sent him underground trying to piece it together. We also saw him with WS before the third act.
Starkasm - 4/6/2014, 3:57 PM
And when scarlett is on screen she has my full undivided attention.

*insert sexy gif*
Nick56 - 4/6/2014, 3:58 PM
Completely agree. I too made an article with some similar criticisms earlier, I wanted less Falcon and more Sharon. Thumbs up from me.
Destined - 4/6/2014, 3:58 PM
@Wyleejay exactly! There's a reason they were just intro'd. People forget 3 will be a continuation to TWS..like do they read or listen much? And who in the hell is worrying about basic characters like Agent 13? Is she all of a sudden a super hero or A list that I didn't know about? No...she's not ok thought I was missing something here. They could never introduce some of these small characters and it wouldn't make a difference. People have a Capri Sun and chill.
Nick56 - 4/6/2014, 3:59 PM
But i enjoyed the movie overall, despite some issues
Destined - 4/6/2014, 4:07 PM
And also for these people worrying about Sh*tron, yall better be glad they was kind enough to put her in this movie because clearly they didn't have to. There was a reason Scarlett was the female lead of this film. She's the veteran, the draw, the appeal, and has undeniable chemistry with Chris. You don't realize how many people wanted to see this movie just because Chris and Scarlett were the leads, not to mention the rave reviews their chemistry got. Yall better be praying they actually use Agent lame in a purposeful way as this is Csp's last solo movie. But keep in mind Chris wants Scarlett back in Cap 3 as well. He said how the movie benefited a lot by having Widow and I agree. Look out for another awesome team up of characters in Cap 3.
WYLEEJAY - 4/6/2014, 4:17 PM
They should just call Cap 3 Secret Avengers. Thats the vibe I even got from this one. Nick Fury saw action as well as Sharon and Maria Hill.
batz11 - 4/6/2014, 5:36 PM
Can't get all in a 2 hr movie, just how it works...good read!
ruadh - 4/6/2014, 10:30 PM
So basically...when you introduce a character, they need to be shown in every scene for the rest of the movie? I've studied screenwriting for over 20 years, and have never heard this rule.

Sometimes, you have an important character who won't come into real play until later, but you can show the audience who they are earlier. I really have absolutely no idea why that's a bad idea.
JoJo1982 - 4/7/2014, 1:58 AM
Sorry buddy but I gotta disagree with ya on the Falcon part, he definitely wasn't underused.

We learn a lot about him and why him and Cap have a lot in common
JoJo1982 - 4/7/2014, 1:58 AM
"To Your left"
feedonatreefrog - 4/7/2014, 4:44 AM
Hydra was a twist?

Given Baron Von Strucker's inclusion in Avengers 2 and everybody guessing that Pierce was Red Skull, I was waiting for the Hydra reveal.
cipher - 4/7/2014, 9:48 AM
Sorry, mate.. but I don't agree with any of "The Bad". Especially the Falcon bit. I mean, the whole point of the character is that he's practically a modern-day reflection of Steve, and, like 0mega said- supporting characters are important to the development of the main character.

Remember that scene after the one where Sam's counseling the vets suffering from PTSD? The scene where he and Steve are talking in the hallway? Well, Sam tells Steve about losing his friend, and, at one point, he says something along the lines of: "sometimes you can forget what you're fighting for", those probably weren't his exact words, but it was something along those lines..

But that's the point, y'know? Steve was filled with doubt about what they were doing, but once he figured out who the real enemy was he knew exactly what he was going to do, and so did Sam. Clarity of purpose- Sam knows exactly what he believes in now, and he's going to follow Steve to the end, and Steve knows that Sam is someone he can always rely on to do what's right.

They're kindred spirits.

Cap never would have beaten the bad guys if not for Sam's help.
Tainted87 - 4/7/2014, 9:51 AM
After reading the entire review, I've concluded that you simply haven't read a comic book before, or if you have, you then suffered a near-fatal accident that caused amnesia, and therefore only remember that you have, but not the actual content of which.

And then you were hit on the head again, in which case your memories came flooding back in an academic way, removing the actual experiences, and essentially putting a sticky note on every object, person, identity... and you forgot that you had amnesia. And then you wrote this article.
cipher - 4/7/2014, 9:54 AM
Also, I think they handled Bucky's development just fine. I mean, the dude's been brainwashed, and used to do God-knows-what for decades, and decades..

He isn't going to just snap out of that the second he sees Steve. If anything, that would only serve to take me out of the movie, because I wouldn't buy it, it'd feel rushed.

Anyway, just my two cents, bud.

:)
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