There’s something about political intrigue and Captain America. Steve Englehart was the first to give it a true workout. Unless, you count Jim Steranko’s efforts to expand the influence of Hydra. But, mixing politics and superheroics is always such an odd affair. Captain America gained a sordid political history through the 70s and 80s, as we learned that America worked on super soldiers and replacements for Captain America while he was on ice. Each super soldier reflected an aspect of the political environment of the era, but no one could hold a candle to the original. Then, there was the ever looming threat of government interference with Cap that gets ushered out once a decade.
The influence of Ed Brubaker is felt in every aspect of this film, yet it’s fresh enough to appeal to the people that can’t remember who last played The Incredible Hulk. Captain America has forever been at odds with a government that views him as a commodity. But, populist politics and Dr. Erskine’s super juice is enough to get you past all of that crap. While the film is a basic primer on what happened to Bucky, Cap’s influence on WWII and the Western World; there’s something that goes missing. Captain America isn’t old fashioned, he just had to make a 70 year jump in what was mere moments to him. The attempts at blending into modern society are handled with humor, but they’re never used to give the character the proper weight he deserves.
If anything surprised me about this movie, it would have to be the masterful direction of The Russo Brothers. The action is handled on par with “The Raid 2”, but given the momentum of what it would be to have a super soldier in the real world. When Cap kicks one of Batroc’s goons off a ship in the opening scenes, you feel the weight of the hit. Plus, I love the fact that we’re getting a Cap that isn’t afraid to kill. This return to form is a recent change for the comics and it translates well onscreen. He’s a soldier that’s finally functioning and acting like a trooper onscreen.
To say that things have changed in the film is an understatement. While everyone preps for Ultron, there’s something very sinister about having Captain America’s past undermine the future of the Marvel Movieverse. I would directly spoil what happened, but you guys know by now. That’s why we have a future of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker and the Space Gem to look forward to in Avengers: Age of Ultron. If that wasn’t enough, we have artificial superhumans (Marvel mutants). That’s not to mention clearing out the political dead weight, introducing Cap’s black friend The Falcon and helping to build the world of Cap. They even found a way to work in Agent 13 (Sharon Carter). In a few words, this movie is fantastic.
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