Our friendly interweb iTunes has debuted the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, due out April 4, 2014. The trailer looks great, and some of my remarks follow below.
The new costume looks sleek and stealthy while retaining the emblematic quality of the heavy canvas-like original and the lighter, sportier sequel in The First Avenger and The Avengers. So far, the filmmakers have not ventured the chain-mail of the original comic book, but I, for one, can muster no complaint. Perhaps Steve Rogers would not disagree with me.
Good, and the design is clearly reminiscent “super soldier” uniform that Cap wore briefly in the monthlies, which was a design that I found appealing.
Other things: allies, both familiar (Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow) and new (Anthony Mackie’s Falcon); a dubious authority (Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce); and a mysterious foe (Sebastian Stan’s The Winter Soldier).
Banter, gadgets, brawls, gun fights, and explosions.
And homages to the source material: for example, Cap parachutes out of a plane without a chute. That is the one thing that I was waiting for. Again, “Captain America throws his mighty shield“–and Cap has thrown his shield in the previous films, but not against anyone who chooses to oppose his it–only the Winter Soldier doesn’t yield.
Aside from these substantive positives, I have three relatively negligible negatives. From most negligible: First, I would be pleased if some rationale was attempted in the film to explain the Winter Soldier’s lower-face mask. Second, I found the tête-à-tête between Captain America and Nick Fury to lack a bit of punch. Third, I do not care for the Winter Soldier’s eye make-up whatsoever.
Stephen Amell’s eye make-up on Arrow passes the test for me: the smear obscures his eyes; his hood obscures his face. Perhaps a satisfying reason will be given why the master assassin-spy blots out his eye sockets. For the moment, however, I am left to think about moody rock musicians and close-proximity Acme dynamite detonations. Marvel is not beyond a bit of Looney Tunes slapstick, as seen in Hulk’s defeat of Loki in The Avengers.
Here is looking forward to one-man aerial combat.
Yes, Falcon is hoss.