I thought the debut of the 2nd Captain America film would never get here. It’s been been three years since Cap’s first film in the official Marvel movie universe, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Notice what I did there? I am completely glossing over the early 1980s Captain America film with the motorcycle and the see – thru transparent shield. And all the baked-in cheesiness. It was on par with the equally cheesy 1970s Spiderman films of that era. The new Marvel Cap was an extremely likeable and heroic star of the original 2012 film. The long wait since his last appearance in The Avengers (2012).
What I initially liked about this film, prior to even watching a single minute of the film, was that it wasn’t a film about a single hero up against insurmountable odds. I like a good ensemble, and there’s a good sized supporting cast of characters working for and against Captain America. Besides Chris Evans as Cap, this sequel strongly features Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Nick Fury (Sam Jackson), and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). You will also see some familiar and unfamiliar baddies, including the mysterious assassin the Winter Soldier.
While the first film combined both heart, action, and humor, this one does much of the same. Maybe that’s the secret sauce for the new Marvel universe. This film pumps up the action but there are plenty of character moments to keep you interested on a secondary level.