Marvel Studios is hosting a one-hour presentation at Comic-Con International next week where the focus will be on their next two Phase Two films releasing. Thor: The Dark World tests out Marvel’s ability to release a tentpole in the fall and in 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier similarly tests the studio’s box office power in the spring.

While it’s expected that Marvel Studios will also have some surprise announcements regarding Guardians of the Galaxy and other future projects, attendees are most excited about getting their first look at footage from the Captain America sequel, the most connected film to The Avengers.

In anticipation of the presentation and unveils (full Comic-Con movie panel guide here), Disney just released the first official one-sheet for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it’s as simple as it is intriguing.

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Three thoughts that come to mind from the direct imagery of the poster.

  1. Captain America has seen a lot of combat, especially after the Battle of New York in The Avengers. His abilities are put to the test in the action-packed sequel.
  2. The fading of the red and focus on the silver is reminiscent of The Winter Soldier’s design with his chrome bionic arm and it’s that masked man, Bucky Barnes, who may one day hoist the shield as Captain America himself as he did in Marvel Comics.
  3. The simplest and most obvious connection is that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is essentially the S.H.I.E.L.D. movie and is the bridge between The Avengers films. It’s battle worn design shrouded in darkness is symbolic of the organization fracturing in the story of the sequel, as evidenced by the concept art, the new Secret Avengers costume and the reason why they were nowhere to be found during the events of Iron Man 3.

Are you more excited for the Captain America sequel or the Thor followup?

Cap’s next adventure is being directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo off a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and will release in 3D. Robert Redford joins Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Samuel L. Jackson,  Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby JonesAnthonie Mackie, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Maximiliano Hernandez and Georges St-Pierre.

Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016 and May 5 2017.

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Source: Disney