New ‘Captain America 2′ Featurette Highlights the Winter Soldier

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The second phase of Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe has been extremely lucrative for the comic book film studio at the box office, though after two movie sequels (Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World) and the initial two-thirds of a debut TV series (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) that’ve prompted overall lukewarm reactions from the hardcore fan-base, it feels like the MCU could stand to start mixing things up more.

Fortunately, the fast-approaching Captain America: The Winter Soldier has generated the most positive critical buzz for a Phase 2 release yet, while things ought to get all the more wild when Marvel goes full-blown cosmic with Guardians of the Galaxy. Not to mention, with talk of how the Cap sequel shakes things up – with aftereffects that will be felt in all Earth-based quarters of the MCU – that could be the film to inject some fresh energy into Marvel Studios’ superhero-populated world.

Throughout marketing for the Captain America sequel, however, there’s been an elephant in the room: the eponymous Winter Soldier, whose unmasked face has been revealed in full multiple times. Yet, perhaps in an effort to maintain the surprise for those not well-versed in the history of the Captain America comic books (and/or those who simply don’t recognize the Winter Soldier actor right off the bat), there’s never been an explicit reference to his true identity in the film’s trailers and commercials to date.

That changes today, with a new featurette where (at last) the producers and stars of the movie flat-our acknowledge that this dangerous assassin/agent with a cyborg arm is none other than Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Steve Roger’s (Chris Evans) old friend who seemingly fell to his death on a mission back during Cap’s WWII days in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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As Marvel head Kevin Feige implies in the above featurette, Ed Brubaker’s acclaimed Winter Soldier comic book storyline is one that can be mined for rich dramatic material, and early reviews for the Captain America movie sequel suggest that the Russo brothers – directing from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – have indeed been able to adapt Brubaker’s source material into something special (i.e. Steve’s personal conflict is the emotional core to the Russos’ superhero/political thriller genre mashup).

Evans’ recent confirmation of his intention to leave the MCU after fulfilling his original contractual obligations raises even more questions about Bucky’s future, not least of all because Stan still has several more film obligations to fulfill on his own contract after Cap 2. Will Bucky eventually become the new Captain America onscreen (as many have already guessed) – and, if so, what will be the circumstance surrounding his next upgrade in the MCU continuity?


Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in U.S. theaters on April 4th, 2014.

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  1. Christ these un-pauseable adverts are a pain in the arse. I don’t have super fast internet, but I never usually have a problem, but these ads start playing and you can’t skip them, but you can’t pause them to at least load either. I have to sit through a skipping, stuttering advert for what seems like forever. :(

    • Anyway…. I can’t believe they are openly giving away who the winter soldier is. I know most comic fans know, but really, any regular film fan who watches this is gonna be like “WTF…. Mavel just spoiled it!”

      • On the Screenrant Podcast they mentioned that the secret is really for Cap to find out. Which is a smart move because everyone has Google.

  2. What! Bucky is the Winter Soldier!…never saw that one coming :(

  3. Who’s Bucky??? Some kinda rabbit….

    -Also sarcasm- lol

    • No, it’s a deer (a “buck-y”). Or could it be Bucky Beaver?

  4. Bucky Barnes was a little young boy that followed Captain America around.

  5. That Winter Soldier guy looks hilarious. I can’t tell which character is more dated- the 1940s propaganda hero or the guy with the 80′s cyborg arm and ninja mask.

    • Looks good to me.

  6. Just saw the premiere of this movie in my country yesterday, and let me just say it is by far the best phase 2 movie in my opinion. And without spoiling to much, let’s just say that the avengers are going to have their hands full in the future. Lots of easter eggs, twists, and an awesome after credits scene!

  7. is it april yet wtf

  8. The movie premiered in my country (Philippines) two days ago. Boy, was it amazing! Watch out for Agent Sitwell mentioning a name (a nod to a Phase 3 movie?) describing HIM as a threat to Hydra. ;)

  9. I am sssooo ready for this!

  10. Cannot wait for this.

    I had to go see a movie again tonight (Pompeii) just to wash the horrid taste out of my mouth after seeing Noah last night.

    I need a really great movie right now and my hopes are high on Winter Soldier.

  11. To screenrant, I’m new to this website. How do you watch a movie trailer. I see the synopsis of the trailers but what do you actually push to see it. Forgive me but new to site.

    • @Justin- Are you trying to watch from work? My company has embedded videos blocked so I can’t watch them from there. Have to do it from home.