‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Trailer Analysis

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Captain America Super Bowl Trailer DiscussionMarvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been anticipated by comic book fans ever since the studio confirmed they would be adapting one of the most influential "Captain America" storylines in recent years for the big-screen sequel. And as the action-packed trailers have been promising spectacle for casual audiences, the momentum has only been building.Now the Super Bowl trailer for Captain America 2 has blown prior footage out of the water, and given some of the first detailed looks at the heroes and villains of the sequel.We're taking a closer look at what's been shown, alluded to, foreshadowed, or hinted at in the trailer. Potential spoilers for all readers from here on out (if our analysis is correct). You have been warned.

Covert Ops Shield

Captain America 2 Trailer Stealth Shield

When the first set photos appeared of Cap (Chris Evans) sporting a shield lacking his signature red-white-and blue paint scheme, eyebrows were raised. Was the shield a stand-in, battle-scarred, or a separate one entirely?The additional footage of Cap and Widow (Scarlett Johansson) parachuting into combat confirms that the blue and grey shield is a variant used for stealth operations - like Cap's new costume as a whole. And going by the photos of Cap's fight with Batroc the Leaper - played by UFC champ Georges St-Pierre - it would seem that Captain America encounters the athletic villain on board this same ship.

SHIELD's Secret Bunker

Captain America 2 Trailer Shield BunkerGiven just how much the directors of The Winter Soldier have talked about the film as a political thriller, and a spy story more than a superhero one, it's no surprise to see a locked bunker filled with armed mean. But a closer look reveals that it is S.H.I.E.L.D. officers locking the room.Prior promotional photos and trailers have hinted that Steve Rogers will be exploring some of the oldest parts of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters, and this room seems to be among them, since The Avengers showed that the group has progressed far beyond metal locks and underground bunkers.What could the government agency be keeping so hush-hush? The trailer may also provide the answer.

The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 Trailer Bucky Shirtless

That's right, fans: the same S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker looks to be housing the restrained (and shirtless) operative known as 'The Winter Soldier.' The man beside the former Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) even appears to be the same man seen in the previous slide image, so there's little doubt that S.H.I.E.L.D. has Barnes in custody, eager to find out what's making him tick.The most obvious question when faced with this fact is just how strong those restraints must be. The trailer goes on to show that Barnes and Rogers are at least of comparable strength and speed, so it's odd that the agency wouldn't have Cap on-hand to help contain their prisoner.Is it possible that, like Loki in The Avengers, Barnes has allowed himself to be captured? And if so, to what end?

A Wounded Fury

Captain America 2 Trailer Nick Fury Wounded

One of the most startling reveals of the first Winter Soldier trailer was the appearance of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) on an operating table, with Cap and Widow looking distraught. Such a tease seems like one that the directors would not make if Fury was actually going to die at the hands of the Winter Soldier, and the most recent footage seems to confirm those assumptions.The Super Bowl teaser and the international trailer released alongside it seem to imply that it is Fury's vehicle which tumbles end over end past the steel-armed villain, but his appearance later sporting a number of cuts and bruises (and seated) suggests that the fight may have left him injured, but nonetheless recovering.We'll get to what questions that raises in a moment....

Agent 13

Captain America 2 Trailer Sharon CarterAnother brief scene featured in the international trailer for The Winter Soldier offers fans their first look at Sharon Carter a.k.a. 'Agent 13' (Emily VanCamp).While Agent 13 does not appear in her signature costume, there is plenty to draw from her encounter with Steve Rogers. To begin with, the lack of recognition between the two supports the notion that for time being, neither Nick Fury nor S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) have informed Rogers that she is the daughter of his lost love Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell).Given what's been rumored about Redford's role, Carter being seen with him can make her seem similarly suspicious, or position her as someone Steve can trust going forward, if she questions S.H.I.E.L.D.'s motives as he does.

Helicarrier Takeoff

Captain America 2 Trailer Helicarrier Takeoff

It made sense to feature the launch of a Helicarrier in the first trailer for Captain America 2, since S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters featuring an underground hangar was an impressive sight. But as the studio continues to feature the launch so centrally, we can't help thinking there's something we're missing.For starters, the footage of the Helicarrier launching seems to lack any presence of actual S.H.I.E.L.D. employees (guards, technicians, or deck crew). Combine that with the capture of the film's villain, and there is a chance - however slight - that we're witnessing a theft, not a sanctioned launch? Perhaps of a specially-equipped Helicarrier?That's serious speculation on our part, but make note of the number on the Helicarrier's side...

Enemy Fighter

Captain America 2 Trailer Enemy Quinjet

Once the trailer confirmed that Captain America would have enemies within S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, it was unsurprising to see one of the agency's jets open fire on Cap's motorcycle. But a close look at the plane's markings may reveal more.Presumably, the '42' markings on the jet imply that it has originated from the same Helicarrier seen leaving S.H.I.E.L.D.'s base earlier (assuming that the production designers or special effects team haven't chosen numbers at random).The question soon becomes: has the agency itself turned its back on Cap, or simply a small cell within it - a cell tied to the emergence of the Winter Soldier, intending to hijack a Helicarrier for their own purposes? Either answer has serious ramifications.

Helicarrier Free-For-All

Captain America 2 Trailer Helicarrier FightMuch of the action featured in the Super Bowl trailer centers on what looks to be an aerial battle fought between multiple Helicarriers - another reason we're inclined to think the Winter Soldier's forces commandeer one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fleet. It appears to be on the winning end, which also supports our theory that the Helicarrier marked '42' may be far deadlier than those around it.It's safe to assume that this airborne battle will be the film's climax, and the rest of the action and fight scenes seem to fit into that assumption quite well.We're not worried about spoiling the fun by saying it, though, since the action itself looks guaranteed to thrill.

Classic Costume Returns

Captain America 2 Classic Costume Fight

The decision to update Captain America's costume for The Winter Soldier was a logical one; the costumes used during World War II were designed to inspire by boasting the colors of the American flag, and the version seen in The Avengers was claimed to do the same.But as a realistic government operative, the new costume makes far more sense. Why, then, would recent photos feature Cap battling modern soldiers in his old duds? The trailer shows Cap wearing his classic costume alongside Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in what looks to be the same climactic battle set in the skies over Washington.Is the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s base what makes Steve dig his old costume out of a museum exhibit, or is the choice a symbolic one? Only time will tell.

Falling From The Sky

Captain America 2 Trailer Helicarrier CrashThe S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier may have narrowly avoided a fall from the sky in The Avengers, but it seems they won't be as lucky this time around. Unfortunately, little context is offered for this catastrophic crash, crippling the ship and the agency's headquarters in the process.We can say that the ship lacks the '42' markings of the attacking Helicarrier, so it doesn't appear to be the villain-controlled ship (SPOILER: the first trailer already showed that Helicarrier crashing into a body of water). The trailer seems to suggest that the crash takes place before the final aerial battle, explaining Widow's absence from it, and why Falcon is not yet suited up as he flees the wreckage.Either way, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be in need of serious renovations before The Avengers 3.

Friendly Falcon

Captain America 2 Trailer Falcon Rescues CapAs any superhero will tell you, it pays to have friends that fly. With Iron Man and Thor busy elsewhere, it looks like Cap can still rely on Falcon to pull his feet out of the fire when he trips over them while fighting thousands of feet above the Earth.The brief rescue is just one of what looks to be dozens of epic action moments featuring Falcon taking on missiles, jets, and everything in between. Marvel set the bar fairly high with the free-fall rescue scene in Iron Man 3, so here's hoping that the Russo brothers have concocted something similarly thrilling.

Falcon Falling

Captain America 2 Trailer Falcon CaughtImmense robotic wings or not, it seems that the Falcon is no match for the Winter Soldier, who is seen snagging him before pulling him violently to the deck. The ensuing fight isn't shown in the trailer, but we can't say that Falcon has strong chances.Anthon Mackie has previously hinted that Falcon would share a similar supersoldier origin to Cap's, but there has been little to confirm that to be the case. If it's true, he may give the steel-armed villain a run for his money.However, Mackie has also revealed that at some point in the film, his character is injured quite seriously, so we might be witnessing the beginning of his end - in the film's final fight, at least.

Old Friends

Captain America 2 Trailer Bucky Steve FightThe moments of the trailer that comic book fans will be most thrilled by is the final showdown between Cap and the Winter Soldier. The setting appears to be the underside of a Helicarrier, but the set has not been seen in the Marvel universe thus far. Could this simply be an unexplored corner of the ship, or part of some mysterious new weapons system?Since we doubt Marvel would show all of their cards at this point, it's likely there's an element of the plot that is being kept under wraps. Either way, this seems the most likely scene to feature an explanation for exactly why Bucky has taken the path he has, and what the real threat of the film will be.No guess how the fight will go, since the films have differed from the comics in a number of ways.

Who's Under The Sheet?

Captain America 2 Trailer Character DeathWe now arrive at the shot featuring Widow and Cap standing over a covered body, as Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) looks on. The earlier glimpses of Nick Fury in surgery will lead many to assume it's his corpse, but we've already explained why that doesn't seem to be the case.If not Fury, then who? Could the fight between the Falcon and Winter Soldier go even worse than we fear? Anthony Mackie is signed to multiple films, but actors have been known to leak misinformation before. Could Barnes offer Cap no choice, and force him to end his life? Widow and he had history in the comics, which would explain her emotion.Or is this yet another Marvel character death fake-out, and this is all a ruse to help Barnes be assigned a new identity and mission within S.H.I.E.L.D.? We welcome any theories, since your guess is as good as ours.


Captain America 2 Trailer DiscussionThose are the brief clips and questions from the newest trailer that most stood out to us, But only time will tell how accurate our speculation turns out to be.Do you think our theories are right on target, or are you hoping they're off the mark? Be sure to share your own insights or theories in the comments._____Captain America: The Winter Soldier releases April 4, 2014.Follow Andrew on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. There you go, Dyce and Kofi had a Marvel article today. All the haters shut up.

    Thanks for the article, this movie keeps looking better!

  2. No 42 is “The ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything”. Iron man suit in Iron man 3 was Mark 42. I wonder if there is a number 42 in Thor the dark world ?

    • Would be cool if Marvel was paying homage to Hitchhiker..

      • ”The Avengers 3: Guide-ians of the Galaxy’: The heroes called the Avengers face their biggest challenge yet- the Vogons and a sinister plan for an intergalactic space way. Will the Avengers be able to save the Earth? Let’s just hope they’ve packed their towels.’

        Maybe at the end of the movie they can catch up for schwarma at the end of the Universe.

    • There is a number 42 in avengers assemble when Coulson goes to stark tower and stark opens up the “laptop” and throws the screen shots round him and number 42 appears with tesseract below it as stark holds the cube.

  3. The trailer looks awesome, but I gotta ask, why settle for Falcon (okay, Black Widow too) only when you can call the Avengers for back up? Looks like the battles in CA2 are of a scale that call for the Avengers’ touch.

    • Point no. 14.

      Notice the clothes they are wearing; it’s the same clothes they wear when they kiss on the escalator and chase/get chased by Winter Soldier and his cronies. That rules out Bucky and Falcon. Leaving this with either Nick Fury(most likely, he probably goes under the radar to avoid getting assassinated again), Sharon, Coulson or a random.

      • I say they kill off HAWKEYE. Renner wants a bigger part and is unhappy with the position his Character is in currently. since renner also has a VERY bright career currently i guess he is getting too expensive for small parts and since Marvel dont seem to know what to do or simply have no place in their MCU for the character, they will “simply” kill him, have a very emotional moment in the film as well and a very good reason for Black Widow to finally completely side with Cap in this powerstruggle fight inside SHIELD. cause thats what I think it is. WINTER SOLDIER is working for a very hight Shield Exec since he is probably THE most badass and secret SHIELD CovertOps/DirtyWork operative. So he’s getting lured into the action by that SHIELD Exec who wants to take over the organistation the way he thinks it should be run and handle things and Cap, Fury, Romanov, Hawkeye and even Hill are in his way of getting there so he starts to wage a war against them. This is what I think this movie will be. No real VILLAINY Villains but an internal powerstruggle within Shield.

        • sorry first time the page crashed on me, i checked if my comment made it through, it didnt, so i posted again and now its here twice. SORRY!

      • I would like to guess it’s Sharon Carter under the sheet, but I can’t fit together why Black Widow would be showing as much emotion as she is in the image. Also… the person under the sheet doesn’t appear to have boobs. So, it’s gotta be a guy, or a very flat-chested woman, and Emily VanCamp fills out. Also, it’s clearly a high-up or important member of SHIELD/Avengers, as Maria Hill is also there. She wouldn’t be there for just anyone. So after those non-sensical observations, I would guess it’s Hawkeye. He’ll make a surprise appearance in the movie, and be a casualty of the Winter Soldier.

        • OR… the lot of them had to play pretend as if Fury died and make nice for the cameras that are likely watching them, and he just goes underground, giving directions to Cap to up against a corrupt SHIELD agency.

          Regardless of who is under the sheet, I’m excited for this movie. I think it’ll be entertaining from beginning to end.

    • Stark has just detonated all his pet project suits, while his functional ones blew up when his mansion was attacked. He’s not gonna be Iron Man for a while. Thor is probably still on Asgard, but the timeline’s difficult to place. Banner is a scientist, not a trained fighting machine. Besides, SHIELD couldn’t control the Hulk before. Why would this time be any different?

      And that actually highlights a major rising conflict in this film. That SHIELD itself is starting to look sketchy.

    • Because they haven’t really formed the team yet. That’s what will happen in age of ultron. They need to find that spark that makes them a team, not just a battle where they need team up. That’s what fury meant in his last line, “because we’ll need them too.

  4. ¿Pretty obvious that the Winter soldier is captured by SHIELD? Come on. That doesn´t makes sense at all. I think it´s the scene featuring his origin.

    The same for the shield. ¿Two shields? It´s just the same shield with the paint worn off.

  5. Here’s what I think happens in this movie: As we all know SHIELD becomes different over the years, at least different from what Cap did stand for back in his days during WW2 so he decides to question SHIELD and go against higher officials. Not in a fighting way but in a “you shouldnt do this”-way. Someone in SHIELD wants to take over the Organisation OR stick to his public control “this is fear” way of handling situations (Redford?) and declares Cap and his close allies (black widow, hawkeye, nick fury, mariah hill) as a threat to his plans. They get SHIELDS most notorious operative (Winter Soldier, working as a covert ops dirty-work operative as suggested in slide 3, Vault operated by SHIELD) to date onto their side and have him and a lot of goons fight against Cap & Co (who also gets Falcon on his side). In the wake of this the baddies manage to get Nick Fury out of their way (carbomb, operation), kill HAWKEYE (slide 14, as I think Jeremy Renner WANTS a bigger part but Hawkeye is not important enough to the MCU and he becomes to costly for his small parts, they gonna kill him off, kind of to make an example and to get some emotional scenes into it as Natasha is visible shaken by whoever is dead under that blanket). It all gonna end up in this massive finale where a heli carrier gets stolen?! they all fight on multiple carriers, lotsa boom boom epic final fight.

    • Hawkeye isn’t going ANYWHERE. Joss said himself that Hawkeye and Black Widow are going to have HUGE roles in Avengers 2. And Renner never said he wanted a bigger role he just said that it sucked that for half of the film he was brainwashed.

  6. My musings – in no particular order:

    1. SHIELD HQ gets destroyed or heavily damaged leading to Stark Tower becoming SHIELD HQ and Tony Stark the director of SHIELD.

    2. Robert Redford is Red Skull.

    And that’s all I’ve got for now.

  7. Slide 3.

    I think this looks more like where Bucky goes between operations, kind of like where RoboCop sits when he’s being briefed. He’s hooked up to a computer to check his stats and whatnot.

    • exactly my thoughts. he’s some kind of very top secret covert ops SHIELD agent only be let out of his “recreational area” to do SHIELDs dirty work. hence him looking nothing like a shield agent.

    • Well, he was put back on ice after every assassination mission, hence how he’s able to appear during different decades without any signs of aging in the book.

  8. I think its Fury under the sheet, and it is going to explain why they made such a big deal out of the Coulson death and resurrection….
    Fury will get “repaired” however they did Coulson in AOS, and justifying the storyline.

    • nice idea but to me that makes no sense from a business point of view. if you can just bring back or “repair” everyone who is dead, Marvel would be stuck in a position where fans would want to see the same actors in their roles over and over again and no need to switch out characters, therefore actors becoming more and more expensive when contracted for longer times. they could argue that the fans are expecting to see them in their roles and if killed off have them repaired. so from a business standpoint it would be stupid to go that way. Also Marvel would have no need to switch characters or the Avengers Rooster as everyone would be immortal basically and could be brought back all the time.

    • I thin fury is going to fake his death to get out of shield because he doesn’t trust them anymore. Then he’ll go into hiding like before the civil war storyline.

  9. 42 is the numer on the spider that gave Miles Morales his Spider-Man powers in the Ultimate Universe :)

  10. Looks AWESOME! I agree that it seems that SHEILD and Marvel seem to just be “fixing everyone, but nonetheless, I’m very pleased with the contrast in tones from the first movie to Winter Soldier. It’s very fitting. There’s also some chatter on the post credits stinger setting up Age of Ultron! http://www.notsodaily.com/2014/02/captain-america-winter-soldier-trailer-2.html

  11. Here is a possible theory…

    Maybe it’s Agent Coulson under that sheet and it’s when Maria hill asks them to go check the body before revealing to them that shield had lied to them about his death?

    • Or should I say a fake Coulson body?

  12. Judging from the room and what Cap and Widow are wearing, it looks like it could be Nick Fury.

    My theory: when he was in the operation room he fakes his death. Cap and Widow appear to have the same clothing on as they watch Nick Fury getting operated on. Later in the movie, or Cap and Widow are apart of the coverup, which could explain the clip of Nick Fury(Looks all beat up) saying, “Looks like you call the shots now, Cap.” I believe he says something of that nature to Cap in the clip. From there on out, Cap is pinned with Fury’s death and explains why Shield (Controlled by the Main Villain in the film) is after him and Widow.

    • And just watched the trailer, again. There is a very good possibly someone dies or there is an attempted assassination. This could be the case because, Winter Soldier and Cap jump out of the widow, which very well could be the widow of the hospital and leads them to rooftops where Cap throws his shield at Winter Soldier This could be where Nick Fury was being operated on or someone is fatally wounded. I mean, Cap is wearing the same street clothes when he does battle with Winter Soldier in the streets and fast forward after the fight, he’s in the same outfit and running across the rooftops.

  13. Damn, is this film introducing a lot of new heroes. With Guardians of the Galaxy bringing in an entirely new team, Avengers 3 is set to be more packed than the complex X-film releasing this summer. Hoping that Bucky is able to some how recover at the end of this film, I have an idea for the Avengers 3: Instead of having it close off Phase 3 as simply “Avengers 3″ Phase 3 should end with its 6-7 planned solo/new team films (with both Guardians 2 and Inhumans being speculated) leading up to a 2-part “Infinity Gauntlet” to close off that storyline with every single hero facing Thanos. That would be the s***!

  14. I thought Sharon was the niece.

  15. Excelsior!

  16. Andrew, you also forgot the biggest of em all…

    the Ed Brubaker Cameo….

  17. Note: the Helicarrier apparently crashing into the Triskelion Building in the trailer is the same one on that initial promo poster: pennant number “IN-02″.

    Definitely different from the more regularly numbered ‘Carriers we’ve seen thus far: “42″(as noted), “64″(from Avengers), “65″ and “88″.

  18. Actually, my mistake. The ‘Carrier crashing into the Triskelion is “IN-01″. Not “IN-02″, which shows up separately in the trailer.