Marvel Studios always goes overboard on marketing its films, which is the reason why Captain America: The Winder Soldier has been grabbing headlines on a nearly-daily basis these past couple weeks - with new trailers, posters, and/or TV spots dropping wherever you turn to look - as we move closer and closer to its Spring release date.
However, the latest preview (a Fandango exclusive) might be the most exhilarating teaser released for the Captain America sequel thus far - which is saying something. It begins with a truncated version of a sequence glimpsed in previous trailers - where Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) lead a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. employees to infiltrate a ship of hostage-taking pirates; much sick, butt-kicking and fighting commences.
Both that extended Cap 2 clip and the conventional trailer montage that follows after very much suggest that The Winter Soldier will play out like the political action/thriller we've been promised - albeit, one that just happens to feature superheroes like Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) battling a dangerous international foe, instead of a more traditional U.S. government agent heading into the fray (a la Jack Ryan).
Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo come from a comedy upbringing (on TV shows like Arrested Development and Community), but it seems that on their first of possibly multiple Marvel films, the pair will prove adept at staging massive action set pieces and close-quarter hand to hand combat sequences. It probably didn't hurt that the duo collaborated with cinematographer Trent Opaloch, who also shot the well-coordinated action scenes for Neil Blomkamp's sci-fi flicks District 9 and Elysium.
Beyond that, there are hints that the Winter Soldier script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely - co-writers on Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor: The Dark World - will not only handle Steve's ensuring moral/ethical dilemma with care, but also remember to continue his emotional arc where it was left off during The Avengers.
That includes what may be a tear-inducing (at the least, heartstring-tugging) reunion with an old acquaintance, whose voice can be heard in the latest preview. Spring can't get here soon enough...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in U.S. theaters on April 4th, 2014.