Some of the Avengers might be off spending time on their own plots, but for Captain America and Black Widow saving New York from an alien invasion was only the first step. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the two heroes are joined by Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon as they continue working with SHIELD to take down threats to national security.
Anthony Mackie has emphasized that Falcon is not a sidekick for Captain America, and that the three heroes instead have a "working relationship." That definitely comes across in the new TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which splits its focus between the eponymous new antagonist and SHIELD's three very special agents.
The world is certainly going to need them; the TV spot shows the Helicarrier being completely decimated and Nick Fury's bullet-ridden car being flipped over, while the Winter Soldier is described as having "laid waste" to SHIELD. The trailers so far have promised that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will feature some serious ethical dilemmas, as the heroes are forced to decide where their loyalties lie and weigh the up the cost of freedom.
Compared to other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier definitely looks like it will be more grounded (mechanical bird man with dual-firing pistols notwithstanding). It's been described by Kevin Feige as a "political thriller," and in that respect should provide some balance to the franchise after last year's fantastical, sci-fi heavy Thor: The Dark World.
Even with all the footage that has been shown, it's still not easy to work out exactly what direction the story might take, which is refreshing in a time where trailers tend to give away most of the major plot beats. With Marvel's bi-annual release schedule quickly becoming busy with new properties like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, it will be interesting to see how the box office results for Captain America: The Winter Soldier fare by comparison - especially since a third solo vehicle for The First Avenger is already in early development.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters on April 4, 2014.