The 2014 Super Bowl was memorable for a batch of movie trailers which functioned as a series of dynamic previews for some of this year's most anticipated films. (And apparently some kind of football game was played between them.) We saw some amazing new footage for blockbuster releases like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Marvel's third "Phase II" release, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The Super Bowl trailer for directors Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America sequel was quickly followed by an international trailer that matched the domestic spot's eye-popping spectacle and political intrigue. This film, featuring Chris Evans as the All-American Avenger, has been described has having more in common with classic 1970s political thrillers than a superhero film, and so far, these promising trailers have set expectations almost unbearably high.
Now, the first TV spot for The Winter Soldier has been released, which you can watch up above. Not only does it efficiently encapsulate the trailers we've seen into a nice thirty-second package, it features some new footage, as well.
First of all, we can say fairly definitively that it was Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) who was driving the black SUV that the Winter Soldier brought down with some kind of explosive. The previous trailers included footage of Steve Rogers and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) looking on as Fury underwent surgery, and later he's bloody and bruised as well as a shot of him in the car just after the attack, but now we know he was behind the wheel and was likely the primary target.
We also have shots of the Winter Soldier striding through a carnage-induced heat haze, Nick Fury in the throes of either mourning or shame (with the spy of spies, it could even be both), and the Captain as he removes his helmet and faces his adversary head-on.
We've broken down the previous Winter Soldier trailer in great detail and have discussed this and the other Super Bowl trailers in our new video feature analyzing these kinds of previews. The new TV trailer is an epic thirty seconds, packaging the main action beats of the previous spots while giving us something new, even if it's just a few frames.
We have high hopes for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, not the least of which are the ways the sequel will change the Marvel Cinematic Universe even as it leads into the other 2014 Marvel release, Guardians of the Galaxy, and sets up The Avengers: Age of Ultron and beyond.
Stay tuned for more promotional roll-outs as The Winter Soldier's release date nears.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will release on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.