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Countdown to ENDGAME | Captain America: The Winter Soldier


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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a wonderful movie, not simply a great superhero movie. Part political potboiler, part thriller, the movie only suffers form a bit of silliness with a time lock plot in the third act that draws things out a bit unnecessarily.

That, however, is a small complaint and the action and pathos of the film are complex and compelling.

All of this happens while a massive amount of world building is taken care of as well.

And it has Robert Redford in a tremendous role as the morally ambiguous Alexander Pierce.

Any list of the top five Marvel movies must include Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

When I reviewed Captain America: The Winter Soldier when it was released, I may actually have been too harsh only giving it FOUR AND A HALF SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITS out of a possible FIVEUpon further review, it may deserve five.


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • Sam Wilson, The Falcon
  • Bucky Barnes reintroduced as The Winter Soldier
  • Brock Rumlow, Crossbones
  • Sharon Carter, Agent 13

CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:

  • The destruction of SHIELD will leave the world all the more vulnerable to invasion by the forces of Thanos.
  • Stephen Strange is mentioned by Hydra agent Jasper Sitwell. He is, of course, Doctor Strange, and he was featured in Avengers Infinity War.
  • The post credit sequence features Baron Strucker (a Hydra operative) and future Avengers Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The Scarlet Witch, in particular, featured in Captain America: Civil War and was on Avenger on the run in Infinity War.
  • Bucky is a MAJOR player in Captain America: Civil War and has shown up in… other places in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. He was in the post credit sequence of Black Panther and featured – a bit – in Infinity War.

AVENGERS | ENDGAME IS COMING

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Countdown to ENDGAME | Thor The Dark World


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THOR | THE DARK WORLD

Thor The Dark World

Thor the Dark World is not a very good superhero movie. It is not a very good movie overall, actually, and I think I missed that fact when I first saw it because I was simply too amazed that Thor was getting a second film. I am still amazed by that.

The film is uneven. The tone flips wildly between grand seriousness and slapstick comedy. It attempts to recapture the fish-out-of-water conceit of the first movie, this time taking Jane Foster to Asgard as the self-safe fish. It wastes great performances (and a few good ones). It is just about everything we have come to hate about superhero films: set pieces that exist because they look cool (floating semi trucks, anyone?), battles that rage on and on, an unsatisfying concluding fight between hero and villain.

Thor The Dark World just does not work. And it has not aged well at all. And the CGI is bad. And… well, you get the picture.

However, it does do some critical world building for Avengers Infinity War.

When I reviewed Thor The Dark World four years ago, I was way too forgiving – somehow in a haze of excitement about superhero movies that had not waned as yet, I gave it FOUR HAMMER TOSSES out of a possible FIVEAs I noted, that’s far too generous.


KEY INTRODUCTIONS:

  • The Collector

CONNECTION(S) TO INFINITY WAR:

  • The Aether is revealed to be one of the Infinity Stones that Thanos used to destory half of all life in Infinity War. It is the Reality Stone.
  • Taneleer Tivan, the Collector (played by Benicio del Toro) is introduced when Volstagg and Lady Sif deliver the Aether to him. I was surprised to see him in Infinity War!
  • Volstagg confirms that the Tesseract from Avengers is itself and Infinity Stone – the Tesseract is the Space Stone.
  • Thor has returned, permanently it seems, to Earth at the end of the film so he will be on hand for Avengers Age of Ultron. 

AVENGERS | ENDGAME IS COMING

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