So we all saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Seriously, we all saw it.) And we’ve all had a good, long, thoughtful conversation about the deeper themes lingering under the surface of the paranoia-inducing, wiki-leaking, surveillance-state-exploding superhero sequel. But there’s a more obvious thing we need to address — a question hovering over the whole movie that remains unanswered. Captain America. Black Widow. Question mark? READ FULL STORY
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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is the most political (and subversive) superhero movie ever made
We spend a lot of time here on the internet talking about the Meaning of blockbuster movies, attempting to analyze what some new mega-successful PG-13 rated corporate-branded movie says about our culture or the age we live in. We do this maybe because blockbuster movies have become more interested in tackling weighty themes. (9/11 is all over the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and the J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies; conversely, it’s difficult to graft some larger mid-’90s topical narrative onto Star Trek: First Contact or Batman Forever.) But we also do this because blockbuster movies are popular, and it’s fun to use popular things as a prism for understanding the issues of our day. It’s rare for a blockbuster movie to come right out and announce its intentions.
And so I was legitimately shocked and impressed and fascinated when I reached the middle of Captain America: The Winter Soldier — SPOILERS FROM HERE — and got to the scene where the movie clearly states that our modern intelligence apparatus and our whole system of national security was invented by some of the greatest villains of the 20th Century. And worse: Like the vampires of the pre-glitter period, HYDRA was welcomed in by their victims, freely and of their own will. In real-world terms, Winter Soldier basically says that the NSA was invented by Nazis…and that we let it happen, insisted even, giving up our freedom because we were too afraid to do anything else. EW critic Owen Gleiberman pointed out in his review that the villain in Winter Soldier is really the military-industrial complex. And that villain has accomplices, accessories, and henchmen who help the bad guys by doing nothing. To paraphrase Pogo: We have met the enemy, and they is us. READ FULL STORY
Nine films in, the movies released by Marvel Studios comprise an elaborate narrative tapestry, with connections running between films, the short DVD-extra One-Shots, and the rapidly expanding universe of TV projects. The films are purposefully designed to appeal to newcomers. I’m guessing that the vast majority of people who love Iron Man have never read an Iron Man comic book. (Side note: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man is much cooler than pretty much any comic book version of Iron Man.) But speaking as someone who grew up devouring comic books, part of what makes the Marvel Studios films so fun is how they freely pull from several decades of comic book history in composing their big-screen world.
That’s especially true of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a film that takes its name from a mid-2000s story arc, but which contains characters, settings, and stylistic flourishes from throughout Marvel’s history. Winter Soldier also featured an unusual assortment of fan-servicey bits, tantalizing remarks about future Marvel projects, and references to films outside of the Marvel fold, not to mention at least one very savvy use of real-world iconography. The following isn’t just a guide to the tiny details in Winter Soldier; it’s an A-Z reference guide for how the newest Marvel film continues to expand the series’ universe. (Yes, there are spoilers.) READ FULL STORY
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' ending: Explaining the credits scene (and beyond!) -- SPOILERS
Another day, another dollar, another Marvel movie that ends on a high note…and then teases the audience with an epilogue sequence that seems purposefully designed to thrill certain members of the audience while purposefully confusing everyone else. Captain America: The Winter Soldier just hit theaters, and as with all its Marvel Studios kin, the end of the movie is only the beginning…of the post-credits sequence! And the Capquel ended on a particularly fascinating teaser, rife with implications for the future of the Marvel Universe. Let’s take a look at it now, as soon as we get the SPOILER ALERT out of the way. READ FULL STORY
Samuel L. Jackson has been enjoying his time as Nick Fury in the Marvel universe, now appearing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Jackson sat down with Entertainment Weekly editor Matt Bean for a SiriusXM Town Hall and told the crowd about the time he found out what his character’s role in the new Star Wars films would actually be before he even got a script. Jackson also commented on the pros and cons of Twitter, why and how it’s changing the way actors are hired for work in Hollywood, and the fun he has sharing pics from around the world. Watch both clips below: READ FULL STORY
'Captain America: Winter Soldier': Steve Rogers' pop culture 'catch-up' list is different around the world
Imagine that you’ve been frozen in ice for 70 years and woke up to find that everything about the world — including pop culture — had changed. Where would you start? Catch up on Breaking Bad? Marathon every Star Wars film? Read up on Lost in order to argue the merits of a polarizing series finale? (Then again, perhaps reading up on How I Met Your Mother would be more pertinent right now…) READ FULL STORY
Being a superhero isn’t easy.
Chris Evans stopped by the Tonight Show Monday night to discuss how he prepared for his role in Captain America: Winter Soldier. This time around, his training took a different turn. “We tried to do a little bit more gymnastics,” Evans explained with a laugh, before joking, “I had a whole ribbon routine!” READ FULL STORY
Winter is coming? It feels like it never left. Perhaps the chill in the air is lingering for the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, airing April 6. Or maybe it’s sticking around to give us an excuse to check out all of this week’s big TV finales and premieres, like How I Met Your Mother and Inside Amy Schumer.
Either way, here are the excellent reasons to continue hibernating over the next seven days: READ FULL STORY
Just because Chris Evans is a movie star doesn’t mean that’s all he wants to be.
In an interview with Variety, the Captain America star said he will only continue to act under Marvel contract and then wants to get behind the camera and start to direct. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do,” Evans said. “I’ve known for a while I wanted to direct, but [time] never really opens up. There’s another movie to do, there’s another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what — I have to do this.” READ FULL STORY
You’re in my world, now I’m in yours. Crossing over among movies in the world of Marvel seems to be as easy as slicing through a jet plane with your super strong shield.
The much-anticipated premiere of Captain America: The Winter Solider in Hollywood Thursday at the El Captain Theatre came with the blocking of streets, the screaming of fans and a nearly complete turn out of the cast. (Only Robert Redford was absent) But we’re hoping we’ll see him again, in another Marvel franchise, and until then, here are five crossover flashes direct from the red carpet.
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