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If you haven’t turned a pie pan or a trash can lid into a Captain America shield yet while awaiting the release of Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then we at Cinema Blend are sorely disappointed in you. But you still have a week left to get it done, and we have a brand new film clip and featurette for you to watch while showing off your creativity. Don’t blame us if it makes you want to flip a family member or friend over your head though.
Neither one of the videos focuses on Captain America though, and they instead bring Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Winter Soldier himself (Sebastian Stan) to the forefront. Is it a crime against heroism that I’d almost rather watch a movie with just these two characters pitted against each other?
The clip above features Black Widow in the engine room of what is presumably a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship, destroying the intentions and faces of a bunch of bad guys while Cap awaits her radio response. In an acrobatic array of violence, she tases one guy in the neck, breaks another guy’s arm, and makes the last one perform an unwanted summersault over her head and onto his back. And in a moment that truly speaks to Black Widow’s confidence and ego, she declares the engine room secure before delivering her final blow. You just can’t trust some women.
And now onto the behind-the-scenes featurette, which gives Winter Soldier his day in the sun.
Marvel really needs Winter Soldier to kick extreme amounts of ass in this movie, as their rogues gallery is pretty weak, with only Loki standing out as a truly memorable character. But there’s no real reason to believe he won’t be a near-perfect foe for Captain America to face. As Marvel’s Kevin Feige and producer Nate Moore explain in the clip, comic writer Ed Brubaker turned this villain into something iconic by making his secret identity that of Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers WWII best friend and sidekick, as seen in the The First Avenger.
This sequel is something of a standout in comic book adaptations, as it isn’t just about having a super-powerful masked Soviet badass with a metal arm giving Captain America a hard time. It’s about Captain America’s realization that behind that black mask is someone he used to know and trust with his life. It’s the emotions that come with deciding whether the best idea is to destroy him or save him from his evil ways. It's deep, bro.
Which one will he choose? Find out when Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens up nationwide on April 4.