It seems as if everyone wants to tiptoe around spoilers, but once a blockbuster screens for critics, its open season on plot details. Such is the nature of this latest television ad for Captain America: The Winter Soldier that pits our intrepid Avenger against not just The Winter Soldier, but according to this clip, S.H.I.E.L.D. itself.

That's right. Cap has gone rogue, and Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce is on the hunt for the hero. And it looks like they are going to spare no bullet: man, imagine being a cop and having to shoot at Captain America.

This clip barely shows the super soldier in costume, instead emphasizing that he’s a common man wanted by authorities, and that the villainous Winter Soldier is in league with an extremist faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. that takes the organization over. Extrapolating from this footage (which is also weirdly light on Black Widow), it appears Cap, the Widow, the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Nick Fury form a splinter cell to suss out the cancer that’s rotting the nation’s top spy agency from the core. Of course, maybe that’s all selective editing, but that ad is really well put-together as far as suggesting ideas and concepts that may or may not appear in the finished film.

Like here, where Redford dares to call Cap a fugitive!

Captain America a Fugitive

It also shows our hero going on the offensive, which may be unusual to fans of the movies, but isn’t a new concept as far as the comics. Cap frequently questioned and challenged the government, to the point where he would often step down from his post as a star-spangled hero in protest. Of course, the government would try replacements, none of which went well: perhaps that’s where the sequel will lead?

Check out Cap under fire from S.H.I.E.L.D. and its forces:

Captain America Under Fire

If anything, ads and trailers like this seem to suggests that, while Cap clearly survives, things will not be good between himself and the agency. Given that the film is leading into Avengers: Age of Ultron, that superhero team-up sequel could start with Cap and Black Widow leading covert lives off the grid. There’s a Marvel DVD one-shot in that, certainly.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th. Afterwards, Chris Evans’ Cap will pop up in next year’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron, followed by a Captain America 3. Beyond that, he’ll probably show up in a third Avengers, but that might just be it for the hero. Which might be good news for the bad guys, because they often look like this when Cap's done with them.

Captain America Fallen Villains

Stay tuned, and watch the latest trailer while you wait:

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