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Marvel Studios has been working hard to put out good stuff for years, but they truly stepped up their game earlier this year with the release of Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Not only was the film yet another thrilling chapter in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe - moving the world forward in a fascinating way - it was also an incredibly well-executed political thriller that just happen to have comic book characters playing out the roles of heroes and villains. It remains one of the best reviewed titles of the year, and is still the most successful domestic release of 2014, even after almost the entire summer season has passed. It's actually a challenge to really say anything too negative about the film - and working towards that end, the long-running series Honest Trailers has admitted defeat.
With Captain America: The Winter Soldier coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon, Screen Junkies has launched the latest installment of their viral comedy series trying critique its biggest flaws - and the Marvel film proved to be a serious challenge. As you'll see watching the video above, there is a point where the usually tough-as-nails narrator admits that Captain America 2 is just a thoroughly great movie. That said, the trailer does do its fair share of nitpicking, and actually makes a point that I never noticed before.
As seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, HYDRA didn't actually become a self-sustaining organization separate from Nazi Germany until after Red Skull found he was able to successful harness the power of the Tesseract, giving him arms superiority. The evil organization lost the powerful device (later revealed to be an Infinity Stone) thanks to the valiant efforts of Captain America back in 1942, and it was eventually recovered by S.H.I.E.L.D. a few decades later. As the video notes, if HYDRA was so deeply embedded within S.H.I.E.L.D., why didn't they make a play for the device? You'd think that they would want to control it just for the symbolic value - not to mention the fact that it would give them the capability to once again rise as a super power. Hell, maybe it would even give them a way to try and bring Red Skull back!
I'm sure there's a No Prize explanation out there that could clean the whole thing up.
Nitpicking aside, you can enjoy Captain America: The Winter Soldier once again now, as the film has been released for digital download, but for those of you who want a physical copy, you'll be able to find Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film in stores on September 9th.