Captain America: The First Avenger ended with Steve Rogers defeating HYDRA and waking up in the modern day. Captain America barely had a chance to understand what was going on before he was thrust into fighting the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers.
Post the Battle of New York and Phase 1 of the MCU as a whole, the world is aware of potential threats from other worlds, as well as the mightiest heroes Earth has to fight them, but The Avengers are disbanded for now, and Captain America is working for S.H.I.E.L.D, along with spy Natasha Romanov.
The thing is, not only is HYDRA not defeated, they've been infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D over the last fifty years and the measures designed to protect the world from future threats is actually going to be used to annihilate HYDRA opposition. There's only one man who can step up....
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superhero movie, but it's also a brilliant political thriller, and it's this ability to mix the super and the very real fear of oppression and paranoia over drone attacks, surveillance states and conspiracy theories that makes The Winter Soldier sit towards the very top of the best that Marvel Studios have ever released.
It's got great Cap, tense and brilliant choreographed fight scenes, espionage, returning villains, the best Black Widow put to screen and Robert Redford! It's top tier Marvel, imminently rewatchable and gloriously fun.
But wait... that Winter Soldier chap looks familiar....?!?
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