Admittedly, I never felt too outraged over the ending of last summer’s ‘Man of Steel.’ (Yes, there will be major spoilers ahead.) The complaints over Superman breaking the neck of his foe were certainly valid – therefore changing the very definition of the character – but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the film. That changed after seeing ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’
ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, NBC's 'Constantine' TV series reveals some tantalizing details, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' builds the path to 'Avengers 2,' and a young Riddler journeys to FOX's 'Gotham.'
As its title implies, 'Captain America 2' is largely inspired by Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting's celebrated, Eisner-award winning comic book storyline "The Winter Soldier." Although ultimately very different from what transpires in the big screen version, the broad strokes remain the same: Steve Rogers finds himself hunting, and being hunted by, a ruthless assassin who may or may not be his supposedly dead best friend, Bucky Barnes.
The movie uses Brubaker's Captain America run to fuel the first half of the film and provide an antagonist who can serve as an emotionally hard-hitting threat to the star-spangled Avenger. However, while it's the most obvious, it's not the only Marvel comic run heavily quoted in the film. There's another acclaimed comic series that not only informs the biggest twists of 'Captain America 2,' but suggests what crazy new direction the Marvel cinematic universe is heading toward on both the big and small screens.
There's no getting around it: Iron Man is the most popular of the Avengers. Just look at the box office. 'Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' both broke $300 million at the domestic box office and 'Iron Man 3' passed $400 million. Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark didn't just put Marvel Studios on the map, he's pretty much kept it on the map. It's safe to say that 'The Avengers' did as well as it did because Iron Man was front and center on all of the posters. People love Iron Man and that's okay.
But, while he's the most popular, he's not the best Marvel cinematic superhero. That honor belongs to Captain America.
When Chris Evans went on 'The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon' to plug his work in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' the last thing he probably expected was to be forced into a twisted take on the 'Newlywed Game' with his brother, Scott. But Evans played along, sharing a few hilarious stories and putting his brotherly bond to the test on live television!
This week, you will spend the money you earned as your salary and you will exchange that for a ticket (or maybe more than one ticket if you’re taking a friend and you happen to be nice or rich!) to see ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Who is the Winter Soldier? Why does he get to be in the title of a Captain America movie? Is the Winter Soldier nice? Would he pay for your ticket to see ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’? As a service to you – and only you – we answer every question that you could possibly have about ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’
There are two reasons why superheroes tend to change their costumes every time a sequel rolls around: (A) it gives the filmmakers a chance to put their own unique stamp on them, and (B) it means they can release a new action figure. Thanks to video from the set of 'The Avengers 2,' we've already seen what Hawkeye's new outfit looks like and received our first look at the costumes for the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but today brings a look at Captain America's new getup.
Marvel is super busy in the poster department today: we've got not one, but two brand-new posters for 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' and both are pretty interesting for different reasons. First up is an art poster Marvel commissioned from Paolo Rivera, featuring the entire cast, and we've also got a look at star Emily VanCamp as Agent 13, who received her very own character poster!
Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' took a break from its usual Tuesday airing to bring us 'Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe,' ABC's TV special recounting the tale of the comic movie studio's journey through the first 'Iron Man' to the impending 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and beyond! Want to know what we saw from the future of 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy, 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron,' 'Ant-Man' and the rest of Phase 3?