If I was to choose one word to describe the ninth installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe I would chose EPIC. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a game changing movie in every sense of the word. It is not only a follow up to the largely successful Captain America: The First Avenger and Joss Whedon's phenomenal ensemble picture, The Avengers, but it is the third picture in Marvel's Phase 2 which also included Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World. As with Marvel's Phase 1, the events in each picture have a direct correlation to Marvel Cinematic Universe which will ultimately lead us to The Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2016.
We continue the story of Steve Rogers (Evans), also known as Captain America, two years after the events of New York. Steve now resides in Washington DC, where, along side fellow Avenger Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Johansson), he works for Nick Fury (Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. The events of New York have had a direct impact on Rogers psyche and have allowed for the continued struggles that have plagued Steve Rogers to maintain a normal life. We open with Cap and Natasha on a mission with a S.H.I.E.L.D commando squad as they attempt to complete a mission of saving hostages on a sea freight carrier. As the mission takes shape, Cap realizes not everything is as it appears.