New Captain America movie or set up for the Age of Ultron?

April 4, 2014 was marked in my calendar for a very, very long time. Not because it was a Friday, which meant a great weekend, but because “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opened in theaters.

Any Marvel fan out there will tell you that you have to go see the latest movie because it’s incredible, but all the die hard fans will tell you what scenes to look out for because it’s going to set up this, and this, and this in Marvel’s next box office hit.

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With even more action than “Captain America: the First Avenger,” “The Winter Soldier” offers moviegoers a chance to see Steve Rodgers adjusting to live in the 21st century after the attack on New York. Assisted by the infamous Black Widow, Captain America begins to uncover S.H.E.I.L.D’s dark secrets all while facing the mysterious Winter Soldier.

I can’t say anymore without giving huge spoilers, but for any Marvel, Avenger or Captain America fan out there, this movie won’t disappoint.  We find ourselves reacquainted with Agent Hill and Nick Furry and introduced to Falcon, a comedic sidekick character who also happens to save Rodgers behind a few times.

If the little superhero-comic-book-obsessed kid inside you isn’t already screaming, this movie provides plenty of unexpected twists, mentions of the battle of New York, even a look at Rodgers’ past love interest.

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Even if you aren’t a huge Marvel fan, keeping up with each of the characters’ stories leading up to the “Age of Ultron,” the movie provides enough action, humor and thrill to keep the audience intrigued.

My only complaint? Another movie just to lead up to the newest Avengers movie. Poor Steve is never going to get his own movie without having to lead up to Marvel’s next movie investment. It appears as though only Iron Man and the Hulk have had their own separate movie without a mention of the Avengers.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Avengers, but it’d be nice to branch away from the “Marvel curse,” as I refer to it, which are the Superhero movies made only to lead up to a future superhero movie. Unfortunately for Captain America, that is unlikely to happen. With his first movie mainly being the predecessor to “The Avengers,” I find it very unlikely that we’re going to see any of the other Avengers members on their own without a tie into the upcoming and much-anticipated “Age of Ultron.”

So whether you’re a huge Marvel nerd or just really like seeing new movies, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a must see.  Full of intense fight scenes and clever jokes, it makes the whole 2:15 minute movie definitely worth it. And make sure to stay through the ENTIRE credits.

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