Chris Hanna

Captain America Winter Soldier_Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson

Always a groomsman, never a groom.

Even in his own film, Captain America plays second (or third or fourth) fiddle to more interesting characters. I will say that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a marked improvement over 2011’s The First Avenger, and it’s the best post-Avengers Marvel film, though Iron Man 3 and the Thor sequel didn’t set the bar quite as high as they could and should have. The Winter Soldier is more fun and also attempts to paint Cap a.k.a. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as a more independent and confident superhero this time around. It mostly works, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo have surrounded Captain America with characters more charismatic than him. The story in The Winter Soldier never feels entirely Captain America’s. He’s doing things for Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and SHIELD and with Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson, as magnetic as…

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