‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ trailer teases action, intrigue

Oct. 24, 2013 | 10:16 a.m.

A new trailer for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers caught in a web of intrigue.

The much-hyped trailer was slated to be released on iTunes on Thursday morning, but after technical difficulties on that site, many fans turned to the British version found on MarvelUK’s YouTube channel. That trailer (watch it below) runs 2½ minutes and teases plenty of action, conspiracy and clever banter between Captain America and his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues, with a smattering of the previously released Comic-Con International and D23 footage.

The trailer opens mid-air, with the Cap (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), aboard a jet.

“Do anything fun Saturday night?” Widow asks.

“Well, all the guys in my barbershop quartet are dead, so, no, not really,” Cap quips before jumping off the plane without a parachute.

The trailer features a glimpse of Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce (head of S.H.I.E.L.D.), who tells Rogers, “Captain, to build a better world sometimes means tearing the old one down.”

Explosive action is abundant throughout, with plenty of shooting, fighting and even what appears to be the destruction of the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier. The trailer also offers a look at Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Steve Roger’s pal-turned-foe, first introduced in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and Anthony Mackie as the Falcon.

Samuel L. Jackson’s eye patch-wearing Nick Fury also makes an appearance, alluding to what is bound to be a central theme in the “Captain America” sequel.

“We’re gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen,” Fury says.

“I thought the punishment usually came after the crime,” the Cap retorts.

“S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be,” Fury argues.

“This isn’t freedom,” Cap responds.

The film’s directors, Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, said at Comic-Con that they derived “Winter Soldier’s” tone from 1970s political thrillers. The Captain is still adjusting to the modern world after his 65 years frozen in the Arctic.

“It’s not so much about his shock with tech,” Evans said at the time. “It’s more about the societal difference with the ‘40s to today. I think he comes from a world where the people were more trusting .… The world today, it’s harder to know who’s right and who’s wrong.”

Evans mentioned that the compromise of civil liberties in the name of protecting the public is “harder for him to swallow.”

The film will adhere closely to writer Ed Brubaker’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” comic book story line, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said.

In addition to Evans, Johansson, Redford, Jackson, Mackie and Stan, “The Winter Soldier” also stars Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp and Hayley Atwell. The film is due in theaters April 4, 2014.

— Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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