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Captain America receives 'Marvel'ous Review

By Spencer Palmer
On April 8, 2014

Grade: A

How many lives does the Cap have? He’s probably used up at least nine of them by now.

After Steve Rogers, aka Captain America (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a team of operatives complete a S.H.I.E.L.D. mission, acquiring mysterious but valuable encrypted data, Rogers confronts Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) about secrets and the true goals of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury shows Rogers some of the secrets, which raises more tough questions.

A short time later Fury is ambushed by a large group of men, including a strange masked man with a metal arm. Later that evening Rogers has a run in with the same masked man, someone who’s so fast and strong that he catches Roger’s shield in flight.

The next day, Rogers debriefs with Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), the head of the World Security Council and friend of Fury. He also starts to befriend a brother in arms, so to speak, in Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).

With the world getting larger and more people added to Roger’s world, the question he has to ask is, “Who do you trust after you were told not to trust anyone?”

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a great movie, another masterpiece to add to the Marvel collection. There are old and new heroes, enemies, allies and technology with a few large surprises along the way.

This isn’t a straight-up action movie. There’s plenty of plot-building and conversation to continue to balance the action and build the story and the universe. The film was fun and full of humor without becoming a comedy. However, when the action got heated, I couldn’t help but ask, “Where is Iron Man?”

I haven’t read the comic books and haven’t watched any episodes of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” so I don’t know if there was anything that carried over into this movie.

The movie holds many lessons for life and for Rogers. No matter how many secrets exist, the past will always come back, and there’s plenty of discovery to be made about the past of Rogers, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Fury. There’s always something bigger going on, and sometimes it gets complicated, which is one of the reasons this movie is so awesome. The Marvel Universe is marvelously expanded, if you’ll excuse the pun.

I definitely recommend “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s one of the best Marvel movies to date.

Spencer Palmer is a graduate student working toward an MBA with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. Email him at or visit his website,

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