‘Captain America’ Trailer: Steve Rogers, Frustrated Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Photo Credit: Marvel)
World War II and the threat of HYDRA seem like simple challenges compared to the morally compromised modern world on display in the first trailer for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," next spring's Marvel movie that puts the red, white and blue hero front and center.
Except the red, white and blue has faded a bit — not just in Cap's sleeker, sexier and inevitably darker costume but in the America he has sworn to protect, one where "disorder and war" is just one step away. Back in WWII, there were the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys'; today, the defenders of the country, particularly the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., seem to follow a more complicated and perhaps corrupt code of ethics, one enforced by Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford, perhaps playing an upgraded variation on his "Spy Game" character).
"To build a better world sometimes means turning the old one down ... and that makes enemies," says Pierce to the troubled Steve Rogers, who now officially joins the ever-growing ranks of haunted and deeply conflicted superheroes in this entry.
What's more sinister is Rogers clashing with his superior officer, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). Jackson's got the crazy eye (emphasis on just the one eye) as he targets his trademark Sam Jackson glare in Cap's direction, delivering pop comic book philosophy such as "S.H.I.E.L.D. protects the world as it is, not as we'd like it to be" as if it were a grave threat. Later, we hear Fury warn Cap, "You need to keep both eyes open" (haha), hinting that the S.H.I.E.L.D. bigwig might actually be something of an antagonist in this one — and one who gets seriously hurt as the vehicle he's driving gets blown onto its back later on.
The trailer's not all doom and gloom, though: This is a Marvel movie, after all, and it's the sense of humor in the face of danger that often makes these comic book adventures even more thrilling. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) is in the background for most of the trailer, though she does open it with some witty Joss Whedon-ish banter about dating, with Cap claiming his Saturday night is open because "all the members of my barbershop quartet are dead." Cap also gets a particularly badass moment when he takes out an elevator full of what appear to be a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. suits in about two seconds flat.