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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer Breakdown

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On October 24th, Marvel Entertainment released the first official trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The general critical consensus is that it “looks awesome.” There are explosions, fighting, explosions, conspiracy, explosions, a dude with wings, and, most importantly, explosions.

So let’s break it down.

 

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Just another casual day. Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) is trying to set Captain America (Chris Evans) up on a date. There’s a moment here where Captain America makes a joke about all his friends being dead that seems a bit out of character.

 

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Followed by Cap jumping out of the quinjet they’re on after protesting he’s too busy to date.

 

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S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Jack Rollins (Callan Mulvey) and Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) watch on, Rollins shocked that Cap didn’t take a parachute with him. In the comics, Brock Rumlow is a villainous mercenary called Crossbones who frequently works for Captain America’s nemesis, the Red Skull. Jack Rollins was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who was killed in the only issue he ever appeared in.

 

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Cap meets with Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) to listen to him talk about building a better world by tearing down the old. Comics Alexander Pierce was an idealistic S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, but the character here seems to be a bit more sinister and politically motivated.

 

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Widow and Cap explore an abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. facility.

 

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Old school S.H.I.E.L.D. logo!

 

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Captain America takes what Pierce is saying very seriously. Also, it’s a really good look at Cap’s new uniform, which is way better than the one he had in The Avengers.

 

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Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) takes everything very seriously.

 

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Also serious: Black Widow.

 

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And The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) apparently.

 

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Cap watches a satellite display of missiles hitting targets.

 

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Fury shows Cap around the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where he keeps all his toys.

 

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Two helicarriers! The 42 on the side of one seems like it might be a deliberate reference to the comics’ prison 42 from the Civil War storyline.

 

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Fury and Pierce attempt to out shady one another.

 

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The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) watches an explosion in the streets.

 

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Widow and Cap look on as someone — Nick Fury? — is in intensive care.

 

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A very determined Captain America looks like he’s about to go beat some folks with his shield.

 

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A quinjet flying around the interior of Nick Fury’s toy box.

 

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Fury tells Captain America that, “We’re gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.” Which is a really ominous thing to say. You’d think a master manipulator like Fury would be smart enough to not say it to the guy who stands for truth and decency and apple pie. I understand that Fury needs to be a shady guy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a bit on the nose and obviously a story justification as to why Captain America could be seduced by Alexander Pierce’s talk of creating a better world.

 

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Some threats Fury didn’t manage to neutralize. You can see the Winter Soldier leading these dudes on the right.

 

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The Winter Soldier rides the hood of a jeep while a car flips up in the air. That big, giant hole in the car’s windshield looks pretty bad for whoever was driving.

 

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The Winter Soldier stalks towards a completely different car, this one smoking and riddled with bullets. What I’m getting here is that the Winter Soldier just really does not like cars.

 

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A roof opens so one of the helicarriers can fly out. Would this be considered a hanger or a dry dock?

 

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Nick Fury and Captain America discuss their philosophical differences.

 

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Who could argue with a face this earnest?

 

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While I’m completely on board with Captain America’s views regarding the merits of an open and transparent government and the presumption of innocence, Fury is winning me over with his giant flying aircraft carriers are awesome platform.

There are actually three helicarriers in this image, 42 is in the centre, and is mostly obscuring 88, both of which we saw earlier, and now there’s 65 in the foreground. It makes me hope the movie at least addresses S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ridiculous operating budget.

 

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A bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including Rumlow and Rollins, get on an elevator with Cap.

 

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He gives them an opportunity to get out…

 

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…and they attack…

 

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…which goes about as well as you’d expect.

 

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He stomps down on the shield to flip it back on to his arm like a boss.

 

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Captain America at the Captain America exhibit in a museum.

 

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High stakes office chase!

 

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Cap in his WWII uniform fighting guys in modern spec-ops or police tactical gear.

 

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Cap shielding Widow from an explosion.

 

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Then he’s carrying her out of some rubble. Probably not the same scene, though. He’s in civilian clothes here, whereas he’s wearing his modern uniform in the previous image, and it seems unlikely that he’d stop to change. It looks like this is more likely a continuation of the previous scene where they were visiting the shuttered S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, as both Widow and Cap are wearing the same outfits.

 

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Alexander Pierce looking very pleased with himself.

 

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Some dudes in tactical gear repelling down the side of a building. It’s not clear of these guys are S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Winter Soldier’s goons or someone else entirely.

 

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Cap taking cover under an overpass.

 

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Explosions!

 

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A really good look at the Winter Soldier’s mechanical arm. It’s not quite as clunky here as it is in the comics which was definitely designed to evoke a ‘90s comics feel. This looks very sleek and flexible.

 

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An already beat up Nick Fury is not liking what he’s looking at.

 

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Which is understandable, because what he’s looking at is the Winter Soldier firing some sort of mine at him.

 

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The mine adheres to the bottom of Fury’s vehicle.

 

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Presumably, this is connected to the earlier image of the Winter Soldier stalking towards a smoking, bullet riddled vehicle on its roof, and Fury in the ICU.

 

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The Winter Soldier unmasked, marching through a haze of smoke.

 

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“Don’t make me angry, Winter Soldier. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.”

 

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Falcon in his wing harness. It’s a bit disappointing that there’s no red in his costume at all. It really makes him look bland and generic. No sign of the comic version’s actual falcon companion, Redwing, either.

 

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This is pretty cool though. A quinjet flies at Falcon…

 

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…he leaps off the side of a helicarrier while shooting at his attacker…

 

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…then does a backflip while extending his wings.

 

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Like a boss.

 

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The Winter Soldier draws a knife to fight Captain America.

 

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Cap comes off a bit overwhelmed here. The Winter Soldier keeps pushing him back even as he does fancy knife flipping moves.

 

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AMERICA!

It looks like Cap just barely escaped on his motorcycle through some closing blast doors.

 

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Black Widow kicks some dude and then falls backwards over a railing.

 

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How much time does S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training program devote to firing two guns while falling?

 

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Captain America vs. a quinjet. This doesn’t look good for the jet.

 

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Different scene. Cap takes a flying leap and then brings his shield down hard on something.

 

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Explosions!

It looks like all three helicarriers here, but it could just be two if one of them separated in the explosion.

 

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In continuation from the image above where Cap was chasing someone through an office building, he smashes through a window and hurls his shield at the guy he’s pursuing.

 

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The Winter Soldier catches the shield and gives you a look that dares you to make fun of his guyliner.

Well, I’m sold. What was your favourite part of the trailer?

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Kyle Rivest

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