By: Jacob Bailes
America: The Winter Soldier” is
without a doubt the most politically-charged movie released by Marvel. Besides
Stark Industries’ weapons manufacturing for the military in the Iron Man
movies, this is the first to blatantly touch on real life issues. Steve Rogers
(Chris Evans) returns to present day after being frozen for decades in ice at
the end of “The First Avenger.” “The Winter Soldier” resumes from that with him
getting accompanied to the modern world. Rogers
is struggling to adapt to the modern era while working for S.H.I.E.L.D. While
fighting terror, things heat up due to the mysterious Winter Soldier
threatening citizens’ lives and American beliefs. The Winter Soldier is a
brainwashed assassin who executes without thought.
battling the Winter Soldier, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) helps bring them
down by leaking classified information that shows HYDRA’s sinister plans. Nick
Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) secretly gives her missions that Rogers wouldn’t be comfortable with.
Distrust in national surveillance and power being in the hands of just a few are two ways the movie coincides with Edward Snowden providing information that the NSA is spying on us and whether we should sacrifice our freedom for security. Ultimately, the message is that putting trust in an overpowered, centralized government is dangerous and we can prevail without giving up our freedom.The movie is filled with plenty of action and deep, thought provoking storyline. If you haven’t seen it already, I strongly recommend you do. It has an excellent plot and provides a good transition from the first Captain