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Captain America, Agents of SHIELD and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

John and I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night. I have to say, I didn’t expect to really like this movie. I didn’t like the first Captain America movie and was worried that this new one would carry through a lot of the same stuff that didn’t quite sit right with me. For someone who isn’t American, it’s hard to relate to a movie where the majority of it is all about American patriotism. So I’m glad this one wasn’t Americans battling the bad non-American guys, but was much more about the good guys battling the bad guys, no matter what their nationality is.

That, plus Steve Rogers just seems a little too bland. Maybe I haven’t read the right comics, or seen the right cartoons, but he seems too ideal, and like he has very few flaws. He’s boring.

Or at least that’s what I thought previously. He still seems too perfect, but this movie seemed to show that he had a bit more humour, and showed better (and growing) relationships with other people.

Overall, the movie was really enjoyable. Action packed and fast paced, with a cast of phenomenal actors. It didn’t feel nearly as long as it was, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of the Captain.

But what stood out for me was the fact that, for the most part, normal humans were the heroes.

Yay Heroes Without Super Powers!

Captain America Black Widow PosterWhile this was a Captain America movie, he wasn’t battling the bad guys on his own – he had help from a group of awesome supporting characters, all of whom were regular humans.

Aside from the Captain and the Winter Soldier (and the scene after the credits) we didn’t see anyone with more than human powers and strength in this movie. They were humans relying on their own strength, skills and resources to take down HYDRA! I mean, I’m all for watching people or beings who have magical or supernatural skills defending the earth, but when it’s humans taking care of our world, it gives us a bit more of a reason to get behind the protagonists, cheer them on, and really feel proud of them!

Plus, Black Widow is Freaking Awesome.

No seriously. I think she’s become one of my top 3 female Marvel characters, along with Kitty Pryde and Emma Frost. Except unlike the other two, she isn’t a mutant. She’s an ex-Russian spy who can kick butt with a serious paste! GO HER!

It also doesn’t help that it’s Scarlett Johanson, and I don’t think I’ve seen a movie of hers that I haven’t liked.

So where does Agents of SHIELD fit in?

In all honesty, one of the main reasons I went to see Captain America is because I wanted to know what the characters were talking about in the past few episodes of Agents of Shield. HYDRA? Nick Fury disappearing? SHIELD compromised?! Say what??

And I’m okay with the fact that this TV show made me go watch the movie, because I ended up really enjoying it. A lot of people seem to have a beef with Agents of SHIELD because it seems to be another vehicle to promote the Marvel movies. Yes, we saw the aftermath of what happened in Thor: The Dark World. We’ve seen Sif. And a whole bunch of what is happening right now is all related to what happened in the Captain America movie.

Another thing people have been complaining about is that the show started slowly. John has told me on a number of occasions that he finds it hard to watch a show with an arc that spans the full season. And I know that with binge watching, it makes it harder to keep track of what’s going on in a show like that, especially when there are huge time gaps between episodes.

But, to the people who aren’t enjoying Agents of SHIELD, I have a two things to say:

  • Hello, Joss Whedon is involved in this show. Joss’s shows have a story arc that spans the entire season. The first bit of the seasons are often slow. The first bit of the first season is often extremely slow as you get used to his universe. Remember Dollhouse? Yeah, the first third of the first season sucked. But it was worth it in the end. And Firefly? Would’ve kicked even more arse than it already did if it hadn’t been cancelled. The last bit of this season of Agents of SHIELD has been action packed and really fast paced.
  • Also, what is wrong with this tying in so closely to the movies? How is it any different than companion novels in a series that focus on different characters? Why is it a bad thing if it follows the same events, and is impacted by stuff that happens in the movies, even though it centres around a different group of people? Of course they’re going to cross promote the franchise. And it wouldn’t be realistic if the stuff that happened in the movies wasn’t touched on in the tv show – it would make it seem like big huge events never happened, so the tv show would basically have to take place in a separate universe.

Erm. Long run-on sentence much?

Have you seen the new Captain America movie? Do you plan to?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 8:28 pm April 15, 2014.
Category: Media

  • Mona (Moxie-Dude)

    Definitely on my list now – thanks!

  • Courtney Wilson

    Hope you enjoy it!