Captain America: The Winter Soldier follows the Captain during his time with S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of the Avengers. He’s become a successful soldier and leader, and is called upon for the most dire situations by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government. But he quickly begins to suspect that everything isn’t as crystal-clear as he hoped and is soon caught in a web of espionage.
This web lays the groundwork for the movie and becomes a pleasant and serious break for the Marvel universe. Captain America: The Winter Soldier firmly places itself in a more serious tone that complements the character and makes it not just an interesting superhero film, but an overall interesting film as well. The story and action is appropriate for Captain America and serves as a legitimate contrast to the more fun-loving and less character-driven movies such as Iron Man.
The story successfully fleshes out multiple characters that were in need of it after the events of The Avengers, especially Captain America. It provides us the first chance to see how the Captain’s morals and character stand up to the 21st century. Captain America stays true to himself and remains a role model for all as he battles throughout to uncover the truth and better the world.