One of the main criticisms leveled against Captain America: The First Avenger was that Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) was simply a “good guy” and therefore didn’t have any deep inner conflict (i.e. baggage). That was one of the things I loved most about the character. He didn’t need some tragic past to let him know that it was good to be good. “I don’t like bullies,” Rogers said in the first film, and that was it in a nutshell: “I don’t like bullies.” The sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, could have made the character more twisted and melodramatic by plunging him into a darker, more complex world. Instead, Captain America isn’t corrupted by the present day. He’s not even tested. His innate goodness is a beacon; it’s a bulwark against corruption. Captain America: The Winter Soldier celebrates the good guy, and when combined with smart commentary, incredible action, and a wonderful sense of humor, it’s the best Marvel movie so far.