THE COLLISION: Episode 82 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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This week on The Collision, we’re joined by JoBlo.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Shirey to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Paul and I liked the film a lot, but Adam thought it was only “fine”, which led to a spirited discussion about the merits and shortcomings of the movie.  We also talk about comparisons to the comics, where the character might be headed, the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Noah and Religion in Film”), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

What Did You Think about CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER?

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to a huge $10.2 million box office last night, and I imagine some of you contributed to that.  The film has received rave reviews (from me included), and now we want to hear what you thought about the flick.  You’ve seen all the marketing, read all the coverage, and heard all the buzz.  Now it’s time for you to sound off.

Leave your thoughts about Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the comments section and please be respectful.  Healthy discussion is good; personal attacks are bad.  You can also find links to our recent coverage after the jump.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review

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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.

Composer Henry Jackman Talks CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, His Influences, WRECK-IT RALPH 2, THE INTERVIEW, and More

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British composer Henry Jackman is one of Hollywood’s hottest composers.  He recently created the exciting score for the Marvel thriller, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which continues the adventures of Steve Rogers aka Captain America who’s now finding his place in the modern world.  Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film brings the timeless character into the present day and is a much more contemporary and grounded superhero story this time around.  Jackman received a BAFTA nomination this year for his critically acclaimed score for Captain Phillips, and his past credits include X-Men: First Class, Wreck-It Ralph, G.I. Joe Retaliation, and This Is the End.

In an exclusive interview, Jackman talked about his collaborative process with the Russo brothers, how he crafted the sound for the main themes for Cap, Winter Soldier and Hydra, the single note he received from Marvel CEO Kevin Feige, what it’s been like working with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on their upcoming comedy The Interview, what he’s heard recently about the Wreck-It Ralph sequel, how his process changes from live-action to animation, how his roots helped develop him artistically, his musical inspirations, his invaluable apprenticeship with Hans Zimmer, and the art of scoring music to picture and telling a story that images alone cannot.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

Retro-Style Poster for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Captain America (Chris Evans) may be out of the 1940s and in the present day, but his latest adventure, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has still gotten a retro-style poster.  Even though you’ll probably never see this poster in a local multiplex, it’s a nice way of conveying that while Cap is a brave new world of subterfuge and intrigue, he’s still the good-hearted guy with the old-fashioned values.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Judging by the enthusiastic response thus far, Captain America: The Winter Soldier might be the best Marvel movie yet.  Personally, I couldn’t be more excited.  Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite movie of Phase One, I think Chris Evans is perfect as the character, and I just love his honest, moral compass, which was so easily boiled down to “I don’t like bullies” in the first film.  But now the stakes have been significantly raised as he’s not only in a new time period, but also working with an organization that doesn’t quite share his values.  I’m not surprised the film’s getting a lot of love, and I can’t wait to see it for myself.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 10 pairs of passes to the Atlanta screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters in 2D, 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 4th.

Watch: 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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The release of Marvel’s latest picture, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is imminent, and to make the wait slightly easier (or possibly harder), the studio has released an extended reel of behind-the-scenes footage.  If you’re curious how one of these massive Marvel tentpoles gets put together, this is an opportunity to be a fly on the wall as directors Joe and Anthony Russo craft the Captain America follow-up.  The story finds Chris Evans’ Cap teaming up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Hit the jump to watch the footage, which includes plenty of looks at Falcon.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on April 4th.

New Featurette and Character Posters for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Marvel has released a new featurette and character posters for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  The story has Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) teaming up to face off against an assassin known as “The Winter Soldier” (Sebastian Stan).  The featurette focuses on new character Sam Wilson (a.k.a. The Falcon), who can fly around and fire automatic weapons like a badass.  Anthony Mackie, who received high praise from early reactions to the film, plays Falcon, and I look forward to seeing the talented actor get some more recognition.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and the stylized character posters.  The film also stars Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

New Clips from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Clips from two highly anticipated superhero sequels have been released online.  First up, a new clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier features neither Captain America nor the Winter Soldier, as we instead see a discussion between Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Robert Redford’s character, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  If you’re itching to see the titular duo, though, check out yesterday’s clip.  Early reactions to the film have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m eager to see how Redford fits into the overall Marvel universe.  You’ll also want to stick around after the credits to see a scene directed by Joss WhedonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

Additionally, two new clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released, just a day after the debut clip came online.  These two new clips feature, alternately, a scene between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone), and a scene between Peter and Harry (Dane DeHaan).  They’re both quite character-centric, which is promising.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd.

Chris Evans Is in Hot Pursuit in First Clip from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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The first, overwhelmingly positive reactions to Marvel’s sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrived last night, and now Disney is taking advantage of that buzz by releasing the first clip from the pic online.  Described as a “political thriller” and directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film finds Captain America (Chris Evans) joining forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  In this debut clip, we see Cap chasing down the titular baddie through an office building.  It shows off the kind of smaller-scale action that the thriller genre offers, and at one point I half-expected Evans to shout “Parkour!”

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Receives Ecstatic Reactions on Twitter

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Last night, Captain America: The Winter Soldier played for press in Los Angeles, and while full reviews are embargoed until March 20th, reporters were free to tweet out their reactions.  We’ve collected some of those tweets, and the praise was effusive.  Steve was among those who saw the film, and tweeted afterwards, “The CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel blew me away. Movie has a fantastic script, amazing action, and great character moments. Just about perfect.”  Earlier this morning, he added “if you missed tweets from last night: CAPTAIN AMERICA sequel is fantastic on every level. Fanboys and casual moviegoers are going to love it” and “until I see it again I won’t say exactly how it compares to other Marvel films, but it’s easily one of the best they’ve ever done.”  Captain America: The First Avenger is my favorite movie of Phase One, and it’s wonderful that the sequel is receiving such high praise; now it’s up to the rest of us to try and keep our expectations in check.

Hit the jump to check some more Twitter reactions.  The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernández, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. JacksonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4th.

New Featurette and TV Spot for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie

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Disney has released a new featurette and TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and about half of it is comprised of new footage.  In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  The movie continues to look good, the buzz is strong (so strong that they’re bringing back directors Joe and Anthony Russo for Captain America 3), and April 4th can’t get here soon enough.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette and TV spot.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano HernándezCaptain America: The Winter Soldier will open in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.

New Poster for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Featuring Chris Evans

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Marvel has released a new poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In the sequel, Captain America (Chris Evans) joins forces with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to expose a conspiracy, fight off professional assassins, and battle a new enemy, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Grillo, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, and Maximiliano Hernández also star.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in 3D on April 4.  Check out the poster after the jump.

First NINJA TURTLES Trailer to Debut with CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

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Production took place on director Jonathan Liebesman’s (Battle: Los Angeles) upcoming Ninja Turtles early last year, but we still have yet to see so much as an official image from that film.  That is poised to change very soon, as producer Galen Walker has revealed on his Facebook (via CS) that the first trailer for the film will debut in front of Captain America: The Winter Soldier when the Marvel film opens on April 4th.  Not much is known about the plot of Ninja Turtles, but the titular turtles are being created using performance capture technology with Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard, and Noel Fisher assuming the physical roles.  Produced by Michael Bay, the cast also includes Megan Fox as April O’Neil, William Fichtner as Shredder, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, and Will Arnett in an as-yet undisclosed role.

It’ll certainly be interesting to get a first look at this film, especially since we have no idea what kind of tone Liebesman has struck for the comic book adaptation. Ninja Turtles opens in theaters on August 8th.

ABC to Air Sneak Peek at THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on One-Hour Special MARVEL STUDIOS: ASSEMBLING A UNIVERSE

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All hail corporate synergy!  Because Disney owns ABC and Marvel, next month the network will air a one-hour special, Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe, which “goes behind the scenes of the comic-media empire.”  It basically sounds like an hour-long commercial for their own product, but I doubt fanboys will mind.  The special will provide ‘a “sneak peek” of an undisclosed nature from next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” as well as new footage from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.  There will also be some promotion of the deeply disappointing Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will include footage from upcoming episodes.

Hit the jump for more.  Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe will premiere Tuesday, March 18th at 8:00pm.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th; Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1st; and The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.

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