The Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer: In Which Cap Discusses the Murky Ethical Underpinnings of the War on Terror

It sure gets complicated, what with all these superheroes zipping around, but here’s the basics: After Avengers, Iron Man had to save the world. On November 8, Thor will save the world. And then, finally, it’ll be Captain America’s turn to save the world. Again.

The last time he was rolling solo, it was 1942 and plucky weakling Steve Rogers had just been turned into a genetically blessed super-soldier. Then life got turned upside down: Cap took a long, cold slumber and woke up in modern-day Marvel Universe America, where the bickering forces of S.H.I.E.L.D. are the only things keeping the world from becoming some evil Chitauri’s vacation home. Nowadays, he’s still kind of a downer; not only did his girlfriend die while he was sleeping underwater, all the guys in his barbershop quartet are gone, too. At least he has a few things to distract him: new sidekicks in Natasha Romanoff and Sam Wilson, better known as Black Widow and Falcon (or ScarJo and Anthony Mackie, if you’re into that whole reality thing); new boss Robert Redford; an unrequited crush from Kristen in S.H.I.E.L.D. Statistics; and, of course, a supervillain to take down. (SPOILER ALERT: It’s his old best buddy Bucky!)

Now let’s take a minute to appreciate Mr. Rogers’s conscience. At one point, Nick Fury tells him “We’re gonna neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen,” and he shoots back: “I thought the punishment usually came after the crime?” Captain America: the world’s unlikeliest anti-drone advocate?

Filed Under: Chris Evans, Marvel, The Avengers, Trailer of the Day

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Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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