The Marvel Cinematic Universe has more than 20 films and we’re currently in the fourth phase. It all started with 2008’s Iron Man that kicked off the MCU and fans are still grateful for that movie. However, it is still believed that the MCU struggled to find the right tone until Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The majority of the fans claim that it is the best MCU film, and they’re not really wrong. So, let’s see why The Winter Soldier is the best MCU film. Check it out!
Authentic Action Sequences
The Winter Soldier gave us the Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) and we couldn’t ask for more. Sebastian Stan is literally perfect for the role. Now, one thing that the movie got absolutely right were the action sequences. The elevator fight scene between Cap and the agents of SHIELD is still one of the cleanest sequences. Moreover, his fight with Bucky was so visually heavy because it could be seen that Bucky was not holding back his punches.
Best Use of Scarlet Johansson
Honestly, there’s not much you can do in a world full of superheroes, gods, and folks with the means to become powerful. She is mostly a human spy who doesn’t have any sort of superpowers. Hence, she is always sort of undermined in the Avengers movies. But that wasn’t the case in The Winter Soldier. Her skills and strength were used in the right places and the movie showed why she is important to the MCU. Also, she was given some kick-ass lines, right?
A Long-Lasting Effect On The MCU
One can easily say that some of the Iron Man films were all about Tony’s character development and not the MCU overall, well, generally. But The Winter Soldier gave us Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. The movie had such a long-lasting impact on the film that Sam Wilson is now the new Captain America of the MCU and Bucky, who was shown as the Winter Soldier, is now the White Wolf.
Solved MCU’s Villain Problem
The Winter Soldier solved a major MCU problem, and that was of the villains. People were complaining the villains are not interesting enough and they’re solo. However. TWS introduced Bucky as a scary force of nature and showed just how vast the HYDRA was reaching. It had its hands everywhere and the heroes didn’t really have anywhere to go. By making the villains interesting, TWS solved a big problem.
No Stereotypical MCU Humour
MCU is known for humour, which doesn’t always fit well. Sometimes the humour overpowers the seriousness, so, even if the world is ending, it seems like the heroes are just chilling. However, that wasn’t the case with The Winter Soldier. The movie tossed the stereotypical MCU humour into the trash and it finally set the tone for the MCU. The heroes responded appropriately to the situation and it helped enhance the villains.
Captain America’s Character Development
It was with TWS that Steve Roger’s personality really developed as Captain America. From being the symbol of the entire nation he went to begin a fugitive. By putting Steve in such a mix, the movie introduced a whole new side of him where he had to make some really tough choices. It showed more of a human side of him. For example, he missed that HYDRA was taking over the entire SHIELD, and how he thrived to save Bucky even after the horrible things he had done. So, is TWS your favourite MCU film? Let us know in the comments below!