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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Poster: Red-Stained Shield Needs Polishing

Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster shieldCaptain America: The Winter Soldier poster: New teaser poster reveals that Captain America will carry a red-stained shield

A teaser poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier began circulating online a couple of days ago. Now, what does the poster (see above) have to say about the movie? Well, absolutely nothing. After all, it's only a teaser poster, and everybody already knows that Captain America, in the person of Chris Evans, parades around with a red-white-and-blue shield – though, admittedly, there isn't much red left in the shield above. In fact, the little that remains makes the shield look as if it's all bloodstained and in dire need of some expert polishing.

Needless to say, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a sequel to The Avengers, and, indirectly, to Captain America: The First Avenger. The Captain a.k.a. Steve Rogers has been transported from the World War II era to the early 21st century, and he's still struggling to learn how to navigate the Internet and to understand the concept of global warming and reality TV shows. Other things, however, remain unchanged, i.e., war, famine, epidemics, natural disasters, and all that good stuff. So, whenever the Captain feels nostalgic, all he needs to do is read a newspaper or watch the news on TV (that is, if he can get the remote to work). Else, he can watch a DVD of Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were.

Also for old times' sake, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Captain will come face to face with his old friend Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) – except that Bucky is now a villain: The Winter Soldier. Which makes the punctuation in the film's title a little confusing; after all, Captain America and The Winter Soldier are not one and the same person.

Anyhow, here's wondering who will have programmed poor Bucky to become the much-dreaded Winter Soldier, since the Soviet Menace has gone the way of the 20th century. The little we're told about the upcoming Captain America movie is that the Captain will be battling “a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.” Perhaps one of those people reading your emails and tracking your phone conversations? And that could be just any politician or top-level federal agent.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier release date

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled for release in North America and about a dozen other territories (e.g. Russia, Argentina) on April 3 and 4, 2014. As per the IMDb, the Captain America sequel will reach France on April 16; and Brazil and Germany on May 1, Labor Day.

In addition to Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier features Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Emily VanCamp, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Grillo, Garry Shandling, Georges St-Pierre, veterans Jenny Agutter and Robert Redford (yes, he of The Way We Were), and possibly Stan Lee.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, whose last big-screen release was the 2008 comedy short Carfuckers. The screenplay is credited to Captain America: The First Avenger screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – both also credited for Thor: The Dark World; The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and its sequels; and, gasp, Michael Bay's Pain & Gain.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier poster: Marvel / Walt Disney Studios.

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