Captain America:
The Winter Soldier

By Francis Coghlan, Jack Hanlon, Yveder Joseph, Serena Mower, and Ethan Reed



"For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture; it also means that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities. That becomes clear when Director Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organization. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar." [1]

Movie Maker's Intent

The motive and main message behind the film can be described best through a quote from Captain American himself in regard to Project Insight, in which he stated that “this isn’t freedom, this is fear”. Cap knew at heart that the global security system and misuse of private information was wrong, even if the intentions were good, and like the majority of the world would, opposed the idea of Project Insight. The movie, as stated by directors Joe and Anthony Russo, was influenced by the recent Snowden leaks, as well as the general geopolitical climate at the time: preemptive attacks on foreign nations, unmanned drone strikes, large scale global surveillance, lack of global privacy, and other similar topics [2]. Unlike the vast majority of other Marvel films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was political, meant to reflect the present-day anxieties in the audience, especially after the NSA leaks [3].