MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE
This past weekend saw The Winter Soldier take the number one spot for a third week in a row. It has to date surpassed 200 million domestically and it shows no real sign of slowing down. It’s a long way off The Avengers (623 million) but it may end up being either the 2nd or 3rd highest grossing film that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe when all is said and done. There has been nine films thus far. Let’s take a look at how I rank them and see if you agree.
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier –The best of the sequels to date. And very close to being the best of them all. Unlike all the others, TWS has a sense of reality between its conspiracy theories, government overreach and military involvement. Certainly relevant topics given today’s paranoid world. The pacing and the action is spot on and Chris Evans just continues to shine in the title role. Joining Captain America’s quest for the truth is Scarlett Johansson once again as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and newcomer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka Falcon. All three put on worthy performances. Most notably Mackie. Screen legend Robert Redford gives a solid performance as Alexander Pierce a senior leader at S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sebastian Stan does a solid job as The Winter Soldier/James “Bucky” Barnes.