What We Learned From The CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Trailer With 50 Screenshots

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If you’re like me, you’ve watched the Captain America: The Winter Solider trailer a few dozen times since it hit yesterday. There’s a lot to take in from our first official look at the Joe and Anthony Russo directed film. We got a good look at all of our major players and some scenes showing off the sense of scale and the level of action the directing duo are going for. The trailer taught us a lot of things and gave us enough room to speculate on a few things as well. I’ve taken 50 odd screenshots from the 2:17 long trailer and figured I’d point out a few things we learned and insert a little of my own speculation as well. I’m no expert, but I do love comics and watch a lot of shows like Sherlock/CSI/Criminal Minds. I think I can probably piece at least one or two things together. At the absolute least you can come back to the article once the movie comes out and see how much I backtrack on everything I’m writing now. Anyway, let’s dive in.

Yeah, we’ll dissect this scene toward the end of the article but I figured you would want to see the trailer’s money shot in GIF form right off the bat. It’s super awesome and we should bask in its glory for a few seconds. OK then, let’s move on to the trailer analysis.


Steve Rogers started to lighten up and be a little less proper during The Avengers. Since he’s been living in the modern world a little longer and interacting with S.H.I.E.L.D. and our other heroes, it seems he’s going to loosen up a little more. The part about “all the guys in my barbershop quartet” being dead was pretty good, but the whole exchange regarding asking Kristin in statistics out shows Cap is a little less 1940s straight edge and is adjusting to the modern world pretty well.
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The same scene shows us that Cap and Black Widow have probably been going on missions together a couple of times since The Avengers. They have good chemistry with each other, a shorthand almost, that could only come with working together multiple times since he threw her off of his shield onto the Chitauri cruiser.
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Cap is wearing his stealth suit. His shield even gets covered with some darker colors and grays to keep the ol’ red, white, and blue from standing out too much on missions.
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There’s a nice shot of Frank Grillo, who we know will become Crossbones sometime in the near future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s a good guy to start with as we can see, working with S.H.I.E.L.D. on some secret missions and all. He and his friend behind him will pop up in the trailer a little later.
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Steve is talking to Alexander Pierce, as portrayed be the legendary Robert Redford. Pierce is a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. and an old comrade of Nick Fury. Redford has said his part is significant, but he has since backtracked and said it’s small. It sounds like he’s got a pivotal role but they want to keep it a secret for now.
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Here’s Cap and Black Widow in their street clothes in some sort of secret (probably underground) bunker. We know they kind of go rogue in the film, so maybe they’re looking for some S.H.I.E.L.D. secrets and trying to figure out if they can trust Fury and Co.
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Well that looks like an old S.H.I.E.L.D. logo. Looks like an abandoned facility. Cap and Widow must be looking for something super secret and fairly old.
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I’ve got a bad feeling about Pierce. He’s a S.H.I.E.L.D. higher-up and he’s important. You don’t get an office with a view like that for being a small player. The Russo Brothers have called this film a political thriller, and most of those films have people at the top doing something sneaky and oftentimes bad.
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Pierce keeps telling Cap about how the new world works and how things are different now. It sounds like an important piece of dialogue, but I keep getting distracted by the suit. It sure is pretty.
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These next few shots don’t really tell us much, their just nice character images. Here’s Nick Fury.
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Nice hair Natasha. Seems you got a new do since we last saw you.
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What up, Anthony Mackie? We’ll check back in with you when you do something cool after a few more pictures.
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Cap looks conflicted. I think this particular scene comes after the next few images we see where he’s chatting with Nick Fury. This just makes me think this is the scene where Cap begins questioning everything.
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Cap and Fury take an elevator ride to the lower levels of S.H.I.E.L.D. It looks like they’ve gotten a bigger budget since the invasion of New York. Lots of war toys down there.
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Oh yeah, they’ve gotten a bigger budget for sure. Those look liked decked-out Hellicarriers. They’re ready for whatever comes their way. Or are they? Dun-dun-duuuuun
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This is another pic that makes me think something sinister is going on. A shot through the blinds always rings my shady alarm. Pierce and Fury are friends though, so it’s hard to really get a feel on it. My gut is telling me this is no good.
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‘Splosions! The Winter Soldier and his cohorts are blowing cars up on the freeway. We saw these scenes play out in set pictures from filming in Cleveland.
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That’s Nick Fury on that operating table. How did he get hurt? How serious are his injuries? Well we do get a hint a little later in the trailer.
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More Winter Soldier mayhem. He’s packing serious heat and he’s trying to get or destroy something. That car has taken a few hits to say the least.
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Something is about to go down. Looks like S.H.I.E.L.D. is mobilizing and responding to all the trouble and ‘splosions.
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This isn’t freedom, this is fear.Fury is trying to teach Cap the way the world works now, but he’s not buying it. This may be the start of Steve questioning his ties with S.H.I.E.L.D. He’s conflicted. This ties in with several other clips scattered around the trailer.
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S.H.I.E.L.D. Hellicarrier 42 is on the move. They’re responding to something big. I’m sure nothing bad will happen. I mean Hellicarriers are unsinkable, right?
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Elevator fight scene! We’ve heard a lot about this scene from various conventions and trade show footage descriptions. Cap has a elevator full of guys looking to take him out. Wait a second! That’s that one guy and Frank Grillo from the beginning of the trailer! Why would they attack the good Captain? Did Pierce have a hand in it?
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Looks like Steve‘s disguise is a jacket and baseball cap. He appears to be at a museum showing off Captain America‘s many heroic deeds in WWII. We heard he may go to the Smithsonian to liberate a certain something of his. Is this part of that scene?
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More ‘splosions and Cap escapes relatively unharmed. Black Widow wasn’t so lucky.
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Seriously Pierce, you’re making my shady/creepy alarm go off. I think there’s more to you than you’re letting on.
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Hand him his special gun. The Winter Soldier needs to do some more damage. Nameless goons, stand aside and let the man work.
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Nick Fury has a little blood under his nose. Seems he’s going to see some action this time around. Surely it’s over and he’s driving back to the office.
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Well that doesn’t look good. What sort of weapon is that?
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Shiny disk flying toward Fury‘s car? That can’t be good.
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What kind of weapon is that? Is it guided or magnetic? It just jumped right up under Fury‘s car.
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More ‘splosions! Hop Fury is OK. Well…he was having surgery a little earlier. You never know.
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Sidestepping like a boss. The Winter Soldier is an impressive specimen to have reflexes like that.
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Who is that mystery man in the smoke? What is the true identity of the Winter Soldier? You probably know if you’re on a site like this.
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The Falcon all suited up and looking great. That is a very militaristic looking suit and a pretty spiffy wing pack to pull the whole ensemble together.
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Two sub machine guns against a S.H.I.E.L.D. air craft? Fair fight, I guess. He better watch out though. Looks like he’s running out of airstrip. That is a S.H.I.E.L.D. fighter, isn’t it? Why are they attacking Falcon? Cap and Widow go rogue, but how does Falcon get pulled into it? Whatever Cap and Widow find out must be BIG.
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Pop your wings and fly away Falcon. That just looks glorious. The visuals of the Falcon should excite us all. Mackie doesn’t get any lines but he does get some of the best shots in the trailer.
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Winter Soldier vs. Cap. This may well be the first showdown for the two former friends. Neither looks to be holding back. Somebody is getting cut. Fancy knife work Winter Soldier.
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Cap has to take on a fighter jet too. Falcon had wings and machine guns, but Cap only has a motorcycle and a shield. Neither of those jets stood a chance.
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WWII suit is back in action. We heard Cap is getting a few different suits this time around, so it’s nice to see the old red, white, and blue back. I would say this takes place toward the middle or end of the film during one of the big, climactic fight scenes.
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That’s really just a better look at the suit. Nice isn’t it?
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No! Hellicarrier 42 you were supposed to be unsinkable! What in the world could take down a Hellicarrier. The Winter Soldier is pretty good, but is he that good?
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Well the unsinkable Hellicarrier is sinking.
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Oh boy! This is the final scene in the trailer and it is spectacular. Cap is giving chase.
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He stuck the landing and is ready to throw his might shield at his adversary. Cap never misses.
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He used to be a villain until he took a shield to the face.
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Winter Soldier is an excellent athlete, and may even be better than Steve with his Super Soldier enhancements, juding by just this scene. Look at that battlefield presence. He’s turning around in mid run.
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Get that weak stuff out of here! Winter Soldier catches the shield in mid flight. Of course he has to use his cybernetic arm, but that’s impressive. Their eyes meet across the rooftop. Does Steve know who is behind the mask? This opponent will be a worthy adversary for Captain America. He’s good, but is he better than our hero?
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One final look before the entire things ends. Does Steve know at this point in the film?
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I guess we’ll find out next year.
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