S.H.I.E.L.D-ing the Truth [Captain America 2 Press Conference]
America was founded on ideals and certainly a film or rather a person with “America” in his name would deal with the issues surrounding this country that we live in. And that’s indeed the case in this newest Marvel film.
At the press conference we attended for the film a few weeks ago in Beverly Hills, we learned more about the story that Cap and his super hero friends were able to tell in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and it had mainly to do with the current issues of America in the 21st century, namely trust and privacy. In an age where we have seen the problems of who we can trust and the underlying issues of who should know what, it was interesting to learn from the filmmakers and the cast that that was what they wanted to do in this sequel.
“It’s a bit more than a comic book preaching; I’m sure a lot of young people will be surprised when they see the movie that they’ll have to think about something other than what’s going on on screen,” said Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) commenting on political issues addressed in the film. Those issues echo through the film really well and should be evident once you see it as the plot rolls on just like Mr. Jackson said. Not only did the directors want to create the best-ever car chases and choreographed fight scenes in any Marvel film, but they also wanted to tell a story that made a statement on the current issues in America today.It’s a bit more than a comic book preaching…
For Captain America (Chris Evans) in this case, the issues of the past still haunt him in the present even after being away from his beloved nation for 70 years. That haunting is even more evident in his life as he transitions from being a soldier in “the greatest generation” to a more modern-day soldier. Although the world has changed around him, Cap still wants to fight for justice and freedom for the America he loves so much…which still requires trust and knowing what to reveal to who…including S.H.I.E.L.D.
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According the Marvel creative executive Kevin Feige at the press conference, Marvel is very good at “moving the (story) pieces around the board” and taking existing characters and worlds and making them go through different things in every film.
After learning about the central themes, do you expect to see this sequel exceed your expectations? Comment below!