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The Case for Captain America

Cap is back, and apparently America – indeed the globe – is happy to see him. Captain America: The Winter Soldier took in more than $300 million worldwide in its debut weekend, a number that nearly matches the entire run of Steve Rogers’ first standalone foray into theaters, 2011’s First Avenger which grossed $371 million worldwide.

The numbers are well deserved. Winter Soldier is superb, a film that transforms the series – and indeed the Marvel cinematic universe – by thrusting Captain American into modern day espionage. It’s an action-intense throwback to 70s political thrillers that, despite its grand ambition, remains surprisingly grounded – that is, as long as you approach the over-the-top action sequences (which are supremely constructed, mind you) with some sense of playfulness.

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