This is not promising — at all.
Planned to hit the big screen in the spring of 2014, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s 2005 story arc. It should come to no surprise to fans, then, that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige describes the tone of the film as being a “political thriller.”
“If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did,” Feige says, speaking to Variety on the larger issue of the continued popularity of comic book films, “because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them. Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.”
Now I’ll say that Marvel has earned a huge benefit of the doubt with their recent spate of superhero movies, but the description of the Captain America sequel as a “political thriller” sounds suspiciously like “liberal sucker punch”. Two words: Action film. Don’t screw it up.