The franchise is one of the very few to launch earlier in the UK than America; often, we’re lucky if they arrive on the same day, if not the same month. So it’s always nice to see Marvel consistently releasing the movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe early here.
The studio launched an epic first teaser trailer before the end of last year, raising the anticipation that much further for the third instalment in Phase Two. And with the Super Bowl right around the corner, it will be interesting to see if they debut a Big Game Spot at the event, before launching the first full-length trailer online.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Chris Evans returns in the eponymous lead, with Sebastian Stan now taking on the role of The Winter Soldier, having starred in The First Avenger as Bucky Barnes. Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, and Hayley Atwell complete the ensemble, alongside Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson.
Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood, Arrested Development) direct from a script once more penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World).
The Russo brothers have recently been confirmed as in early talks to return to helm Captain America 3, showing the studio’s faith in what’s coming our way shortly. Word has it that they loved what they saw during production, and early test screenings have had very positive results, explaining their desire to have the brothers return for the expected sequel.
The newly-announced release date of course allows the studio to take advantage of Orange / EE Wednesdays here in the UK, giving those people on Orange / EE the chance to see the film at half price, using the 2-for-1 offer, which should of course help boost the number of people watching the film, spreading the buzz that much further.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will now be released in the UK on 26th March, with its US release date still following on April 4th.