Now that's one impressive wingspan.
Once again, Disney/Marvel took advantage of America's most-watched sporting event by promoting their next cinematic universe film during last night's Super Bowl. The 30-second TV spot proved to be more thrilling than the seemingly endless beatdown the Seattle Seahawks put on the Denver Broncos, showing us more from Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, a spiffier extended trailer was immediately released online, with two and a half minutes providing even more anticipation.
"Most of the intelligence community doesn't believe he exists," begins Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow in a voiceover. "The ones that do call him the Winter Soldier." We see the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) waking up on a operating table with his new metal left arm, followed by a shot of him strapped into some form of mental conditioning chair and overseen by none other than Ed Brubaker, the former writer of Captain America who co-created the Winter Soldier with artist Steve Epting. "He's a ghost," continues Black Widow. "You'll never find him."
Meanwhile, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is having a serious conversation with Robert Redford's character Alexander Pierce, telling Pierce he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to protect people. "Captain, to build a better world," replies Pierce, "sometimes means tearing the old one down...and that makes enemies."
We then see the Winter Soldier launching an explosive disc that detonates underneath the car of S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), flipping it over onto its roof and injuring Fury in the process. As Captain America and Black Widow watch Fury being operated on, Steve muses about the assassin. "He's fast...strong...had a metal arm," he remarks, naturally with accompanying shots showcasing each of those abilities.
"Are you ready?" Pierce asks Steve, who is wearing the "Super Soldier" version of his Captain America costume. "All it takes is one step." "People are gonna die," Steve responds. "I can't let that happen."
Fortunately, Steve has a new partner to rely on -- Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie. "Captain America needs my help," Sam tells Steve. "When do we start?" "We just did," replies Steve. All at once, we see Sam, now wearing his Falcon uniform, extend his artificial wings and rocket over the side of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.
More action scenes follow, with Captain America hurling his shield from a motorcycle into an attacking Quinjet, and Black Widow diving over the side of a highway bridge and using a grappling hook to land safely below as a car explodes behind her. Nice move.
"The price of freedom is high," remarks Steve with more shots of the highway battle that involves the Winter Soldier, "and it's a price I'm willing to pay." As the Falcon swoops in to attack during another battle aboard the Helicarrier, the Winter Solider brings him down with a grappling hook, but the Falcon quickly gets up and starts firing two handguns.
Another quick shot of Steve being attacked by several S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in an elevator and defeating all of them with skillful ease. "Looks like you're giving the orders now, Captain," remarks Nick Fury, who apparently survives his surgery. "Damn right," remarks Steve in the elevator, smashing his wrist communicator.
An exterior shot of the Helicarrier crashing into S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters follows, along with the Winter Solider and Captain America facing off on some form of catwalk underneath the Helicarrier, and Captain America and Black Widow mourning a mysterious dead person underneath a sheet.
As the trailer ends, we see Captain America and the Falcon running across the Helicarrier flight deck, with the Falcon asking, "How do we know the good guys from the bad guys?" Cap replies succinctly, "If they're shooting at you, they're bad."
If you'd like to see the extended trailer, you can view it below thanks to Marvel Entertainment's account on YouTube...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier arrives in theaters on April 4, 2014.