The plot this time around starts with Steve doing missions for SHIELD, and that's about all I want to say. There are some real surprises and twists that I really enjoyed. This movie works great as a political espionage action/thriller, it works great as a superhero movie, it works as an Avengers tie-in, and of course it works great as a sequel to the fantastic Captain America: The First Avenger. What is truly incredible about this movie is that it manages to juggle all these roles flawlessly.
For starters I love that this movie is really focused on the Cap. Avengers was great, and it was amazing seeing all those characters at once, but with all those great characters, it isn't possible to put a ton of focus on each of them. Instead it had to be divided up amongst them with a little extra attention for Robert Downey Jr.. In this movie, you really get to see Steve Rogers adjusting to modern life, and it's nice seeing how nice and really likeable he is, instead of the butt of Iron Man's jokes.
Near the beginning the movie there is with one of the best action sequences I have ever seen, and it keeps that sense of excitement throughout the film. It never seems like it's dragging. Between all the action sequences there are some great character moments with new character Falcon, Black Widow, Nick Fury, and of course, Steve Rogers. One of my personal favorite character moments is the interaction between the Cap and his neighbor. That may sound boring, but just trust me.
In this movie you get so see two great comic book characters come to brilliant life onscreen for the first time; The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. The Falcon is great, becoming Cap's right hand man and buddy almost the instant that they meet. The Winter Soldier is the best part of the movie in my opinion. He is one of my favorite comic book characters, and he is portrayed perfectly by Sebastion Stan as an almost terminator-esque, unstoppable killer force.
As a fan of the comics it's great to see that the directors took some influence directly from the comics, incorporating some of the best moments from the Winter Soldier comics, while making it completely their own.
5/5 starts, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves super heroes or great action/adventure movies.