Marvel Studios has dropped 10 seconds of imagery from the upcoming Super Bowl trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
I know, I know … a teaser for a trailer. But welcome to how it’s been for a few years now. If you’re into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this kind of thing that fires the synapses and gets you fired up for more. If you’re not, think of this as the grape you steal at the grocery store when you have no intention of buying the bag.
Since it goes by quickly, and is about as inscrutable as one of those “On the next Mad Men …” teasers, Entertainment Weekly has slowed it down for you with some screen grabs.
Consider the next several pages to be a deep dive into a thimble full of water.
Our first image is one that is surprisingly disturbing, given America’s ongoing national nightmare of mass shootings. The teaser opens with a man in battle armor, with long stringy hair, and toting an assault weapon while glancing emotionless toward the panicked onlookers who are running for their lives.
What happened here? Is this what it looks like? Subconsciously, it sets the nerves on edge.
Later we get another suggestion of mass shooting on a city street.
This is our villain — a bio-engineered assassin known as The Winter Soldier. If you’ve read the Ed Brubaker comic books that inspired the film, (or remember Sebastian Stan’s role from the first Captain America movie) you already know a lot more about his real identity.