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The April 4 release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier is still more than two long months away, but don't let that stop you from getting excited — Marvel has just released new behind the scenes images as well as some new poster art, and they're as shiny as Captain America's iconic vibranium shield.
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We already know that Winter Soldier will feature a more serious and subdued Cap (Chris Evans) than the ''fish out of the water'' Steve Rogers to whom we were introduced in The Avengers. It's unclear whether this photo is related to the shot we've seen where Cap is in the hospital after the Winter Soldier has presumably hurt Nick Fury, but he certainly looks more serious than we've seen him previously. This shot also seems to solidify what we've heard for the past few months — that Winter Soldier will be a much darker story than its predecessor.
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The relationship of Cap (Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will be central to the film, as the trailer has already shown the two are clearly working closely together, even engaging in some comfortable banter that hints at the fact that the pair has developed a comfortable intimacy with each other. We're not exactly sure how their relationship will pick up post-Avengers, when we last saw everyone part ways — but we do know that when we begin the film, the two have already been working together for S.H.I.E.L.D. in Washington, D.C.
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The most exciting of all these new images? Our first glimpse of Batroc The Leaper (Georges St-Pierre), one of the film's villains. In the comics, Batroc is a French mercenary who regularly engages in battles with Cap — and this photo definitely suggests that we're going to have one heck of an action sequence between the two.
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This behind-the-scenes photo with director Joe Russo may have a relaxed vibe, but don't let that fool you — Cap and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) look like they're prepared to have an intense conversation...or battle. The most interesting thing about this photo is that Cap is wearing what looks like his original World War II uniform — meaning he's most likely ditched the S.H.I.E.L.D. issued garb for reasons we'll soon find out.