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New ‘Captain America’ Image Teases Steve Rogers’ Old Friend Turned Foe

Steve Rogers returns to theaters in next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Ahead of that, Empire magazine has released a new image from the Marvel Studios sequel, featuring Chris Evans’ star-spangled Super-Soldier flanked by partners new and old.

The left side of the cover features the return of Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, now operating under the code name the Winter Soldier. Ed Brubaker introduced the Winter Soldier concept during his critically acclaimed run on Marvel’s Captain America; it’s a character that remains active in the Marvel Universe today.

Scarlett Johansson appears on the right side of the cover, reprising her role as Black Widow, the S.H.I.E.L.D. operative she’s played in three Marvel movies. Widow made her first appearance in Iron Man 2, emerged again as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in The Avengers, and now has a prominent role in next summer’s Captain America sequel.

Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier also stars Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Haley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Max Hernandez, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre and Robert Redford. It opens April 4.

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  • Tomi Hanzek

    I need this Marvel movie to to be good. I really do. 2013 has been disappointing to say the very least between SHIELD, Iron Man 3 and Darcy and the Asgardians, er, I mean Thor 2.

  • Jeff Kraschinski

    So not digging the new costume. The Avengers suit was nigh perfect.

  • Ray Feighery

    The costume is consistent with when he was running SHIELD and as that is a main story element here, I’m OK with it.

  • LightningBug

    Bucky looks perfect! Except I wish they would go with a straight up domino mask like the comics, instead of the smudgy black makeup. But I’m in really no position to complain. Nothing from Marvel has looked so straight-off-the-page since Iron Man.

  • Richard Casey

    oh dear.. have they given Bucky an Arrow inspired guyliner face mask?

  • Leo Venegas

    Was Thor 2 that bad? I haven’t watched it yet, but I’ve been hearing and reading mostly good things about it.

  • Dwayne

    Thor 2 was fine. You should enjoy it.

  • Tomi Hanzek

    It was more disappointing than anything. Stock villain, too much time spent on Earth instead of the Nine Realms, too many forced jokes, not enough Sif or Warriors Three, no set-up to future Thor movies (like a reference to Beta Ray Bill/Hela/Surter/Enchantress etc.)

  • Leo Venegas

    I hated it. I think that costume was a complete design failure.

  • Tomi Hanzek

    The only problem was the shade of blue. It was this bright baby-blue in Avengers but here it looks great.

  • Leo Venegas

    Well, it can’t be worse than Iron Man 3.

  • joncarpe

    I honestly loved Iron Man 3. I don’t know why everyone had such a problem with it…

  • Leo Venegas

    Anyway, in the trailer they show Cap wearing not only this, but another suit wich looks a lot like the one he had back in First Avenger. I’m happy with both over the Avengers one.

  • Chuck777

    Because it was a ill-conceived farce.

  • Chuck777

    Thor 2 was not bad. It suffered from a weak villain (but who needs Mal-whatever when you have Loki?) and the Avengers-style emphasis on jokes.

  • Chuck777

    That outfit is inspired by the uniform Cap worse when he was director of SHIELD. It looks far better than his Avenger’s costume.

  • joncarpe

    The only problem I could see is that people hated that Mandarin was a fake but I loved that twist. I hate it when people expect things to be just like the comics and you get all pissy when they deviate from them.

  • Leo Venegas

    Yes, it does.

  • Leo Venegas

    That’s not the point. If the change is good, it will be well received. If it’s not, it won’t. It’s really that simple. And for a lot of us that particular contribution was a terrible, terrible idea. That’s why the hate.

  • joncarpe

    It’s still all open to differing opinions. I’m honestly sure 90% of the people who saw the movie have no idea who the Mandarin is and don’t care that it was changed from the comics. I thought the whole reveal was hilarious and thats my personal opinion. I’m not stating that your opinion is wrong, just that I hate it when people generalize a general opinion.

  • Allan

    It was alright but nothing special. I’m wondering if, after seeing Avengers, if a movie with just one character is good enough. Avengers spoiled me.

  • Allan

    I’m pretty sure it’s his Shield costume and that he’ll change back towards the end of the movie.

  • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010758051/westerly Irabbit75

    The main villain was HUGELY overshadowed by Loki. Of course, Tom Hiddleston is about as perfect a Loki as you can get.

  • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010758051/westerly Irabbit75

    Too many reasons to count. But here are a few:
    1 – The armor was essentially useless and fell apart far to often
    2 – The Mandarin subplot was a waste of time and energy
    3 – The whole Tony Stark – James Bond, Parkour Master shtick was just dumb
    4 – Lack of Iron Man

  • chien_clean

    Are they going to have Black Widow in every fucking movie?

  • chien_clean

    Cap looked like a clown in the Avengers movie. His best outfit was in his own movie.

  • Saint Reeves

    She wasn’t in iron man 3 or Thor and this movie has a lot to do with shield and as she is an agent of shield doesn’t it make sense for her to appear?

  • Mecha_the_Hedgehog

    I loved The Wolverine it was a great Marvel movie well ok its not Marvel Studios still a good Marvel movie. I’ll admit 2013 hasn’t been that good for Marvel studios film and tv. Hey at least its not like WB’s cluster fuck of a mess there making with the DC films.

  • Chuck777

    I could care less about the twist. What I hate is the fact that they spent the entire movie building the Mandarin up – and doing an amazing job of it – then they just tossed him to the side and subbed in an under-developed and uninteresting villain in his stead.

  • Leo Venegas

    Was that a complain?

  • Ty

    This would have been much cooler if it was with Falcon instead of Black Widow

  • Arrowind

    Falcon is in the movie.

  • stephenmonteith

    I think the real problem is, she only exists as backup to the “real” heroes. She’s a Coulson when she should be a Stark.

  • stephenmonteith

    My problem with the new suit is it’s dark, dreary, and seriously lacking in “red, white, and blue”. Sure, it’s modeled on his SHIELD suit, but it looks like a damned football uniform. His WWII suit was the best, so far.

  • Tomax

    Well the Mandarin twist was just the icing on the cake. The bubblegum chewing fire people were not interesting bad guys. Also, the lack of screen time with Tony in his suit was a bit of a bummer too. Too much 007 time. Lastly, that little kid. It just seemed like a weak follow up to the Avengers. I guess the Avengers just set the bar so ridiculously high that i didn’t know what to expect from IM3 except that same level of greatness.

  • Tomax

    Just looking at the trailer, Cap2 looks like Avengers-lite, which is not a negative thing at all. Less Avengers in this one, but looks like the efx will be huge, the intro of new characters (good and bad). Oh yeah and we still haven’t seen or heard much about Arnim Zola or Crossbones. Lastly, the Winter Soldier storyline.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Malekith is pretty awesome in the comics.

  • Elias Algorithm

    I’m finding it funny that’s it’s based on a costume he wore in the comics except NO MASK.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Hulk. Finally.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Is Scarlett Johanssen’s ass goinna be in every movie? I vote yes.

  • Elias Algorithm

    He meant the cover. We haven’t seen how Falcon’s gonna look, and I know the actor was a little upset that he didn’t get to wear the white and red getup. I’m hoping he gets a spinoff. Falcon’s awesome. Maybe this and the Luke Cage Netflix series will convince Marvel to stop avoiding that Black Panther movie. And dammit if we don’t get Misty Knight in Defenders I’m…complaining very loudly on the internet. Grr.

  • Tophman

    Black Widow does play a part in the original Winter Soldier story arc by Ed Brubaker in the pages of Captain America. I don’t know how close to the source they’ll be for the movie but she did end up having a very intimate relationship with Bucky.

    Besides, Widow didn’t really do much in The Avengers and I doubt Marvel will green light a solo movie. I just hope her presence doesn’t muddle the already crowded cast of characters since personally, I’d like to see Sam (The Falcon) more fleshed out as a character (perhaps as a recruit rising up the ranks of SHIELD under the wing of Steve).

  • Tophman

    Btw, for folks who don’t like his ‘new’ costume… it’s actually his “Super Soldier” costume he sported when he returned from the dead and let Bucky continue carrying the shield & mantle of Captain America for a while. This is the costume he wore as the Director of SHIELD (after they dissolved Norman Osborne’s HAMMER).

    He still wears the costume when he goes on missions with the covert Secret Avengers team so it makes a whole lotta sense that they’d use it here (based on what I’ve gathered from the trailer –Chris Evans’ ‘talk’ with Robert Redford).

    Love Winter Soldier’s look… hate Black Widow’s hair…. still loathe Cap’s helmet… and hope Falcon ends up sporting his Red & White duds.

  • Lucas Fernandes Corrêa

    I always called it “Commander Rogers Costume”, but I guess super soldier fits better.

  • LightningBug

    Seriously? What’s with all the hate for the Avengers Cap costume?! The one from First Avenger, and the one pictured above look like little kids’ halloween costumes with padded muscles… the one from Avengers actually looked like Cap’s costume. You guys are nuts.

  • LightningBug

    Widow did a lot in the Avengers… She fought the Hulk, she manipulated Loki into revealing his plan, she shut down the portal, and she had some of the best action sequences…did we watch the same movie?

  • Stephen Smith

    Is it impossible to get Cap’s costume to look impressive? In The First Avenger, it looked like padding, in the Avengers, he looked flat-chested and now, it looks like padding again.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Many said that the Avengers costume looked too much like “Captain Condom Head”. That helmet was just awful but everything else from the neck down was great. Now from the pic above, they corrected the helmet and it looks cool but the costume has way too much padding.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Watch the trailer, he’ll be wearing his regular r/w/b outfit later on in the film.

  • Fastbak

    Pretty much everything you hated about IM3 I liked. I’m tired of the standard superhero formula plot and I liked that Shane Black twisted it.

  • Fastbak

    After The Avengers where Iron Man was the one to save the day and actually went toe to toe with Thor, I liked seeing him vulnerable and Pepper saving the day.

  • Tomax

    That’s alright. That’s the beauty of art, we all have our own interpretation or opnion of it. I do applaude Black for trying something different. I mean it’s definitelly a twist that knocked people out of their seats and kept them talking about it to this day, so i’d say mission accomplished. I think the bigger picture will be revealed in Age of Ultron. Also, in the Ben Kingsley one shot he’s doing for Marvel.

  • stephenmonteith

    I watched it. Honestly, I can’t see anything to indicate those scenes take place in the “present day” and not back in WWII. Surely they’ll add some new WWII scenes to the new movie instead of just recycling TFA footage.

  • Tophman

    Shhh, it’s a secret…. those aren’t padding… they’re his extra compartments since his utility belt doesn’t have enough pouches. :p

  • http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2010758051/westerly Irabbit75

    Vulnerable is fine. I liked that he was experiencing PTSD from the events of the Avengers and that he was a little Doomsday Prepper with his armors. But the overall movie had too many issues to ignore and it got dragged down into the muck. I’m 50/50 on Pepper saving the day. I don’t think it was necessarily a bad thing but I think it could have been done far better.