At S.H.I.E.L.D. everything continues as it always has, but the Captain is starting to have trouble trusting Nick Fury's orders, which is a first for this super soldier. His superior is definitely not telling him the whole story, and everything gets more complicated when Nick is killed by a mysterious man who goes by the name of Winter Soldier.
In a quest to uncover what is really happening at S.H.I.E.L.D. and whether Hydra was defeated during World War Two, the Captain enlists the help of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders).
This film is definitely darker than "The First Avenger", and leads the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) to a more serious place than other Avenger films - corruption within S.H.I.E.L.D., questioning authority, and facing bad choices. We see everyone opening up - it is wonderful. At the same time, the Captain doesn't lose his kindness and his silly one-liners.
The lack of women in the MCU has been widely criticised, but it seems that they are finally doing something about it! They still have a long way to go, although I'm glad this movie is a starting point - women have played more prominent roles than in the past. Besides Black Widow, we have two agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who have more or less important parts in the development of the events. I just hope they continue exploring women heroes and superheroes in the next films of the MCU, so that we can finally have a film focused on a superheroine.