Captain America is back for round three and this time, he really knows how to pack a punch.
Marvel continues its run of excellent superhero films with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a thrilling sequel that steps up the action and intrigue.
Chris Evans is back as the patriotic super soldier. He first donned the snug blue outfit in 2011 for Captain America: The First Avenger, followed by the box office smash The Avengers in 2012.
But this is the movie where ol’ Cap really comes into his own.
Let’s face it, Captain America is naturally a harder sell in comparison to say, the quick-witted, scotch-swilling and charming Iron Man, because he’s SO straightlaced. And, unlike Batman or Wolverine, he doesn’t have a dark side.
Unfortunately, in The Avengers, that made him the somewhat boring character out of the bunch.
But this time around, although Cap is still the same guy, he’s seriously tested. And that makes for some great cinema.
The whole time he’s been working for SHIELD and Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Cap thought he was batting for the good guy, but he soon realises everything isn’t so black and white.
When a colleague comes under attack, Captain America must team up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson), to follow a trail and find the truth about a dangerous plot.
It’s cleverly crafted by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, who have impressed Marvel so much, they’ve already been signed onto the third Captain America movie.
Alongside the growing conspiracies, cover-ups and who-to-trust conundrum, there’s the fact that Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, is still struggling to understand the modern world after being on ice since World War II.
It’s a great basis for some laughs, particularly with Black Widow dishing out dating advice while she punches up baddies.
This is also the first time you really get to see the extent of Captain America’s power. He charges through walls, flings his shield willy-nilly and jumps out of planes without parachutes.
And that’s not including the fight sequences – there’s a particularly spectacular one inside the confines of an elevator.
Humans are barely a match for him, until he comes across the mysterious Winter Soldier.
If you’re a Marvel fan or have been paying attention in recent months, the identity of The Winter Soldier isn’t exactly a surprise.
But the film offers up so many interesting twists and quirks that it really doesn’t matter whether you know or not.
Robert Redford stars as government-type Alexander Pierce, and Anthony Mackie appears as new character The Falcon. Also keep an eye out for Aussie Callan Mulvey (Rush, Underbelly) as SHIELD Agent Jack Rollins.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has all the humour, fun and action of your typical Marvel movie, but an entirely different feel and tone as it delves into fascinating conspiracies.
*Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in Australian cinemas on April 3.