In evoking the spirit of classic ’70s paranoid thrillers, the new Captain America is the smartest, most complete Marvel film yet.
It takes a little too long to get going, but once it does, the latest addition to the Marvel Universe is an incredible amount of fun…provided you don’t need complete understanding of the plot.
There’s an awful lot riding on this one. With the full weight of the Marvel/Disney publicity machine behind it, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can’t be anything less than an out-of-the-box smash. Good news? It’s probably the best drama pilot of the year. Bad news? All it has to be to clear that bar is “okay.”
Certainly an improvement on 2010’s muddled Iron Man 2, the third film in the franchise has a zippy script and a fun twist — but ultimately demonstrates why I’m ready for the suit to be hung up.