The Cold Winter
Captain America: The Winter Soldier picks up after The Avengers saved New York City from aliens sent by Thanos and a nuclear missile dispatched by S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s superiors, the World Council; which is similar to the United Nations. Robert Redford plays Alexander Pierce, secretary of the World Council who turns out to be a top HYDRA agent. Nick Fury uncovers files that relate to Hydra’s future plans to kill millions of people and create a HYDRA World Order. Nick Fury is hunted down by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents loyal to HYDRA while Captain America is declared a fugitive by the intelligence agency. In the Marvel Cenematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Since World War II, HYDRA (a German Nazi spin-off group) has spent 70 years infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. and “feeding wars.” “Hail HYDRA” is a common theme for the government officials and S.H.I.E.L.D agents loyal to HYDRA throughout Captain America: Winter Soldier. “If a head is cut off, two more will take its place.” The sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger is expected to gross over $500 million world-wide. I’m assuming that’s a low estimate, especially considering the elements of truth spread throughout the Russo Brothers film. Operation Paperclip and the New World Order are specifically mentioned in relation to HYDRA. HYDRA’s plans for a New World Order involve population reduction by using three S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarriers, which are three aircraft carrier size drones, created under S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Operation Insight. The drones are able to kill thousands of people within a minute using targeting devices and highly sophisticated gun turrets.
The movie begins in Washington D.C. Where Captain America Steve Rogers is out for a morning jog. Captain America meets Sam Wilson, who will become the Falcon and provide shelter when Steve Rogers becomes a wanted man by S.H.I.E.L.D. “I had a really hard time finding a reason for being over there,” Falcon later tells Rogers about the Iraq or Afghanistan War.
After World War II, “the Nazi-rogue science division” known as HYDRA spent the next 70 years infiltrating the hierarchy of S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as people within the United States Government. To create a New World Order, HYDRA needs to eradicate any and every possible threat to their organization. Using a computer algorithm, HYDRA believes they can eliminate present and future uprisings that might pose a problem for their New World Order. Project Insight is a S.H.I.E.L.D. operation that created three aircraft carrier-sized drones, which are able to kill thousands of people within a minute. S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury explains the operation in detail to Captain America, “This is Project Insight. Three next-generation helicarriers sent to a network of targeting satellites. Once we get them in the air they never need to come down…these new long-range precision guns can eliminate a thousand hostiles in a minute. The satellites can read a terrorist’s DNA before he steps outside his spyhole. We’re going to neutralize a lot of threats before they even happen.”
Captain America is not impressed, “This isn’t freedom, this is fear.” But unlike the Captain, S.H.I.E.L.D. answers to the World Council, not America. Director Nick Fury wants Captain America to recognize that “S.H.I.E.L.D. takes the world as it is, not as we’d like it to be. It’s gettin’ damn near past time for you to get with that program.”
“Don’t hold your breath,” the First Avenger tells Fury.
When Nick Fury tries to have the Operation Insight shut down, he becomes the target of HYDRA agents, secretly posing as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. An internal war begins within the intelligence agency and it’s up to Captain America to stop HYDRA’s plans for a New World Order.
HYDRA agents, posing as Washington D.C. police and swat team members open fire on Nick Fury but the director manages to escape. Fury shows up at Captain America’s apartment and tells Steve Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised. A second assassination attempt on Fury leads everyone to believe that the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. is dead. “Don’t trust anyone,” Fury tells Rogers before he dies.
Captain America then speaks with Secretary of the World Council Alexander Pierce, the man who appointed Nick Fury to be the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Pierce tells Rogers about the looming allegations against Nick Fury; that Fury was selling classified intelligence information to terrorists.
“If you really knew Nick Fury you’d know that’s not true.”
Pierce smiles, “Why do you think we’re talking?”
Pierce then explains why he joined the World Council, “Because Nick asked me to. Because we were both realists. We knew that despite all the diplomacy and the hand-shaking and the rhetoric, that to build a really better world sometimes means having to tear the old one down.”
Captain America is HYDRA’s next target. Over a dozen S.H.I.E.L.D. agents attempt to detain Rogers, but he easily disposes of them and escapes the S.H.I.E.L.D. base. Alexander Pierce believes Steve Rogers is withholding information about Nick Fury from S.H.I.E.L.D. “Captain America is a fugitive from S.H.I.E.L.D,” Pierce tells the agency. With the approval of the World Council, Alexander Pierce continues on with Project Insight.
Before he died in the 1970s, the HYDRA scientist Professor Zola created a computer database that is able to interact with people and answer their questions. When Rogers and Black Widow find the computer, they ask it questions in hopes of uncovering HYDRA’s master plan. “How did you get here?” Captain America asks the computer.
Black Widow explains a little about Operation Paperclip, “Operation Paperclip. After World War II, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited German scientists for strategic value.”
The computer further explains, “HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize was that if you try to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded and I was recruited. The new HYDRA grew. A beautiful parasite inside S.H.I.E.L.D. For 70 years HYDRA has been secretly feeding crisis. Reaping war. And when history did not cooperate, history was changed…HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. Once the purification process is complete, HYDRA’s New World Order will arise.”
When confronted by Nick Fury, Alexander Pierce tells him, “I can bring order to the lives of 7 billion people by sacrificing 20 million.”
The First Avenger
“Bucky’s whole unit was captured in ’43. Zola experimented on him. Whatever he did helped Bucky survive the fall,” Captain America tells Black Widow, after he discovers that the Winter Soldier is the man Rogers grew up with. Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers were brothers on the schoolyard and on the battlefield. Before he became the Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes fought alongside his best friend Steve Rogers, Captain America, during World War II, battling Hitler’s Nazis and Hydra. Steve Rogers looked up to his friend Bucky Barnes, and wanted to join the United States Armed Forces during World War II. While other people avoided being drafted to go fight Hitler in Germany, Steve Rogers was trying to insert himself onto the battlefield. Rogers was unfit for the draft and was denied entry into the armed services many times.Eventually Rogers was injected with a super soldier serum and became a poster child used to sell war bonds to Allied Powers supporters. Rogers eventually earned his place within the United States Army, and even rescued Bucky Barnes and other prisoners of war. During the imprisonment, Bucky was tortured and brainwashed by Hydra agents. Later, while Captain America and Bucky are in pursuit of HYDRA, still during World War II, Bucky falls off of a moving train and is presumed dead. Captain America defeats the leader of HYDRA, The Red Skull, before disappearing somewhere in Antarctica. The search for Steve Rogers lasts over 70 years, until his frozen body is found, and Rogers wakes up in the present day, thanks to agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and their director, Nick Fury.
Captain America: Winter Soldier is a political thriller tailored towards the Truth Movement. Full of false flags and espionage betrayal, the film focuses around a group of terrorists that have infiltrated the world’s self-proclaimed peace-keepers. Never does Captain America compromise his morals for the greater good of the world. Instead, Captain America brings down HYDRA in the end, even though doing so also means the end of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. Yet our story does not end here. There will be a sequel to this movie, and I’m not just talking about The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which focuses on a Terminator-like scenario where machines turns against man. There will be a Captain America 3, with the Russo Brothers already signed to direct.