Although the main draw of Marvels Cinematic Universe is the Avengers, there needs to be entertaining standalone films that are more than just filler for audiences waiting for Joss Whedon assemble the gang. Thankfully theyve been delivering, with a string of hits that more than justify themselves next to the New York-threatening team-up. The latest of these, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is here and continues the good work of Iron Man Three and Thor: The Dark World, marking out the MCU as an increasingly unique approach to the superhero genre. Bringing man-out-of-time Steve Rogers back to the leading man status, it's one of Marvel's most mature films and certainly their most tensely plotted. The film is so good, in fact, its probably the best Marvel standalone movie weve got so far. With a cast of characters who all get their moment without distracting from its titular hero, its a high mark that the rest of the year's blockbusters should aim for. 2011s The First Avenger was likewise a strong, if more romp-y, film that really embraced the character's legacy (he's been a stalwart of Marvel longer than Spider-Man and the X-Men). All of which leads us to this conclusion; Captain America makes the best standalone Marvel movies. Dont believe us? Heres twelve reasons why. Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier are present throughout.
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