9 Seriously Smart Movies That Trick You By Having Two Twists

7. S.H.I.E.L.D. Is Hydra (Oh, Also Bucky's Back) - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The Movie: When Marvel chose to adapt Ed Brubaker's famed Winter Soldier arc for Captain America 2, they created a major hurdle for themselves; how do you make a film built on a big mid-point twist when the solution is impossible to avoid even if you're only casually looking into the sub-titular character (The Winter Soldier redirects to Bucky on Wikipedia). Their solution was to provide an even bigger twist that added political intrigue to an already tricksy movie (by superhero standards anyway).

The First Twist: To surprise everyone, the Russos went off (comic) book and had Hydra return as a secret cell within S.H.I.E.L.D., turning the film from being a light piece on surveillance to a thriller where the invasion of privacy is likened to the acts of Nazis. It's big, it's unexpected, it promised major ramifications (something that sadly wasn't paid off all that much) and made you forget everything you thought you knew.

The Second Twist: When we get to the unmasking of the Winter Soldier as Bucky Barnes, Cap's presumed dead friend, you're already locked into the movie, so can view it on a totally emotional level and feel the impact like Steve Rogers, no matter if it's a surprise or not.

There's also the reveal that Nick Fury's actually alive, but that was kinda obvious (damn you contracts).


Film Editor (2014-2016). Loves The Usual Suspects. Hates Transformers 2. Everything else lies somewhere in the middle. Once met the Chuckle Brothers.