Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 10 Ways It Beats Thor 2

Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows exactly how a standalone sequel should function.

The ninth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is upon us! As a direct sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Soldier, Chris Evans returns as po-faced patriot Captain America, who - having awoken 60 years after being frozen in the icecaps after accidently crashing his ship - is still adjusting to life in the 21st century (not to mention the fact that not long after he was unthawed he ended up fighting terrifying alien monsters from another dimension as a member of newly-assembled Avengers - give this guy a break, will you?). Though reviews for The Avengers were positive, reviews for the original Captain America were mixed, with some viewing it as the weakest entry in the MCU canon to date, whereas others saw it as a well-rendered throwback to World War II movies. Thankfully, the Captain's latest outing - which pits him alongside Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in a kind of '70s espionage thriller - is one of the best MCU movies to date: a relentless thriller, packed with gloriously-rendered action sequences, humour, and actual character development! Watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier, then, it's noticeably apparent that - not only is it much improved from the likes of Thor: The Dark World in its approach to telling an isolated story - the movie seems to have genuinely addressed some of that sequel's more lacking aspects and ensured that it did not repeat the same mistakes. As a result, The Winter Soldier is undoubtably the most superior sequel in the MCU canon thus far. Join us as we take a look at 10 ways in which the Captain's second official outing as a solo Avenger managed to trump Thor's... The following article contains huge spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Adrian Smith was born in Singapore City and moved to London when he was five. He writes for the internet full-time, and occasionally makes travel documentaries (the last one was about Moscow). He has a cat called Louis.