Captain America: The Winter Soldier is now available on early release from iTunes. (It actually hit a few days ago but I was traveling and missed it!) Winter Solider is a sequel to both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, and a quasi tie-in to ABC's ongoing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television series. It also riffs on Ed Brubaker's classic comic book arc of the same name and that it manages to weave all those threads together into a pretty entertaining movie is a testament to just how well Marvel/Disney has planned their cinematic universe.

Winter Soldier is less superhero movie and more political thriller that just happens to have superheroes in it. I liked it a lot. Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Nick Fury all got a good amount of screen and character time, and the Winter Solider himself was well realized. No spoilers, but if you liked the previous films, you'll love this. Heck, 5 minutes in and I was wishing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D could be more like it!

Here's where you can get it (with iTunes Extras!):

Here's our podcast on it if you missed it:

And here's where you can catch up on the previous films and series:

Captain America/S.H.I.E.L.D movies

Captain America comics

If you've been watching the Marvel movies and shows, let me know what you think of them. If you want to discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier with your spoilers all alerted, just head on over to the iMore movie forums.

Note: Originally published JulyUpdated August 2014.