Captain America: The Winter Solider is in theaters now — catch up in iTunes or Netflix!

Captain America: The Winter Soldier 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. If you haven't watched the previous films and shows, however, you can still catch up on all of them via iTunes and a fair chunk via Netflix as well (depending on what country you live in, because, ugh.)

I liked Winter Soldier quite a bit. 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!

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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.

Rene Ritchie

Editor-in-Chief of iMore, co-host of Iterate, Debug, Review, Vector, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Captain America: The Winter Solider is in theaters now — catch up in iTunes or Netflix!

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Thanks for the spoiler free review Rene. Was planning to catch it this weekend, but plans changed and I'm going to catch it next weekend instead.

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Agents of Shield isn't necessary to understand the Marvel movies but I highly recommend it. If you can excuse the first few lackluster episodes and the Skye character, you're in for some good tv.

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I took somebody I know who's abit smaller than me the last time one of these movies were on, and we were taking bets on who would win, great to see them bringing these movies and characters back!

"... 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."

I hope Disney can do as good a job with Star Wars. Maybe they can merge the Avengers universe together with Star Wars to get "Agents of Force J.E.D.I." or something super-cool like that.

Absolutely love that these movies seem to get a much earlier release on the AppleTV. Seriously has made me content with just waiting to buy it there. Can't wait to catch this one.

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The last few episodes of Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. were stellar! They really ramped up the second half of the season.

Can't wait to see Cap in the theater soon.

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You're kidding? The only things "ramped" in the first few episodes were bad cliché jokes and bad acting. I might come back around to Agents if you say it is better.