This post contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World

Ever since The Avengers came out in 2012 ( I refuse to use the British title for the film because I can tell the difference between Hulk and Emma Peel!) Marvel have had a story telling problem. Now all the avengers are all friends why would they just call each other up if they ever found themselves in trouble. Until Captain America: The Winter SoldierMarvel had been dealing with this problem easily.

The Solutions So Far

As I said in my introduction, Marvel has coped well with this problem as in the two films since The AvengersIron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World – the stories have been self-contained in such a way that didn’t allow either many character to pick up the phone and give their Avenger buddies a call. Iron Man 3 was all about Tony Stark going “off the grid” after suffering PTSD from the events of the Avengers so he’d hardly want to call up the guy who he went through that with. With Thor, he did get help but rather than going to the Avengers he went to his fellow Asgardians in the form of Sif and the Warriors Three (although it was more like the Warriors Two in the film!)

Where Were All of Captain America’s Friends

The problem that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has is that it’s storyline isn’t as self-contained. The plot of the movie is that after Nick Fury is attacked by a group of unnamed assassins, it becomes clear that S.H.I.E.L.D. is under attack. With help from Black Widow and FalconCaptain America goes to find out who is responsible.

The first “but where is…” question is asked about Hawkeye who seemed to be Black Widow‘s partner in The Avengers. A quick line of dialogue “oh he is off in South Africa chasing a bloke” would have answered that question straight away and even given Marvel the chance to put in another easter egg – a big part of this series of films. The second example of this happened about half way through the film (THIS IS WHERE THE SPOILERS START!!!!!) where Captain America is caught by Brock Rumlow (one of the film’s bad guys) and is only saved from being killed by a news helicopter that captures the situation. Now if we follow the story beats set out in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot then Captain America is a public figure who you can buy action figures of, therefore his arrest at gun point would make the national, if not the international news. With this in mind, why didn’t his friends come running to help him. According to the The AvengersAgent Coulson idolised Captain America so you’d thought he’d drop everything and turn up. (This may well be explained in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. why Coulson didn’t go off and help but as Channel 4 is eight episodes behind I won’t know for another few months!) I’d argue the same is true for Thor who will be in London with Jane Foster and has the ability to fly so Washington D.C. isn’t that far away really. Do you agree with me or am I over thinking this movie and its universe? Although if you think that wait till you read my next blog about Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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