CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
The World of S.H.I.E.L.D Today
When Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens, about two years
have passed since the alien
invasion of New York was repulsed by Nick Fury's special team-The Avengers. The
world is now well aware
that extra-terrestrials, godlike beings and monsters may be lurking in the
cosmos and that Super Heroes walk
among us. The demand for protection of the world's citizenry has reached a
zenith. In response to the world's
justifiable fears, S.H.I.E.L.D. has expanded its presence to enhance the
security of Earth.
Producer Kevin Feige explains the current
state of affairs at the organization. "At
the end of 'Marvel's The Avengers,' Nick
Fury clearly disobeyed the World Security
Council, which when we last saw them were
sending a nuclear missile into Manhattan,"
says producer Kevin Feige. Luckily, Iron Man
diverted that nuke and it didn't go off, so
Nick has gotten a little bit more clout within
S.H.I.E.L.D. Because of this growing clout he has been able to install people
that are much closer to him now
and they're working on various programs that will help tighten the security of
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new headquarters, called the Triskelion, is revealed for the
first time in Marvel's "Captain America:
The Winter Soldier." Built from the ground up in Washington, D.C., on Theodore
Roosevelt Island, the Triskelion
is the largest building in Washington, D.C. The building holds the expanded base
of operations for S.H.I.E.L.D.
as well as the World Security Council. This is where Nick Fury and his agents
are based, as well as Alexander
Pierce, a high-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. official who also is the head of the World
The idea of the World Security Council came about because S.H.I.E.L.D. is so
expansive and its responsibilities
are so far-reaching that it cannot be run by only one country, so all countries
have a voice in how S.H.I.E.L.D.
operates. The World Security Council meets via holographic technology so members
are able to be in their
home countries but still have meetings in a virtual environment at the top of
There are three redesigned helicarriers
serving S.H.I.E.L.D. With new repulsor
engines replacing turbines, courtesy of
Tony Stark, the helicarriers no longer have
to land and can remain orbital for as long
as they need to be in order to protect
the world. These ships, dubbed Project
Insight helicarriers, are also more heavily
weaponized, in response to the attack on
New York where hoards of aliens were flooding out of a portal. Fury learned a
lot from that battle and wanted
ships up in the air that could combat attackers on a grand scale. The Project
Insight helicarriers boast a more
advanced and precise targeting system that links to a network of satellites.
The vertical takeoff and landing Quinjets used by The Avengers have also had
an overhaul. Project Insight
Quinjets, which unlike their grey counterparts are black, have more weapons than
a traditional Quinjet.
Quinjets were originally designed to be more
of a transport vehicle but the new Quinjets,
with their accelerated speed and weaponry,
are built to be attack aircraft.
Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury's car also
showcases some new technology. It has a
voice guidance system that is very advanced
but not quite up to the level of Jarvis' artificial
intelligence that you see in Tony Stark's technology. But it does allow Fury to
perceive threats before they
are happening in order to identify and process information more quickly. It also
allows him to communicate
with other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents effortlessly. Fury's car is also a heavily
armored vehicle-it features heavy metal
panels and the glass is bulletproof. This allows him to drive around Washington,
D.C. and be completely safe.
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newly introduced S.T.R.I.K.E. Team utilizes a
stealth weapon called the Energy Baton that can take out
enemies quietly and effectively. The batons are about 18
inches in length with a point that extends out another foot.
The S.T.R.I.K.E. Team, like a SWAT team or a Navy SEAL team,
engages in undercover missions, so they need specialized
armaments. The Energy Baton sits in a holster on the hip but
when taken out and deployed, it is like a powerful high-tech
Taser that, when touched to the person, incapacitates them
immediately and takes them out of the game.
Steve Rogers aka Captain America works for S.H.I.E.L.D. now and out of
necessity his red, white and blue
costume needed to be replaced by a suit that would allow more stealth ability.
As a result the new suit is
darker blue with just a touch of red detail on the sides. The star on his chest
is now silver instead of white. The
new, subdued navy blue suit has a ballistic
component, like Kevlar, that offers Captain
America valuable extra protection. The suit
is bulletproof and the mesh-like fabric also
resists knife penetration. Captain America's
helmet no longer has ear coverings and is
designed to fit in with the style of his stealth
suit. It also has a communication device
built into it.
Captain America's distinctive shield is as much a signature for him as the
hammer is to Thor, but when Captain
America is on a stealth mission, an applique goes over his shield to subdue the
red and make it less of a target.
In Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Captain America throws his
shield a lot more and also uses it
as an offensive weapon, rather than just to block blows defensively. He uses the
shield to strike opponents and
has the ability to use the two handles on its inside in more of an eastern style
of fighting in order to neutralize
Steve Rogers' style of fighting also got an upgrade. His fighting style was
very 1940s old-school kick and punch
but now Rogers has upped his game by mastering modern fighting techniques
like Kung Fu, Mixed Martial Arts, Jujitsu and Krav Maga.
Black Widow uses her Widow's Cable in Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter
Soldier" in a new way: she swings from it. The cable is part of the Widow's
Gauntlets that she wears, which also house her Widow's Bites. Distinctive only
to her, Black Widow wears her wristbands almost all the time and they allow
her increased flexibility in her fighting style.
Black Widow's cell phone has
some special capabilities that
allow her to track incoming
missiles and decode codes.
The phone doesn't talk to her
but it allows her to process a lot of information quickly.
In Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the Marvel
Cinematic Universe welcomes a new Super Hero with the
introduction of the Falcon, who has been a fan favorite in comic books since
1969. Falcon, who is Sam Wilson
in the story, aligns himself with Captain America and Black Widow to fight the
enemies who are undermining
world peace. Although Falcon is not a member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization in
this film, you can be sure
S.H.I.E.L.D. has taken notice of his exceptional abilities.
Falcon has the ability to fly and soar with a special suit that
was developed by military ops and kept under wraps. Part of
the suit's construction is the jet pack that provides the thrust
that can keep Falcon aloft. The wings attached to the suit are
like gliders, giving Falcon control of the direction of his flight
when his hands are locked into them. When Falcon is doing
maneuvers, he always has at least one hand on the wings for
control. Falcon flies with goggles on to protect his vision while
Offensively, Falcon has a mini machine gun collapsed into a small box-like
structure on each of his hips. When
he taps the box, there is a magnetic switch that allows the gun to jump to his
wrists and rest on wrist rails. Once
in place, the guns quickly expand to their full size in his hand. This allows
him to take his hand off the wing and
shoot and then collapse the gun back into its side box by just tapping the box.
The wings of Falcon's suit are lightweight
polymer with Kevlar detail so that small arms
fire will not destroy them. Falcon also wears
a short-sleeve Kevlar shirt and standard
camouflage pants to keep as lightweight as
possible so that he can stay in the air for
longer periods of time.
Summing up, the world of S.H.I.E.L.D. is bigger and more powerful than ever
and loaded with new weapons,
vehicles, devices and gadgets that will excite and intrigue fans around the
world and keep audiences on the
edge of their seats in the not-to-be-missed thrill ride that is Marvel's
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
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