Seriously, STAY IN YOUR SEATS. Some people left after the credits started rolling. LOTS of people left after the first post-credits sequence. Don't you be one of them!
GENERAL SPOILERS AHEAD.
I saw previews for the following movies:
Maleficent (Looks great!)
Guardians of the Galaxy (Looks great!)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (Looks great!)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Really confusing action sequences, Turtles that look like OMG NOOOOOOOOOOOO, which means I won't be seeing it)
Echo (Looks like found footage, which means shaky cam, which means I won't be seeing it)
General, Unorganized Thoughts:
- I have not been keeping up with Agents of SHIELD at all, so I have no idea how SHIELD's destruction will be incorporated into the plot. I really wanted to see Agent Coulson in Cap 2, but Agent Hill was there so it's okay.
- OMG IT'S ABED! ABED WORKS FOR SHIELD EVERYBODY!
- I actually teared up during the scene where Steve was talking to Peggy - the moment when he realizes that she's not in the present with him anymore is heartbreaking, and his tears were my tears.
- The list! The list! Steve pulled out the list! I LOVE IT.
- I have to say that the car chase sequence in which Hydra was after Nick Fury is one of the best I've ever seen. It was beautifully put together - props to the stunt drivers, because that took a lot of technical skill. And props to the editors, who made it clear to follow.
- OMG, the elevator scene, after Steve is done talking with Robert Redford. I remember seeing the "Does anyone want to get out?" part in the previews, but honestly I was blown away by how many times it stopped to let even more guys on. Steve Rogers, sir, you are a fucking badass, sir.
- I liked the balance between Steve's time and present time that was struck - Steve's memories were well-placed, unobtrusive, and did not at all take away from what was going on. And the scene in the bunker with Zola's computer brain was fairly chilling as we see Natasha realize just how deep this was going.
- This is why it made sense later, after meeting up with Nick Fury and Agent Hill, for Steve to say that they were getting rid of all of it. It was all going. They were two sides of the same coin, as was mentioned later.
- When I saw the remnants of Hydra talking about what their next moves were and saw Loki's staff, I was outraged. "Didn't anyone think to pick that thing up after New York?!" But then I remembered, DUH. Of course. SHIELD did, which meant Hydra did.
- The Falcon was great! I was a little concerned about how they were going to handle his wings, because I didn't see how that would be something someone could just put on and know how to use. But hearing that it was technology he was already familiar with made perfect sense.
- I like the way that the Winter Soldier/Bucky was handled. I like how much he and Steve have in common, both having been frozen for a time, and both visiting the Captain America museum exhibit.
- Stan Lee, you are SO fired.
- It is not pleasant seeing Steve getting his face punched in, or getting shot multiple times, or getting stabbed in the arm. I don't know why - maybe it's the fact that he's just so nice and honest all of the time, but it's like watching a golden retriever getting punched in the face.
Now excuse me while I watch Captain America: The First Avenger again, as well as read all of the reviews I didn't read before. Except for the crappy "Let's shit on everyone's fun" reviews.