I can say that I was entirely surprised by the movie, by Chris Evans, and how effortlessly Marvel was able to weave together elements of the pre-Avengers movies, yet make this its own experience. Its one thing to have the Red Skull collect the Cosmic Cube early in the movie, but to have him collect it in Norway, from a guardian of Nordic artifacts, was a masterstroke, as was having Tony Stark’s dad, Howard, be an integral part of the narrative. You even get the sense that the weapons and technology that are part of HYDRA’s growing army will one day influence the work of Bruce Banner, but maybe that’s just me looking too deeply into it.
Either way, great job. It was well written, well acted, and very patient. That’s a weird thing to say about a superhero movie, especially one that has this much riding on it for Marvel, and on some level, Disney.