Thursday, March 6, 2014

The First Four Minutes Of Captain America The Winter Soldier Trailer and It's Influence On Your Old School Super Hero Campaigns

To say I'm excited is an understatement for this film. The storyline has been kicking around Marvel comics for some time however. The movie looks hands down excellent and the vibe is very exciting to say the least.
The vibe of the movie seems to follow a bit of the Marvel Ultimate's line. Given that Cap is such a fixture of  the old Marvel Super Heroes Rpg it follows that this movie is going to pump a whole lot of juice back into that old school rpg. 
The Plot :  Steve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Rogers becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon

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 Given the times that we live in this movie seems to echo the vibes that we've seen in Agents of Shield as well as much of the 70's nostalgia and paranoia.  Given that Robert Redford is playing a senior member of Shield and its world council there are echoes of many of his roles in the writing and development of the film.

According to Wiki : 
Markus and McFeely decided the script would fall under the conspiracy genre and were heavily influenced by 3 Days of the CondorThe Parallax View, and Marathon Man.[43] Kevin Feige described the film as a political thriller.[65] Feige later elaborated,
In our attempt to make all of our films feel unique and feel different we found ourselves going back to things like [Three Days of the Condor]. Also the other political thrillers of the ’70s: The Parallax ViewAll the President's Men. This was a time that Cap existed in in the comics. He found himself in the swinging ’60s followed by the Watergate Era followed by the Reagan Era followed by where we are today. In the comics it was a hell of a journey for Steve. And we couldn’t take him through those years because in our cinematic universe he was asleep. But we wanted to force him to confront that kind of moral conundrum, something with that ’70s flavor. And in our film that takes the form of S.H.I.E.L.D
 Much of this movie seems to be echoing down beat and weirdness of the 1970's Avengers, Captain America, and much of the Shield stuff from recent years. This is going to be a movie that takes no prisoners and I've played in a few Marvel Super Hero campaigns where this was the case. The system can and does echo the scope of this style of play believe it or not.

When we look into the Marvel Super Heroes Rpg there's a very dark undercurrent in the Avengers Box set and source books. This weird quasi governmental aspect to the Avengers including Captain America. Although we're not going to see Stats for the Winter Soldier. We can use the Avengers box set and source book. 

Avengers Archives - The Grandmasters Log
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 This Avengers Source book has quite a bit of detail about Shield and the background of the Avengers including most of the major players 

Avengers Coast to Coast
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