'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' still featuring Chris Evans (Steve Rogers) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury).

Following the release of Thor: The Dark World in just over two weeks, the next Marvel film everyone has to look forward to is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a sequel to Joe Johnson’s Captain America that’s directed by Joe and Anthony Russo. And now that film finally has a trailer that will most certainly play in front of Thor: The Dark World screenings. It’s a no-brainer, really.

To start off, this is a great first trailer for a Marvel sequel. It implicitly calls back to Captain America’s history – both his history in World War II and in the events of The Avengers. Okay, it’s a sequel, so it’s bound to do that, but it doesn’t explicitly state said history and bludgeon viewers over the head with it. The trailer also showcases some nice rapport between Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Captain America (Chris Evans), as well as the potential machinations of Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), a new addition to the SHIELD hierarchy – above Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), even – and introduces Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) in one of the many solid and engaging money shots/sequences. I’m digging both Cap’s classic suit and his new military-styled black unitard, as well as Falcon’s HALO/wingsuit-derived suit. And you can’t miss Bucky/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) with his trademark cybernetic arm.

The first poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier catches up with Steve Rogers/Captain America after the events of The Avengers and follows him as he tries to find his way with SHIELD in the modern age of spying, warfare, and espionage, tangling with Nick Fury, Alexander Pierce, Black Widow, Crossbones (Frank Grillo), and Agent 13/Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) while dealing with a new foe: The Winter Soldier. It is the first action flick for directors Joe and Anthony Russo and is set for an April 4, 2014 release, most likely as an early summer blockbuster/tentpole feature.