Last night's Super Bowl trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was full of awesomeness and included some hints to the "death" of a major player.
The second trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier didn't disappoint at all. It was full of big moments and one big reveal: the death of someone very important. Given the predicament the trailer sets up, we can only come to the conclusion that the man under this sheet is Nick Fury. What follows is just amateur speculative deduction which could prove to be completely incorrect in just a couple of months.
Now, Marvel is very clever and deliberate in their marketing; they have the majority of the audience under the opinion that Nick Fury is going to die in this movie. The trailer follows him from the attack on his SUV to the shot of Widow, Cap and Maria Hill convening near his corpse. However, in my opinion, they also give away the fact that Fury is not going to stay dead very long and that they are going to follow a classic comic book arc. I know I'm not the only one thinking this and that's good, but I'm going to spend a bit of time laying out exactly what evidence the trailer gave us last night and how I think that applies.
The first screen grab speaks for itself: Fury's been attacked and he's looking up at his attacker. I'd say The Winter Solider is about to finish the job.
The next two screen grabs show Rogers and the Widow looking into Fury' operating room, very concerned and, most importantly, wearing the same clothes they are wearing when they are grieving over the dead body in the still at the top of the page.
This screen grab shows Rogers, with his friend Sam Wilson, at what could be a cemetery, possibly at Fury's "grave" having a brief chat about setting things in motion to fix what's gone wrong with S.H.I.E.L.D.
The next two screen grabs come together in the film, I imagine, as Rogers learns for himself that Fury is not dead. It is at this point, in my opinion, that Rogers will lose the Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. outfit and put back on his classic Captain America outfit, which we see in the trailer.
The first screen grab comes from about the 1:50 mark of the trailer where Rogers tells Fury, "Everything goes." The second screen grab below comes at just about the 2 minute mark as Fury says, "Looks like you're giving the orders now, Captain." Put together, in the larger context of the film, this is about Fury, Rogers, Widow and the Falcon working to bring down S.H.I.E.L.D. in its entirety.
This final shot shows Fury, still alive and well post-accident (check out the wounds), revealing himself to the baddies, most likely Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce. There was no voice over from Samuel L. here, but if there had been one, it most likely would have been, "Surprise mutha f#%&*@!"
To put together a rough outline, Fury will be attacked early on leaving Rogers working only for Pierce as an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. It won't be long before it's revealed that Pierce and really all of S.H.I.E.L.D. are under the influence of HYDRA and that the attack on Fury came from within. It will be revealed to Cap that Fury's has gone underground and the two will come up with a plan to tear down S.H.I.E.L.D. and reveal to the world that HYDRA still exists and is in power. They will go after Agent Sitwell and Senator Sterns and there's no telling just how high up this whole thing will go. Keep in mind, the vice-president was under influence from AIM in Iron Man 3. It's safe to assume we've seen quite a few of the film's climactic battle scenes in the trailers and there's going to be a mess to clean up. As we've known for quite some time, things will have changed immensely by the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and we can start to see why we've heard that this film is the one that ties most directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This film has been pimped as a 70's style espionage-thriller and I think Marvel is making all the right moves here. A spy film where the organization itself is found to be rotten to the core AFTER the head of the organization is taken out by the organization! This is classic spy stuff and classic Marvel comics stuff. Enjoy this film guys; it is setting up to be one of the best and you can see why Marvel was hot after the Russo brothers to return for Cap 3 to kill off Rogers.
Watch the U.S. trailer AND the International Trailer, which features our first look at Agent 13, below: