The Winter Soldier sees Chris Evans' hero still struggling to embrace his role in the modern world, despite the events of The Avengers. Here he teams up with fellow Avenger Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow) to battle a powerful, shadowy enemy in Washington, D.C.
It's no spoiler that the shadowy enemy in question is none other than his resurrected friend, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), who has been cybernetically altered to become the ultimate assassin, giving name to the sequels subtitle.
Along for the ride are Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, The Adjustment Bureau) as the feathered Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Zero Dark Thirty) as the gun-friendly Brock Rumlow (a.k.a. Crossbones) and mixed martial artist Georges St-Pierre as the springy Georges Batroc (a.k.a. Baltroc The Leaper).
There is also confirmation from Marvel that Hayley Atwell will be returning as Peggy Carter, though presumably this will be a flashback sequence contrary to what she herself has said. Toby Jones' Arnim Zola will also be returning, again presumably as a flashback. Joining the regulars are Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 (a.k.a. Sharon Carter, a relative of Peggy's), Maximiliano Hernández as Agent Jasper Sitwell, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho, Nick Fury. Not to mention screen legend Robert Redford who will playing Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the directors chair(s) are brothers Anthony and Joe Russo (You, Me And Dupree, Community) who are returning to features after spending the last seven years producing for TV.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due for release on 4 April 2014.