Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Complete Annotations


Some excellent Apple product placement. They are at the Apple Store at Topanga. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Canoga Park, California.

The Apple employee – Aaron – is played by DC Pierson.

SHIELD arrives, pulling up at West Lakeside Avenue, near West 4th Street, Cleveland.

After a bit of classic screwball comedy, Cap and Widow escape.

A deleted scene around here features Maria Hill and Sitwell.

Cap steals a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado.

After a chat, he and Widow arrive at Wheaton, Camp Lehigh. This was wear Steve Rogers became Captain America in Captain America The First Avenger (2010), and where he trained. The real location is Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center. It’s on Old Newton Falls Road, Ravenna, Ohio, just outside Cleveland.

He sees his younger self. It’s the same special effect used in Captain America The First Avenger (2011).


Cap and Widow investigate, and they find three photos. From left to right:

  • Colonel Chester Phillips, played by Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Young Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper.

We saw both men last in Captain America: The First Avenger (2010).

Last photo of the young Peggy Carter.

Cap and Widow find the secret office in the secret office. The code is 8539. There is suggestion that this is a nod to the release date of Patriot #3, a comic from 5th August 1939, drawn by Joe Simon, who co-created Captain America.

The USB is able to power on the secret room.

Widow’s line about playing a game. She is quoting the 1983 film WarGames.

In the computer is Arnim Zola. He’s played by Toby Jones.

Toby Jones as Arnim Zola in Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014)

This is Jones’ 2nd appearance in the MCU as Zola. We last saw him in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

This is a drastic, yet still somewhat faithful, reinterpretation of Zola from the comics. The comic book version. Zola was indeed a Nazi scientist, and we saw him as such in the first film. In the comics, he developed a way for a mind to be projected into another body. Ultimately, Zola ended up in a powerful robot body, with his essence represented by a digital face on his chest. He doesn’t have a body here, but the blurry image of Zola on a screen is a nice nod. He is also Swiss in the comics.

Zola says Widow was born in 1984. Scarlett Johansson was also born that year.

Operation Paperclip was real. Although SHIELD didn’t do it, America did recruit several German scientists to help after World War II.

Zola The does some exposition-ing. We see a HYDRA logo.

Then images of The Red Skull – both before and after – played by Hugo Weaving in Captain America The First Avenger.

Various bits of footage from the first film mixed with real archival footage relating to World War II.


As Zola reveals that Hydra has been around for all this time, we see a newspaper clipping revealing Howard Stark‘s death. 17th December 1991, from a car accident with his wife. Those details are confirmed and played out in Captain America: Civil War (2016).

We see surveillance footage and a satellite that has Insight written on it.

And a missile blows everything up. SHIELD and Rumlow come for the clean up.

At Pierce’s home – location unknown.

He opens his fridge. In the fridge is a jar of Newman’s Own Pasta Sauce. It is owned by Redford’s good friend and co-star in several great films – Paul Newman.

He’s confronted by the Winter Soldier.

Renata. Played by Branka Katic.

Pierce kills her.

Sam Wilson‘s place. 2193 West 7th Street, Novak Alley, Cleveland.

Cap has obviously forgotten about his other friend Tony Stark. Cap is such a bad friend.


Sam joins the fight. The file he gave Cap is called Falcon – his future code name.

Cut to a hotel. It’s The Willard, 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC.

Walking with Sitwell is Senator Stern, played by Garry Shandling.

Garry Shandling as Senator Stern in Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014)

This is Shandling’s 2nd appearance in the MCU. We last saw him in Iron Man 2 (2010).

Cap and Widow take Sitwell a roof. This scene was done on a set, to green screen. The aerial around them was shot at 36 S Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland.

And Falcon appears.

Falcon in Captain America The Winter Soldier (2014)


Sitwell’s list of targets. He mentions Bruce Banner, aka The Hulk.

The Stephen Strange is, of course, a reference to Doctor Strange. We will find out in Doctor Strange (2016) that Stephen Strange is not yet the Sorcerer Supreme at this point.

The others are not an obvious reference to anything. The hero Moon Knight has powers that tie with Egypt so the Cairo reference could have a been a soft nod to that. But as history would show, this Easter egg had no planning behind it.

Onto a highway. It’s Cleveland Memorial Shoreway.

They drive a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Is this Sam Wilson’s car?

They are attacked by The Winter Soldier.

It looks like Sitwell was killed.

They are hit from behind by a Hummer.

After the car is wrecked, Winter Soldier blows Cap off the highway. The fight spills onto the street below, which is Lakeside Avenue.

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