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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is the MCU's Most Important Film

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is an unprecedented success story. Although it had humble beginnings, it grew to become a worldwide phenomenon and is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. Avengers: Infinity War is less than two months away, and already the excitement for Marvel's epic team-up film has reached a fever pitch. The movie is set to pay off on 10 years of Marvel movies, offering viewers something the likes of which they have never seen before. The film is truly a milestone, and it never could have happened without a dedicated production team that has earned the audience's trust.

Nowadays, it seems like each Marvel movie is bigger than the last -- and with good reason. November's Thor: Ragnarok was the best and most lucrative Thor film yet. February's critically-acclaimed Black Panther is still busy shattering box-office records, an unparalleled film that is as socially relevant as it is beloved by fans. The ball will continue rolling on April 27 with the arrival of Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War. As the release of the film rapidly approaches, we take a look back at what made it all possible.

Obviously, there are many elements that helped make the MCU what it is today, but one film that stands above the rest. One film that changed everything, and set a roadmap for the future of Marvel's movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Without this quintessential sequel, the MCU wouldn't be what it is today, and Infinity War might have never happened the way it did.

Marvel took a gamble in hiring directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo to helm its Captain America sequel. Previously, the two brothers had only ever worked in comedy, seeding worry in many fans that started to doubt the directors' abilities to make a superhero film. But not only did the Russos prove everyone wrong, they managed to redefine the character of Steve Rogers in the modern world while delivering what many fans still consider to be Marvel's best film.

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