Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Disney

The first Captain America was terrific and inspiring: the story of a skinny kid from Brooklyn named Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who was desperate to serve his country and stop the rise of fascism.

The Winter Soldier, though, took things in a wildly different direction, invoking the conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s to tell a story of corruption from within. Steve Rogers, it seems, thawed out into a world much more complicated than the one he left behind.

And the chemistry between Cap and the Black Widow aka Natasha (Scarlett Johansson, above with Evans) was crackling, which is almost never the case in a Marvel movie. An easy choice for our list of sequels better than the originals.

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