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A good rule of thumb when making a great sequel to a superhero film is to present a darker, more menacing premise following your origin story film (see also: The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2, Superman II, Batman Returns [hey, I like it]).  And, it seems that the folks at Marvel wholly agree with that theory, as the new teaser poster for the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier presents a rather stark and ominous first official advertising image for the film.

In the movie, Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) teams up with fellow Avenger Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) in his struggle to fight a “covert enemy” in Washington D.C., deal with living in the modern world, and facing his best friend, Bucky Barnes/ The Winter Soldier.

And now we have the teaser poster for the film, which features Captain America’s famous and indestructible “vibranium” metal shield, but in a condition we haven’t seen before—battle damaged and with most of the red, white, and blue scraped off.  Not only is the seeming implication that Cap will be taking some hints, the disappearance of the American colors seems to hint that the famously straight-laced hero is no longer in the world of black and white (or, rather, red, white and blue) morality he once knew.

Captain America The Winter Soldier teaser poster

Captain America: The Winter Solider is set for an April 4, 2014 release date.

What do you think of the teaser poster?