As we put 2013 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start looking forward to the onslaught of new movies that 2014 has in store for cinephiles. And no blockbuster has more hype behind it than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Cap is easily the cornerstone of Marvel’s comic book universe, but in the movie world he’s often overshadowed by Thor and Iron Man. Marvel is aiming to rectify that with The Winter Soldier, which is looking to improve upon the franchise’s uneven 2011 debut by turning up the action and emotion for the sequel.

Now Empire has debuted a handful of new images from the movie to drum up excitement for the April 2014 release. In these images we get a fresh look at Sebastian Stan as the mysterious Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, and Chris Evans as Cap in his comic-inspired Super Soldier outfit. Most intriguing, though, is the image of Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce character speaking with Nick Fury, played again by Samuel L. Jackson.

Is Redford’s character really a senior member of S.H.I.E.L.D., or is Marvel looking to serve up a twist like the studio did with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3? You’ll have to wait until the movie is released on April 4, 2014 to find out what Redford is really up to. Until then, enjoy the images below:

 

[via Empire]