In just over three months, when "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" hits theaters, Steve Rogers will face his deadliest foe yet, in the form of an old friend.
Ahead of the titular Winter Soldier's arrival on the big-screen, Marvel Studios plans to unveil a full Super Bowl preview on Sunday night. Good Morning America just aired a sneak peek at the Super Bowl spot, and while it was light on dialogue and plot details, it was heavy on the highly-anticipated assassin.
A quick recap, in case you need it: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" takes its subtitle and titular menace from an acclaimed run of Marvel Comics written by Ed Brubaker. In the story, Cap is stunned to learn that Bucky Barnes, long thought dead, is not only alive, but operating as a mind-altered super-spy known as the Winter Soldier.
For the film, Sebastian Stan returns to the role of Bucky, albeit under deadlier circumstances than the last time we saw him. Until now, Marvel has kept the Winter Soldier close to the vest in marketing the movie, opting instead to emphasize returning players like Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. But based on this early look, the Super Bowl preview plans to blow the Winter Soldier secret wide open.
Just from these short seconds alone, we already see a showdown between Steve and Bucky, staring each other down from across an elevated walkway — an image that harkens back to Cap's first encounter with the Red Skull all the way back in "Captain America: The First Avenger."
It's an exciting, albeit brief, look at one of Marvel's most anticipated projects. And it appears that Marvel has a lot of confidence in the film as well; according to reports, the studio has already tapped brothers and co-directors Joe and Anthony Russo to return for a third "Captain America."
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens in theaters on April 4.