In the build up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the cast and crew talked about how it was a 1970s style conspiracy thriller disguised as a superhero movie. For example President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige in a preview article for SFX Magazine said
we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie
The film achieves this, especially with the casting of Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce the star of many 70s conspiracy movies. For me the issue is that the film never escapes the clichés of the comic book movie.
BELOW THE BREAK THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER AND THE DARK KNIGHT