The Marvel movie universe of characters grows and evolves with every film ripped from the comic books, and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is no exception. Some have the familiar ring of the page, others have joined the good-vs.-evil battles just for the big screen. Here are five characters making a splash in the latest Cap film, which finds our all-American hero and his pals pitted against a foe from inside the good-guy network known as S.H.I.E.L.D.
Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) -- The same actor played Bucky in "Captain America: The First Avenger," but that's where the similarity ends. The title character in this movie is, like Steve Rogers, a man out of time and resurrected with super strength and a bionic arm. Rogers' best friend, thought dead in WWII action, has had his past wiped away to become a dutiful soldier for the enemy.
Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) -- The venerable actor is a new face to the Marvel superhero genre. We meet Pierce as a major player on the World Security Council and learn that he helped get Nick Fury his position as leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. The two became allies during a hostage situation in Bogota, when Fury disobeyed orders that helped save the hostages, including Pierce's daughter.
Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) -- This Falcon is along the lines of the latest Marvel iteration of the character who started out as a criminal. As times changed, he evolved into the well-trained military man well-met by Captain America. Sam has returned after two tours in Afghanistan and is helping veterans when he befriends our hero and tells Cap he's "a flier," neglecting to mention that it's not his plane that wears the wings.
Agent Jasper Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez) -- Fans of the TV series "Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." saw this character in Tuesday's episode, until he was told to report to the ship the Lemurian Star, a direct reference to the film that opens today. He also had cameos in "The Avengers" and "Thor" and made a couple of video shorts including the "The Confrontation," a meeting with fellow agent Phil Coulson that bridged "Iron Man 2" and "The Incredible Hulk."
Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) -- At first glance, she's just one in a list of women whom Natasha/Black Widow is trying to get Cap to ask out on a date. He finds out later that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has been hiding in plain sight as his bodyguard, and comic book fans will recognize her as something more in Captain America's life.