Given that the show had seemed near played out when it ended its eight-season run four years ago, the question is why the longest-running espionage TV series in history seems still to have a lot of life left in it 13 years after it first ran.
If you're keeping score at home, of the three Marvel comic-book movies so far this summer (a term I use advisedly for a season that technically doesn't start for another month), X-Men: Days of Future Past outranks Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is about on a par with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
It was natural for the Russos to put Captain America in a political setting. They like to say they grew up in politics, because their father was a Cleveland city councilman and then a judge and their entire family is involved in politics.
On the spectrum of the Marvel Comics franchise films, Captain America: The Winter Soldier doesn't reach the cinematic heights of the Raimi Spider-Mans or Whedon's The Avengers, but doesn't crater out anywhere near the Thor or Fantastic Four efforts.