The most important characters in the new superhero movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Published: Wednesday, April 2 2014 6:25 p.m. MDT

This weekend’s release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” marks the ninth feature in Marvel’s ever-expanding Cinematic Universe, and the third to feature Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's Captain America.

For anyone who hasn’t followed the comic books, it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep track of all the names, faces and character histories. And given comic writers’ love of convoluted backstories, a quick glance at Wikipedia might just confuse you even more.

With that in mind, here’s a brief rundown of the most important characters in the new superhero movie, along with a simplified explanation of how (and when) they fit into the comics.

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