Seeing that there were so many Captain America: The Winter Soldier posters out there (both official and alternative), I tried abandoning what has already been seen: a lot of shots of Cap, the Winter Soldier figure, a flying Falcon, Black Widow wielding guns, some Helicarriers, a DC backdrop, etc. I went with just isolating Captain America, what he represents and what he's facing.
The US flag was what I started with initially. Once I got the color solidified, everything else came together. The flag serves as the literal represenation of what Captain America stands for and defends.
I made the dark and stormy skyline backdrop as a representation of the Winter Solider and everything that Captain America will face in the plot of this sequel.
Overall, with the coloring and minimalist setting, the poster has a sort of subtle retro feel that is seen in my other posters (this is all derived from commentary from fellow friends), so it may go well with my overall portfolio.