Captain America: The First Avenger

30 Jun

Movie Release Date: July 22nd, 2011
Directed By: Joe Johnston
Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Richard Armitage
Movie plot:

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals. –

Comic Book Release Date: March 1941
Originally Published in: Captain America Comics #1
Created By: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Book Description:

Eager to serve his country during World War Two, Steve Rogers was transformed into a physically perfect man by the government”s Super Soldier Program. Armed with an indestructible shield and the physical prowess of an Olympic athlete, Rogers fought valiantly to uphold the ideals and principles of democracy until frozen in a block of ice where he was preserved for decades. Discovered by the Avengers and revived, Steve Rogers is a man out of time, who remains vigilant in his battle to protect the innocent and uphold the American ideals of truth, justice and honor. – From ‘Marvel’ book jacket

Other Versions of the Book Cover:

Difference between the movie and the book:

  • I haven’t seen the movie yet, but when I do I will post it here!

Interesting facts about the book and/or movie:

  • This would be the 5th live-action adaptation of this comic book series
  • Despite being “The First Avenger”, it is the last solo Avenger film to be released before the team-up film, The Avengers.
  • Originally cameo appearances were planned in the film for Wolverine Magneto, who were present during World War II (Logan was a soldier and Lensherr was a prisoner of war). These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues.
  • The final Paramount Pictures film produced with Marvel Studios. Disney bought the rights to The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
  • Chris Evans declined this role 3 times before deciding to take it.
  • Joe Simon (created the “Captain America” comic in 1941 before Stan Lee revived it in 1964), was approached to make a cameo appearance in the film.
  • Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character adapted into another medium (1944 movie serial Captain America)
  • Wait until after the credits, you will seen a clip from “The Avengers” movie coming out 2012.

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In My Opinion…..

I saw this movie this past Tuesday and it was REALLY good! My expectations for any comic-to-movie film has gone WAY down since it seems like every month there is a superhero movie and they have not lived up to the hype and does not pay tribute to the original storyline. In the case of this movie, I have never read any Captain America comic, but I have done a little poking around on Wikipedia and other sources for this blog, and know bits and pieces of information. But the movie was a delight to watch – it had action, humor, a dash of romance and tons more action! The flow of the movie was perfect and I appreciated how after Steve Rogers buffed up, he wasn’t sent off into the field right away. The inclusion of these scenes, I think, made the movie have more substance and added to depth to the Steve Rogers character, allowing us to see the fuel that started him. I also like how they paid tribute to the original outfit of Captain America and how it slowly morphed into the updated/modernized uniform that we see in the movie poster. I think that Tommy Lee Jones played his part really well and he totally nailed the mannerism of his character down.
As well, the CGI was pretty damn amazing – I think I was too busy during the beginning sequence, trying to see if I could catch any proportion slip-ups in Chris Evans’ tiny-to-bulky figure (didn’t see anything, but there is always time when it comes out in DVD/BluRay).
I think the best part was the ending for me, and I think a few others will agree. It is the slow realization of the truth and  that feeling that you are in same plane of existence as Steve Rogers at that moment. It’s that “Um…Okay?What?! What? Huh?…..Oh!” moment. (I’m proud to say that It occurred to me as once he came sprinting out of the building – people in the audience didn’t get it until one of the agents explained the situation.)
Definitely the best movie of 2011, so far!

I recommend watching these:

  • Smallville (TV Series – 2001)
  • Lois & Clark (TV Series – 1993)
  • Heroes (TV Series – 2006)
  • Kick-Ass (Film – 2010)
  • Iron Man (Movie – 2008)

I recommend these books:

  • Any Marvel or DC Comics graphic novel
  • 300 (Graphic Novel – Frank Miller)
  • V For Vendetta (Graphic Novel – Alan Moore)
  • Kick-Ass (Graphic Novel – Mark Millar)
  • Watchmen (Graphic Novel – Alan Moore)

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