Captain America: The First Avenger
Release Date: July 22, 2011
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Toby Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Neal McDonough
We find ourselves in the middle of the comic book adaptation craze with several big name projects scheduled to be released within the next year or two, but this fascination with the comic book movie hasn’t always been this powerful. Comic adaptations have been alive and well for a long time, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 when a little film by the name of X-Men was released where audiences (and Hollywood) truly fell in love with this action packed sub-genre.
Any fan of comics, Marvel especially, knows that the amount of cross-overs is just plain ridiculous, but for whatever reason is so damned interesting. The movie world seems to have caught on to this and with the release of Iron Man they announced the Avengers project which is making an origin movie for every member of the original Avengers team before making their big Avengers film. It sounds like a fantastic idea in practice and only time will tell on how good the actual thing will turn out, but nevertheless I am excited.
One up-coming Avengers film has got me more excited than the others though and that is Captain America. Cap’s never been my favorite superhero but a genetically engineered super soldier wielding a titanium shield bearing the stars-n-stripes screams bad assery. This film is going to focus primarily on the origin story, young Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the super soldier Captain America. While I’m not exactly thrilled that Chris Evans is going to be playing the titular character (that looks dirty) I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the cast. Hugo Weaving as Red Skull? Tommy Lee Jones? Stanley Tucci?! Even if Chris Evans sucks it up big time (which I really, really hope he doesn’t but if its anything like Johnny Human Torch…) the rest of the cast will hold the film. That’s what I’m hoping anyways.
Well since most info about this is still in the dark I don’t have a trailer to put up for it, but I will be keeping a very close eye on this project and will post any updates that I catch.