Movie Chronicles » The First Avenger: Captain America


First Captain America set pictures surface August 18th, 2010

The Cap­tain Amer­ica set was dis­cov­ered by The Media Club in Bourne woods, Sur­rey, UK, and they’ve been kind enough to post up some snaps of the loca­tion and pro­vide a lit­tle com­men­tary (although no scene details are mentioned).

On set report

via Media Club

Yes­ter­day I headed over to the film set for the upcom­ing big-budget 2011 Mar­vel release, Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger, after receiv­ing a sneaky tip from a friend that the film­ing was tak­ing place near my house. After trekking through the Bourne Woods in Farn­ham, Sur­rey, for about 10 min­utes we reached a perime­ter which, due to health and safety rea­son (AKA mas­sive explo­sions etc), we were not allowed to cross… so we didn’t. There were some tanks and some fel­las chill­ing out in army uni­forms, just then I noticed a man with a dirty blonde grown-out mil­i­tary hair­cut and I pointed for my friend to see. At this point a north­ern secu­rity woman tot­tered over to ask us if we were okay, to which we replied “yes”. We then began hav­ing a friendly chat to the woman about the loca­tion that has been pre­vi­ously used in Glad­i­a­tor, Chil­dren of Men, Harry Pot­ter, Wolf­man and the more recent Robin Hood. We then asked her what was going on cur­rently– with all the mil­i­tary vehi­cles and alike. At this point a rather seri­ous look­ing gen­tle­man came over and began to explain that the pro­duc­tion was that of a upcom­ing World War 2 film with the ridicu­lous name ‘Frost­bite’. We pre­tended to eat up his bar­rel of lies until he went on his busy way (which took all of 2 sec­onds). The secu­rity lady then seemed rather proud of their decep­tion before she noticed us whis­per­ing and gig­gling– like girls. She once again asked us if we were ok; this was the point at which our visit turned. We responded by inform­ing her that we knew it wasn’t ‘Frost­bite’, she played dumb and asked us what we ‘thought’ we knew. “Well,” I began “that guy over there is watch­ing a Cap­tain Amer­ica Tshirt, that mas­sive sticker on that trailer has Cap­tain Amer­ica on it, that’s Hay­ley Atwell (the female lead in the film) and we just saw Chris Evans (the actor play­ing Steve Rogers AKA Cpatain Amer­ica) walk­ing past in the cos­tume barely cov­ered by a trench coat.” This did have a shock­ing effect on the secu­rity woman, and she rudely claimed that we knew more than she did. She took a few steps back and we con­tin­ued to talk qui­etly amongst our­selves behind the bar­rier. About a minute later a tall man walked towards and told us we were being ‘a nui­sance’ we apol­o­gised and told him we were unaware; he then con­tin­ued and told us that he was call­ing the police and that we would be arrested. At this point I won­dered on what charges this could take place, he con­tin­ued to glare at us. “Man­ners cost noth­ing, my friend” I replied. He didn’t take too kindly to this rec­om­men­da­tion and we walked off.

Basi­cally, it was very excit­ing to see Chris Evans in cos­tume, the film set is look­ing good and the pro­duc­tion is obvi­ously being taken very seri­ously (as it should because Cap­tain Amer­ica is awe­some) and the shoot is being kept on the super-secret down-low but regret­tably some of the crew are so far up their own ass that they really ruined my excite­ment about a film I have been hugely look­ing for­ward to. Truth be told that guy is a tosser, and I went home to make posters to inform the pub­lic that ‘Frost­bite’ is a lie and that there was free entry to the set of Cap­tain America.

Captain America’s shield and Thor’s Infinity Gauntlet July 26th, 2010

Mar­vel have two more sur­prises for their fans, post-Avengers panel, on the shop floor are two new props — Cap­tain America’s shield and the Infin­ity Gaunt­let from Thor, which can be used in com­bi­na­tion with the Inifin­ity gems to gain com­plete con­trol of the universe.

The appear­ance of the gaunt­let throws up some ques­tions and pre­dic­tions for the Thor and Avengers movie plots. The gaunt­let was cre­ated by Thanos,

From Wiki:

Thanos mounts the six Infin­ity Gems, (col­lected in the The Thanos Quest lim­ited series), on his left glove to form the Infin­ity Gaunt­let, the focus of the title of the series. Each Gem grants its bearer com­plete mas­tery over one aspect of the uni­verse: Time, Space, Mind, Soul, Real­ity, and Power.

/Film more impor­tantly point out that, in the comics, Loki tries to attain the power of the gaunt­let, by steal­ing the infin­ity gems. He also seeks the Cos­mic Cube, which has been ref­er­enced in the Cap­tain Amer­ica footage; which would be a nice movie crossover prior to The Avengers. This ulti­mate power and cross-film vil­lain makes a very strong case for Loki being The Avengers main vil­lain. Thanos remains a strong pos­si­bil­ity, as he too sought the cos­mic cube.

SDCC Captain America and Thor posters July 25th, 2010

New posters have been released as part of SDCC, click for larger versions.

Chris Evans as Captain America — concept art June 15th, 2010

In March this year, Chris Evans was cast as Cap­tain America/Steve Rogers. We haven’t got our first images of him as Cap­tain Amer­ica just yet, but we do have some excel­lent con­cept and almost cer­tainly offi­cial art, orig­i­nally posted to AICN.

New Avengers, Thor, Captain America and Iron Man logos June 3rd, 2009

Com­ing via Pit­doc, AICN and the Las Vegas licens­ing show, we have updated Iron Man, Thor, Cap­tain Amer­ica and The Avengers logos, as well as an ‘Avengers Assem­ble’ badge.

Captain America cross-overs in recent Marvel movies March 29th, 2009

As part of Marvel’s efforts for a com­bined super-hero Avengers movie, there have been sub­tle ref­er­ences to Cap­tain Amer­ica in the two most recent releases, Iron Man and The Incred­i­ble Hulk:

Iron Man

When Pep­per Potts walks in on Tony Stark being undressed by JARVIS’ robot arms, at around the 1h30 mark, in the back­ground you can see a half com­plete shield that matches Cap­tain America’s red, white and blue design. Accord­ing to the exclu­sive Wal­mart comic book that came with the Iron Man DVD, Howard Stark (now rumored to appear in Iron Man 2) cre­ated the shield’s tech­nol­ogy and Tony is using an old dis­carded pro­to­type to cre­ate an alloy for his suit’s armor. This implies that, rather than cre­at­ing the shield, Tony Stark is tak­ing it apart, as pre­vi­ously rumored when the shield was first spotted.

The Incred­i­ble Hulk

On the 3-disc spe­cial edi­tion DVD there is a cut scene set in the snowy north where Bruce Ban­ner goes to com­mit sui­cide, before turn­ing into The Hulk and start­ing an avalanche. As the snow crum­bles you can just about make out the out­line of a human body and shield, meant to be Steve Rogers frozen in sus­pended ani­ma­tion, first spot­ted by Film School Rejects.

Other hat tips to Cap­tain Amer­ica include men­tion of the WWII ‘super­sol­dier serum’ cre­ated by Dr. Rein­stein, as injected into Emil Blon­sky. Incred­i­ble Hulk direc­tor Louis Leter­rier com­ments on this (IGN):

I wanted to address because I thought it was fun. But like Dr. Rein­stein and Vita Rays, that actu­ally was done on the day because we wanted the super serum. And the prop mas­ter said, “What do you want me to do with this?” And I said, “OK. Give me the serum.” And he said, “What color should the serum be?” I said, “Blue like Cap­tain Amer­ica and I want the cap for the vile to be red like Cap­tain Amer­ica.” And he said, “What do you want me to put on the sticker?” And I gave him Dr. Rein­stein and Vita Rays;

The appear­ance is at 2:25 in this video, not that you can really see it in this qual­ity: