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First Captain America footage shown at SDCC July 25th, 2010

Open­ing teaser

Descrip­tion of footage from Quint at AICN:

Kevin Feige started the panel which began with a teaser for Cap­tain Amer­ica, a film that has only been shoot­ing for 5 days.
The teaser was WW2 footage… typ­i­cal stuff: planes bomb­ing, anti-aircraft guns fir­ing, sol­diers march­ing, super­im­posed over what is obvi­ously a very slow reveal of the red, white and blue shield. Roosevelt’s Day of Infamy speech plays over this footage as text appeared on the screen:
Our courage and strength led us into bat­tle, sto­ries emerged of heroes … but one story has never been told.
Bam, the full cir­cu­lar shield. Is shown, then fades to black as text appears: Every army starts with one man.
Cap­tain America’s sil­hou­ette, shield on the arm, stand­ing in near pro­file. To black.
“Next sum­mer meet the world’s first avenger.”
Chris Evans turn­ing around in cos­tume, very much like the designs we’ve seen over the last month or so. No wings on head, but very much a prac­ti­cal army suit.
The title hit and then the zinger (you know the zinger… every trailer has one… you think it’s over and then BAM some­thing else) was of Evans launch­ing the shield right at camera.

Descrip­tion of footage from /Film:

The teaser begins show­ing clips from World War II super­im­posed over close-ups of the Captain’s shield, while audio plays of FDR’s “Day That Will Live in Infamy” speech. On screen text reads: “Sto­ries emerged…. But one story has never been told…. Every army starts with one man.” Cut to a shot of a sil­hou­ette of Cap­tain Amer­ica. On screen text reads: “Next Sum­mer you will meet the First Avenger” We then see a short shot of Chris Evans in cos­tume as Cap­tain Amer­ica shown from behind/side. Cap­tain Amer­ica logo. Cut to another shot of Evans in cos­tume, this time from the front view. We don’t get to see much as he tosses his shield at the camera.

Hugo Weav­ing footage

Quint again:

Nor­way, May 1942. Two men stand in a stone cas­tle as one of the walls is busted inward, crush­ing one of the men. The room fills with Nazis as they restrain the older gen­tle­man (who looked just like Finch from Pot­ter, but I’m not 100% pos­i­tive it was actu­ally David Bradley).They go to an elab­o­rate cof­fin, with an intri­cate stone design on top. “Open it! Quickly! Before he gets here.”

Of course “he” is The Red Skull. Hugo, look­ing sharp in an SS uni­form, is sil­hou­et­ted in the hole the Nazis busted into the keep. After a beat, he comes down, obvi­ously feared by his crew. His face is just nor­mal Hugo Weav­ing as he approaches the ter­ri­fied older guy that may or may not be Finch from Potter.

“It took me a long time to find this place,” Weav­ing said with an elo­quent menace.

“What you seek is just a leg­end!” says the Old Man.

:Then why make such an effort to con­ceal it?”

Weav­ing eas­ily pushes the heavy stone slab off the cof­fin, reveal­ing a skele­ton clutch­ing a cube, which Weav­ing called the Jewel of Odin’s trea­sure room. The Cos­mic Cube? I don’t remem­ber if it’s tied to Thor in the books, but I like them already tying these fran­chises together.

Weav­ing holds the cube, look­ing at it and sud­denly smashes it. It’s a fake, a decoy and Skull saw through it. “It is not some­thing one buries, but I think it is close, yes?”

He walks to an elab­o­rate door with a carv­ing on it of a large tree. Tree of the world, gar­den of wis­dom… and fate… Weav­ing says as he admires it. He reaches out and touches a snake eye in han­dle, which opens a con­tainer filled­with a glow­ing blue light. Weav­ing looks long­ingly inside and then back up at the old man. “You have never seen this, have you?” The old, defi­ant man answers: “It is not for the eyes of ordi­nary men… “ With a wicked smile Weav­ing says: “Exactly!”

End of scene.

/Film’s ver­sion of events:

They then pre­miered footage they claim was filmed just last week. The footage was very rough, com­plete with time­code. The footage begins with the title card “Nor­way, May 1942″ we see told older men in a stone castle-like inte­rior. The walls are shak­ing, dust and dirt falling. The wall implodes inward as a Nazi sol­diers come rush­ing in, and exam­ine a crypt in the cen­ter of the room. And then Johann Shmidt (Hugo Weav­ing pre Red Skull) makes his entrance from the huge hole in the wall. He orders the sur­viv­ing old man to hand over “The Tesser­act.” The man tells Shmidt that what he is look­ing for is just a leg­end. Shmidt responds, “then why go through so much work to con­ceal it?” The crypt is opened, and inside is the bones of a cru­sader hold­ing a misty crys­tal white cube. Shmidt picks it up, and says “The Tesser­act was the prize of Odin’s col­lec­tion.” But he isn’t fooled. He throws it down on the ground, smash­ing it to bits. This is not what he was look­ing for.

He then turns his atten­tion to the wall, which con­tains a large wood cav­ing of Yggdrasil, the Norse Tree of Life. In the wall he finds a hid­den com­part­ment. Hell pulls it out and opens it. Blue glow fills his face. Shmidt says to the man “You haven’t seen this yet, have you?” The man responds, “It’s not for the eyes of ordi­nary men.”

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