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The First Avenger: Captain America

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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.

Further Thor, Captain America and Iron Man 2 details June 8th, 2009

Con­tin­u­ing on from the recent Kevin Feige rev­e­la­tions, First Show­ing have pro­vided a sec­ond com­men­tary of the event, which offers up some more details of these three movies.

Iron Man 2

In the first movie the film mak­ers man­aged to get the tone just right, for the sequel they are look­ing to add char­ac­ters and up the action whilst main­tain­ing this tone — keep­ing the right sense of humour. Film­ing is half way through and the major­ity of the spo­ken parts are com­plete, the next six weeks shall be ded­i­cated to action scenes!


There will be no Shake­spearean dia­logue in the Thor movie, despite its usage in the comics. Some scenes will take place in Asgard.

Cap­tain America

The first avenger movie shall be a period piece, set pre­dom­i­nantly dur­ing WWII. It is hoped that the movie can cap­ture a feel­ing sim­i­lar to Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the same lev­els of fun. Side­kick Bucky (wiki) will also make an appear­ance, in some capacity.

As for direc­tor Joe Johnston,

A lit­tle bit of The Rock­e­teer, lots of Octo­ber Sky, and a lit­tle bit of the ship designs that John­ston did for Star Wars, allud­ing to how this is the per­fect movie for him to direct. “It’s the movie his entire career has been lead­ing towards.”

Captain America movie shall begin pre-production in October June 6th, 2009

Mar­vel Stu­dios pro­ducer Kevin Feige has revealed a few details about the upcom­ing Cap­tain Amer­ica movie adap­ta­tion via a recent Iron Man 2 set visit.

Pre-production shall offi­cially begin this Octo­ber, with full pro­duc­tion set to start on June 28th 2010. It is likely to con­tain a num­ber of inter­na­tional loca­tions, rather than say, just New York or LA as the focus. With it, there will be a num­ber of inter­na­tional actors. The sto­ry­line in the movie isn’t likely to fol­low the ‘Truth’ arc set out in the comics, but more likely in some far off sequel.

The topic of Will Smith was raised, Feige acknowl­edged his inter­na­tional sta­tus but didn’t directly com­ment on casting.

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:

A brief history of the Captain America movie production March 29th, 2009

Nego­ti­a­tions for a Cap­tain Amer­ica movie adap­ta­tion orig­i­nally started in 1997, Mark Gor­don and Gary Levin­sohn were set to pro­duce with Larry Wil­son (“The Addams Fam­ily”) and Les Bohem (“Dante’s Peak”) pen­ning the script, with financ­ing help from Arti­san in May 2000. (Vari­ety)

How­ever a law­suit between Mar­vel Comics and Cap­tain Amer­ica co-creator Joe Simon halted the pro­ceed­ings, a set­tle­ment was agreed upon in Sep­tem­ber 2003 (Vari­ety) but by this time the orig­i­nal plans had been scrapped.

The project kick-started again in 2005 with Mer­rill Lynch’s $500m invest­ment and a new plan to cre­ate 10 movies, one of those being Cap­tain Amer­ica, with dis­tri­b­u­tion by Para­mount Pictures.

In 2005 then pro­ducer Avi Arad com­mented on the plans (MTV), with a pro­jected 2008 release date and Jon Favreau at the helm.

“Cap­tain Amer­ica is the most famous char­ac­ter out there, by name. The biggest oppor­tu­nity with him is as a man ‘out of time,’ com­ing back today — look­ing at our world through the eyes of some­one who thought the per­fect world was small-town Amer­ica. Sixty years go by, and who are we today? Are we better?

“I have a writer,” he says. “And I have some­one in mind to be the star, and I def­i­nitely have some­one in mind to be the direc­tor. This script is going to take a lit­tle bit of time, because it has to be a mas­ter­piece. It’s ‘Back to the Future’ kind of stuff.”

Favreau ulti­mately decided to take on the Iron Man and Iron Man 2 projects instead and he explained his choice in an inter­view with Super­hero Hype:

SHH!: So why did you decide to do an Iron Man movie?
Favreau: […] I’d always [Avi Arad] about “Cap­tain Amer­ica,” this was long before Mar­vel broke off and became its own stu­dio, so that was the one I was inter­ested in, because I thought there were a lot of comedic pos­si­bil­i­ties with a guy who got frozen and then turned around and now is fight­ing for Amer­ica. “Iron Man” has always been the flip­side of “Cap­tain Amer­ica,” rep­re­sent­ing maybe more prag­matic, darker aspects of Amer­ica. When we first talked about the notion of doing “Iron Man,” I felt excited because it lends itself, very eas­ily, to the tech­nol­ogy that is avail­able today. Where as an organic super­hero, you know any­body who is a guy in tights is a lit­tle scary in CGI, but a robot-based guy is really a mar­riage made in heaven, so I’m explor­ing what the tech­nol­ogy has to offer. To me, with the polit­i­cal cli­mate what it is now, it’s such a com­plex char­ac­ter and these times are so com­plex, mir­ror­ing in a lot of ways, his incep­tion in the 60’s when on the cusp of Viet­nam, it was just as unpop­u­lar to have an arms man­u­fac­turer as your hero. I really wanted to explore that so it’s very excit­ing to me in that way. It’s also excit­ing because it’s Marvel’s first movie on its own.

Then in 2007 cur­rent pro­ducer Kevin Feige reported a 2009 release with David Self writ­ing (hired in 2006) (IGN),

“I have a writer on Cap­tain Amer­ica right now. […] I’m hop­ing to get a direc­tor on that very soon, to get that into the pipeline in the next year or so. David Self is writ­ing Cap­tain America.”

The movie would be split half and half between present day and World War II. Feige also com­mented on the polit­i­cal cli­mate and the strongly Amer­i­can themed hero:

“I cer­tainly think we’ll have to play with that. Play with Cap­tain Amer­ica being this patri­otic pro­pa­ganda machine on one hand, but being a very human Steve Rogers, inter­est­ing, fas­ci­nat­ing hero in his own right,” Feige says. “The good news is Mar­vel is per­ceived pretty well around the world right now, and I think putting another über-Marvel hero into the world­wide box office would be a good thing. The script David Self is writ­ing [and] the direc­tor that we end up hir­ing… we cer­tainly are going into it with our eyes open that these are all things that we have to deal with much the same way that Cap­tain Amer­ica, when thawed from the Arc­tic ice entered a world that he didn’t rec­og­nize, and had to sort of deal with the changes, whether it was when Stan [Lee] did it in the ‘60s and that world Steve Rogers was com­ing into, or the world of 2009.”

Self also com­ments

“He’s a Nor­man Rock­well char­ac­ter who is faced with today’s Amer­ica and is forced to look at his own past, things in the ‘40s that weren’t nec­es­sar­ily what they were cracked up to be, and also how today’s coun­try may be dif­fer­ent than it looks,”

The movie’s pro­duc­tion was put on hold by the 2007–2008 Writer’s Guild of Amer­ica strikes, with pro­duc­tion start­ing up again in Jan­u­ary ’08. On May 5th 2008 the film’s release date was set at May 6th, 2011. Joe John­ston (Jumanji, Juras­sic Park III) offi­cially signed on to direct in Novem­ber 2008 with Christo­pher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia) hired to re-write the script.

With Barack Obama’s elec­tion, inter­na­tional opin­ion on Amer­i­can pol­i­tics has had an up surge in pop­u­lar­ity lead­ing to changes in the movie, Kevin Feige (EW):

“The idea of change and hope has per­me­ated the coun­try, regard­less of pol­i­tics, and that includes Hol­ly­wood. Dis­cus­sions in all our devel­op­ment meet­ings include the zeit­geist and how it’s changed in the last two weeks. Things are being adjusted.

The pro­duc­tion release date has since been pushed back slightly, to July 22nd 2011.

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