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.
The First Avenger: Captain America
Chris Evans as Captain America — concept art June 15th, 2010
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.
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:
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.”
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.”
“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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