In the Marvel Universe, Captain America is the oldest comic book hero to be pictured on the big screen. The recent release, and might I add the last superhero release of the summer, of Captain America: The First Avenger shows Marvel’s plan for setting up the storyline for an Avengers release. The film, directed by Joe Johnston is followed by releases of Thor, Iron Man, and the ever-so-disappointing Hulk that is seemingly just hyping up the crowd for The Avengers release in May 2012.
Marvel alumni Chris Evans (Johnny Storm/Fantastic 4) plays Brooklyn’s own Steve Rogers that gets juiced up by a an experimental “Super Soldier” serum and “Vita-Ray” treatment to aid America’s war effort during WWII. Although the “new” Rogers has no superhuman powers, he is transformed from his previous frail form into the pinnacle of human perfection. The treatment doesn’t wear off and Rogers experiences the highest limits of strength, endurance, speed, and healing. Although at first Rogers has to put on some very entertaining shows as Captain America before actually being accepted as a real soldier, he does eventually win over Colonel Chester Phillips.
Captain America’s foe in this film is the sinister Schmidt, or better known as the first Red Skull played remarkably well by Hugo Weaving. The nemesis then acquires the Cosmic Cube (a popular Marvel object) and uses his evil genius to make a world destructive plan.
The film is action-packed with your typical blow-up bomb sequences and great combat moves, although with the Cosmic Cube’s “blue energy” that resembles a very Dr. Manhattan-esque type effect. There are parts that were very funny and made the whole theater light up with laughter and parts that the 3D effects actually made you move your head. Of course there was some brief romance too, cannot forget the attraction between Rogers and the SSR officer Peggy Carter – and I’m glad they kept it brief.
The movie ends with an entertaining twist, which I can’t seem to come to a full conclusion about yet. It seems as though the entire movie was one really long trailer just to promote The Avengers – and in that sense the ending didn’t do much for me. Although they did do a good job in making me want to catch the film next May. Captain America is basically a reminder at the time when comics came out to be pure fun. At a time that America needed a hero, Captain America was there in the comic books – lifting spirits of the youth of that time, and this movie does just that. It successfully introduces Captain America in a fun manner that repeats the same style of patriotism as the release of Captain America in the 1940s.