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Preview of Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers
"I'm loyal to nothing - except the Dream."
Captain America is one of the most long lasting and most popular superheroes in Marvel Comics to date. However, he hasn't been introduced to the more casual of fans or moviegoers just yet. That is all about to change come July 22nd 2012. Captain America will be played by Chris Evans, yes the goofy guy who was in movies such as Not Another Teen Movie, Scott Pilgrim and yes he was also the Human Torch in the abysmal Fantastic Four films.
At first it didn't seem like a great job of casting putting Evans in the iconic role, but considering the success and the time Marvel Studios has put into all of there properties as of late should lead skeptics to bite their tongue. After doing some research into who the director Joe Johnston and company was looking at to play the role, it's refreshing to hear that Evan is playing the part over the other actors they were looking at. The other actors that were on the shortlist to play the part were:
- Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl, Twelve)
- John Krasinski (The Office, Knuckleheads)
- Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights)
- Mike Vogel (Cloverfield)
- Patrick Flueger (Brothers, The 4400)
- Michael Cassidy (Privileged)
- Garrett Hedlund (TRON Legacy, Friday Night Lights)
Alot of those actors would make for a better Bucky Barnes then Steve Rogers but atleast we don't have to worry about that. Bucky Barnes will be played by Sebastian Stan (The Covenant, Black Swan). Also surprisingly, Chris Evans was reportedly signed on for 10 films by Marvel Studios. Granted they are already working on the script for the second Captain America it is still a surprisingly amount of films. It is also understandable how for a franchise of films, actors usually get signed on for more films then they actually star in but it also goes to show how many films Marvel Studios is planning to do to with this universe they have created within their movies.
This film will follow Steve Rogers and show him before he receives the super solider serum. In the trailer you see a quick shot of a tiny and scrawny Steve Rogers in a fight as he uses a trash can lid as a shield against a bigger opponent in an alley. He then wants to serve for the military in World War 2 but is deemed unfit for battle. Rogers then signs up for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a symbol of hope and a hero dedicated to defending the ideals of America.
To Each Great Hero, Comes a Great Villain
The Red Skull is the obvious pick to be the villain for the first Captain America film especially when you considering the time period being placed in World War 2. He was born as Johann Shmidt and had an tumultuous upbringing, Shmidt's mother gave birth to him and died shortly which caused his father to dip further into madness. His father blamed Shmidt for the death of the woman he loved and attempted to drown him. As Shmidt grew up he longed for a master to show him the way to achieve great power. Some years later as the Nazis gained power in Germany, Shmidt had been working as a bellboy in a hotel where the Third Reich dictator, Adolf Hitler, had been staying. Upon seeing each other, the two saw the same hatred and disgust for mankind in each other's eyes. Shmidt saw Hitler as an embodiment of evil and felt that he would be a worthy master for him to learn from. Hitler made Shmidt into his right hand man. Shmidt at first was trained by soldiers up until Hitler gave him a lifelike red skull-like mask and aptly named him Red Skull. Skull quickly began to spread terror before World War 2. During the war and in Europe the Skull took over for many military actions and personally supervised the destruction of villages.
Hugo Weaving will be portraying the Red Skull in the upcoming film and cast perfectly in this role. His voice and screen presence will automatically make the character a formidable foe on screen for the super solider Captain America.
The Avengers Assemble
One of the most intriguing points about this film is that it is the last film before the highly anticipated Avengers film that is releasing next summer. It'll be interesting to see how much they tie this film into the Avengers. There are rumors already that the Cosmic Cube will be in it as the Red Skull is trying to use it receive greater power. The Cosmic Cube is an item that controls matter and energy that answers to the will of the being that uses it. Feeding into further rumors of the Avengers film, the Cube could be used by Thor's step brother Loki to bring the alien race Skrulls to Earth, which would be a more then worthy opponent to bring forth the Avengers.
It has also been reported that Thanos will be the main villain in the summer blockbuster film. Rumors were swirling espescially after seeing his all powerful glove, the Infinity Gauntlet, in Odin's vault during the Thor film. With Loki already being confirmed in The Avengers, it is likely that whatever happened to Loki at the end of Thor had him potentially meeting Thanos. Since Odin has his glove, and Loki will be looking for revenge the two could possibly join up and definitely pose quite the threat worthy of getting multiple superheroes to assemble. The only problem with this, is just how powerful Thanos is. Need an example, look at the picture above. It took all of the Marvel Universe to take down Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet. Granted they can easily just power him down a bit for the sake of the films which is likely seeing how they have a budget to worry about in making these films. Even more likely it seems that for the first Avengers film that Thanos will just be a looming presence as he is the one planning everything. He probably has Loki sent to Earth with the Skrulls while Thanos does some sneaking around and most likely gets the glove. At the end of the movie you could see him putting the glove on. Mind you again this is all speculation as they could just very well keep it grounded on Earth, but with Loki confirmed it seems unlikely.
Amanda Righetti from The Mentalist and Friday the 13th has just been announced to be added to the film as an unspecified role. It is expected that she plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent just like other television star Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother who is playing Nick Fury's right hand woman, Maria Hill. Righetti could be playing Sharon Carter, the niece of Peggy Carter who is in the upcoming Captain America film played by Hayley Atwell. If Righetti isn't playing Carter she could also been taking the role of Carol Danvers, also known as Ms. Marvel to the loyal comic book fans. While it is doubtful that they would add another super powered hero to The Avengers group it could set her up for a film of her own past The Avengers film. That being said she could have a small role as Ms. Marvel where she is the one to find Captain America as it is widely believed that he is frozen in ice and brings him into S.H.I.E.L.D headquarters.
Needless to say, Righetti is joining quite the cast for the upcoming blockbuster film including Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Paul Bettany as Jarvis, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Stellan Skarsgard as Erik Selvig, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Lou Ferrigno as the voice of Hulk, and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson. It'll be interesting to say the least how all this characters will fit in but I also believe that Marvel is going about this project the right way and it'll be quite the film.
Look for the Avengers to assemble in May 2012.