Captain America’s First Avenger Story to be Rooted in WWII

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Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley probably won’t be showing up, but that won’t prevent the Captain America movie from sticking to its roots in World War II.

Production Weekly has provided a synopsis for the next logical step in the Marvel film franchise. We’ve already seen a reboot of The Incredible Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. killed it in Iron Man, and now their fellow member of “The Avengers” has a script set in the 1940s. Here’s the quick synopsis for The First Avenger: Captain America:

“Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the “Super-Soldier Serum” and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.”

If the piece, set to hit theaters on May 6, 2011, is set in the World War II era it would definitely kill the rumors of Will Smith playing the Super-Soldier, right? More notable is the fact that Captain America still doesn’t have a director attached to it. Maybe Bryan Singer can take the job and bring Tom Cruise along with him. They both have experience covering the Nazi regime in their new film Valkyrie, although at some point Cruise would have to learn how to carry a German accent. On second thought, let’s try to keep Mr. Scientology as far away from the film as possible.

What do you think of the choice to make Captain America a period piece? Which actor do you think has a little Captain in him?

Adam Sweeney has a background in journalism, having spent 4 years on the Lone Star Lutheran as an Opinions and Arts & Entertainment columnist. He graduated in May 2008 from Texas Lutheran University with a Dramatic Media degree and hopes to become a filmmaker/journalist/radio host/actor extraordinaire. He also writes film and play scripts and figures if Good Luck Chuck can make it to the big screen then why can't he? He can also be read at as a feature writer on all things basketball, and his personal blog covers everything from politics to why Keira Knightley is looking more like Jack Skellington every day. (

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