Captain America: The First Avenger

Empire magazine has given the web a look at their next cover; a bold new image of Chris Evans as Captain America set in front of an American flag.  That’s pretty progressive for a magazine called “Empire”. While it has been reported that the film’s title Captain America: The First Avenger will probably be shortened in many countries to just The First Avenger due to it’s pro-American, rah-rah patriotism, the British seem to have no qualms with the focus of the film. Inside of the magazine, some of the men behind the scenes make comments about the World War II time period in which the film was set. Marvel chief Kevin Feige explained, “Scripts had been developed that took place half in World War II, half in the modern day and none of those scripts were particularly successful because the costume ended up overshadowing the man …” and the film’s director Joe Johnston added, “I’ve always loved Raiders and the tone that it had. It was period but didn’t feel like it was made in the period. It felt like a modern-day film about the period, which is what we’re doing on Captain America.” Johnston has been hit or miss with me as a director, but it seems like they’ve put a lot of thought about what works and what doesn’t into this film; and any time you can compare something to Raiders my ears are definitely going to perk up. I will rate my anticipation for this one as […]

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That Joe Johnston and Marvel are making a completely un-ironic, classic superhero take on Captain America is a thrilling prospect that will hopefully return a little old fashioned comic book style to movie screens that could definitely use them. But even if I’m excited and you’re excited about seeing the film this summer, Joe Johnston seems even more pleased with it. He celebrated the movie in a talk with the LA Times, where he praised the entertainment value of the movie after catching his first viewing of the current cut. What do his statements mean? Absolutely nothing. Still, they’re fun to read:

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Hope springs eternal. As we round the bases of another year, it’s important to let the average and outright crappy slough off and realize that we’re all standing on the precipice of another year of movies. The future stretches out before us full of possibilities. That cheesy trailer you saw last week could end up producing your favorite film of the year. That epic blockbuster you’ve been waiting for could be bigger than you ever imagined. There’s hope for everything, but there’s also expectation, which is why Rob Hunter, Neil Miller and Cole Abaius painstakingly put together our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. It’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to this year, put together when our hope and optimism is at its peak.

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Yesterday, we shared what was essentially a photoshop job disguised as the first look of Chris Evans as Captain America. Today, we continue the picture spree with less-digitally altered images from the set. However, those pictures are both impressive and cheesy. Why? Because the set design is straight out of a techni-color version of The Rocketeer, a great movie in its own right, but it seemed like Captain America was going to follow the same style vein that other Marvel flicks have and gone with realism instead of Looney Tunes. On the other hand, that shot of the triangle shield is as poignant as it is geekily cool.

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It’s difficult to tell that this is a photograph because of the massive photoshop job that’s been done to make it look like a polished pencil sketch you’d buy at the carnival. However, it truly is the first earnest look at Chris Evans in the costume for Captain America, busting out an all-American look of poutiness to the camera. You can see the full image after the jump, although there’s not much more to it (unless you’re a shield enthusiast).

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The classic response to the first look of a costume is to mock and deride it, especially because in the comic book world, costumes show up a lot differently on screen than they do in amateur photographs. We caught a glimpse of a costume test for Chris Evans as Captain America back at Comic-Con, but it was ill-fitting (probably because they weren’t making custom fits for each of the possible actors). Here, we finally get to see him in action – riding a motorcycle that I want to buy immediately, hunting down Nazis, and being chased by what appear to be the black-suited versions of what pulled young James Kirk over in Star Trek.

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Comic-Con 2010

Last weekend was the crucible of Comic-Con, and no fewer than one billion trillion news stories came out of the convention aimed directly at your sensibilities as an audience member. We weren’t the only site on the block that had coverage of course, and hopefully you read more than a few of our peers (because there really are some great sites out there). You were most likely inundated with new information about the movies hitting theaters soon or in the next year. Did any of it change your mind? Was there a movie you were dying to see that you cooled on? Was there a movie that landed on your radar for the first time? Is your confidence renewed in anything?

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Comic-Con 2010

Comic-Con 2010 has come and gone, and it all ended with a big burst of fireworks. It may not have started that way or seen them in the middle, but the finale still captured our attention and had our eyes looking upward. There were huge, big-budget movies there. There were tiny, independent films. There were remakes, surprisingly no Spider-Man reboots, a few comic book properties, and movies there that had no business being there. This isn’t a list of what movies people are looking forward to the most. That buzz goes far beyond Comic-Con. No, friends. This particular list is a catalogue of just how well a few standouts did over the weekend. They either picked up steam or put themselves on the map.

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Marvel came out swinging with a teaser for Captain America: The First Avenger that used black and white footage from World War II floating behind reds, whites and blues. It’s the kind of footage that would trick my father into believing he was getting a brand new WWII special on the history channel, but those color combos of course belonged to a trademarked shield. A black silhouette holding said shield drove the Comic-Con crowd here crazy, and with a quick flash, everyone got to see a brief look at a hardened, dark blue costume that looks strong. According to the filmmakers, it was for the costume test, and when they designed it they were attempting to make it authentically something from the time period that could also work for the character as a superhero. Then, fans at Comic-Con got to see a scene from the film that’s barely in production, and it might silence some doubts by speaking to it in German.

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The release of Iron Man had many effects on fans and the film industry, but one of those effects was the hope that audiences instilled in Marvel as a fresh, young production house. It was taking on its own characters and treating them with respect and reverence. It was placing them in a real world that looked shockingly like our own and made us that a man in a metal suit could fly. The new-for-Comic-Con concept art on display for Thor and Captain America is fantastic. It’s dark, evokes the feel of the World War Z concept art, and feels epic even at its two-dimensional stature. It’s that quality that makes them so frustrating.

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The rumor of the day is that the “Lost” star might be signing on with Marvel. How super do you want him to get?

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Marvel is eying 3D technology for their films. Should they tread in the water everyone else is running for?

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