Captain America: The First Avenger Prepares To Storm Theaters July 22nd

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by Rock ‘n Roll Ghost

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger opening Friday, July 22nd from Paramount Pictures/Marvel Enertainmen

 

Chris Evans stars as the title character of Joe Johnston's Captain America: The First Avenger out July 22nd from Paramount Pictures / Marvel Entertainment

Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans as the titular character and directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer) will finally hit theaters this Friday, July 22nd.  From Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment, Captain America is the fourth superhero film of the summer and is poised to be the biggest at the box office by far.

The glut of superhero stories this summer has had little affect on their box office performance it would seem.  Thor made over $444 million and X-Men: First Class took in $344 million respectively worldwide.  Well, there is the underwhelming Green Lantern, I guess, which took in $145 million worldwide (but was strangely the most enjoyable of those three – shocking for so many reasons).  But Captain America seems like it’s a lock for the biggest and best film to feature a superhero in it this year.

Evans, who went from playing Captain America in this film straight into playing him again in The Avengers with director Joss Whedon and co-stars Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. (and many more), seemed an unlikely match for the ultra-heroic Steve Rogers at first.  But from the clips that are out there it would appear he’s got the chops to not only pull it off, but surpass hopes.

Through some great CGI trickery, Evans, as Rogers, appears as a 90 pound weakling in the film’s beginning, wanting desperately to join the military during the start of World War II.  Through a scientific transformation by Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Rogers becomes a super soldier, with the strength and agility to match his inherent heroism.

Hugo Weaving stars as Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger, out July 22nd from Paramount Pictures / Marvel Entertainment

Trained by Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) to lead the fight against Hydra (which is led by Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull), Rogers transforms into Captain America, in stature, outfit and shield (see clip below on Rogers choosing his beloved shield).

The below clip is the one that’s sold me on the film’s potential greatness.  See Captain America take on Hydra‘s enforcers with the nimble dexterity that is inherent in the old comic books.  It’s really quite marvelous to see how well executed this sequence is.  It’s got the right element of fantasy and reality,  putting Rogers in a very dangerous spot, but still giving off this sense of wonder of his abilities.

It would seem as if director Johnston is channeling the same energy and sense of wonder he displayed on his underrated The Rocketeer from 20 years ago.  There’s something strangely stirring about the iconic red,white & blue colors and stars & stripes that Captain America sports, despite what is most likely the least patriotic time in our nation’s history.  Perhaps it’s the fantasy of a time when believing in our country (and more specifically our government) was more innocent and possible.  Times have changed so dramatically since the period that Captain America: The First Avenger takes place in.  Maybe Steve Rogers‘ purity of heart and belief in freedom is just the sort of rah-rah spirit that we as Americans need right now?

Official Captain America: The First Avenger Website

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