Captain America: The First Avenger

July 22nd 2011
  • Action/Adventure,
  • PG-13,
  • 124 min,
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Toby Jones, Richard Armitage, Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper, Sebastian Stan, Natalie Dormer, Neal McDonough, JJ Feild, Anatole Taubman, Kenneth Choi, Christian Black, Sarah Linda, Duncan JC Mais, Kevin Millington, Patrick Monckeberg, Palle Nodeland, Eric Edelstein, Martin Sherman, Marek Oravec, Chris Jorie, Michael Brandon, Jeremy Clark, Nick Hendrix, Jan Pohl, Arne Starr, Christopher Whitlow
  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Producer: Kevin Feige
  • Co Producers: Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard
  • Associate Producer: Richard Whelan
  • Executive Producers: Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Nigel Gostelow, Joe Johnston, Stan Lee, David Maisel
  • Art Direction: Chris Lowe
  • Castings: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller, Priscilla John
  • Costume Designs: Jeffrey Kurland, Anna B. Sheppard
  • D.O.P.: Shelly Johnson
  • Editors: Robert Dalvam, Jeffrey Ford
  • Makeup: Lisa Westcott
  • Music: Alan Menken
  • Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
  • Set Decoration: John Bush


Based on the Marvel Comics character from World War II. A brave, yet mild-mannered young soldier named Steve Rogers, volunteers to undergo a series of experiments for a US army Super Soldier program.

The military succeeds in transforming him into a human weapon, but quickly decide that their Super Soldier is far too expensive a creation to risk in combat. So, they decide to put him to use as an army celebrity and parade him across Europe to boost morale by performing in USO shows for American troops. He is even given a costume that bear the colors of Old Glory for the stage. Then, when a Nazi plot reveals itself Rogers must rise up and and become the First Avenger, in order to save his country.

Steve Rogers becomes Captain America and he earns his way into the hearts and souls of every American, bringing hope and justice to a war-weary nation. Later, during a mission to Germany to stop his archenemy - The Red Skull, from launching rockets at the allies, Captain America sacrifices himself and winds up frozen in ice for almost six decades! Revived, Steve Rogers now must join forces with new heroes and become an Avenger of the modern age.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Caerwent, Wales; Fife, Scotland; Manchester, UK; Surrey, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action
  • Production Budget: $140 million
  • Production Companies: Marvel Enterprises, Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios
  • Production Schedule: 28 June 2010 - September 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "2011 is shaping up to be the Summer of untested superheroes with three of the most challenging top-level comic properties that remain unadapted getting their first real chance on the big screen (the low-budget 1990 'Captain' film notwithstanding). While "Green Lantern" is essentially unknown, and most are unaware that "Thor" exists outside of Norse mythology, "Captain America" at least has some name recognition as comic book hero outside of geekdom. Yet part of that recognition is due to the character being seen as such an anachronism these days, a symbol of a time back in the mid-20th century when naive jingoistic patriotism wasn't just respected but idealised.

Cut to today however, a character like Steve Rogers is tremendously difficult to adapt. Keeping the tone as is, the film will likely do well in the States but would be laughed out of theatres throughout the rest of the world. Tone it down, global audiences would still have some problems, while right-wing pundits in the U.S. would be screaming that "Captain America" is now anti-America and we might unfortunately have to witness Glenn Beck slip on a blue spandex bodysuit in protest. Another possibility is to strip it down so completely as to be unrecognisable from the original, though we already saw that with the excrement that was "G.I. Joe".

To be fair Marvel actually came up with a decent solution for this by setting the story during the Second World War. With a tone akin to "Raiders of the Lost Ark", namely the search for an artifact with the Nazis as the antagonists, there's an old fashioned adventure feel here where things are more clear cut and the flag waving doesn't come with so much baggage. The first clip screened at Comic Con gave us a decidedly unimpressive costume test shot for the Captain, but also showed an engaging tomb-set scene with a pre-transformed Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) doing his best evil Nazi routine.

The casting of Chris Evans isn't a perfect fit. A strong young actor with good comedic timing who was the best thing about the odious "Fantastic Four" films, Evans certainly buffed up for the role with astonishing looking muscles in early photos from the set. Yet I don't really see him as the character, and neither does a lot of fans judging from the online feedback. It's not as obvious a miscasting as Ryan Reynolds (an actor who is PERFECT for The Flash but seems awkward as Green Lantern), but Evans will have to deliver something special if he wants to own the character.

The supporting cast is absolutely stellar, from household names like Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, to truly brilliant character actors like Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones. There's also handsome leading men like Richard Armitage, Dominic Cooper and the fascinating Sebastian Stan alongside gorgeous and promising actresses Hayley Atwell and Natalie Dormer.

Behind the camera is more of a question. The scribes involved penned the strong teleplay for HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers", but their only other feature credits so far have been the three decidedly lacking "Chronicles of Narnia" adaptations. Filmmaker Joe Johnston is a solid director who can do enjoyable big budget studio features (ala "Jurassic Park III," "The Rocketeer," "Hidalgo"), but he's also someone who sticks to a very straight forward and safe style which means we probably won't see anything beyond a competently directed blockbuster here.

The other worry is the 'Avengers' effect. The forced tie-ins to the upcoming Marvel team-up film were a big factor in "Iron Man 2" being such a disappointment. Here the enjoyment of a period-specific self contained adventure film could be disrupted by the blunt insertions of Marvel Universe elements that don't fit - a point driven home in the Comic Con clip where a glowing blue cube from Thor's realm feels decidedly out of place with the rest of the scene. Of course that was rough footage shot only a day or two beforehand, in the final film the effect may not be so bad. In some ways this is more of a gamble than any of the other superhero films of the Summer, lets see if it comes up a winner."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 21 July 2011: Malaysia
  • 22 July 2011: Italy, Poland
  • 28 July 2011: Argentina, Australia, Netherlands, Singapore, Thailand
  • 29 July 2011: Armenia, Brazil, Colombia, Estonia, India, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Paraguay, Taiwan, UK
  • 4 August 2011: Hong Kong, Hungary, Portugal
  • 5 August 2011: Spain
  • 12 August 2011: Norway, Sweden
  • 17 August 2011: Belgium, France
  • 18 August 2011: Germany
  • 19 August 2011: Finland
  • 1 September 2011: Greece
  • 2 September 2011: Turkey
  • 15 October 2011: Japan