Captain America: The First Avenger is less than a week from release and a bootleg of the after-credits scene has already leaked onto the internet. Clearly, people are getting antsy to watch this thing.

Thankfully, some fans might not have to wait so long for the real deal, because Captain America will be screening early at San Diego Comic-Con in just three days.

Check out the press release below:

Before it opens anywhere else in the world, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will open first in Comic-Con. Convention goers in San Diego will be the first audience to see one of the summer’s hottest super heroes beginning at noon PST on Thursday, July 21st, 1-day ahead of its US opening. The movie will play exclusively at the UA Horton Plaza with Captain America-themed festivities happening throughout the day. To help kick-off the day, Paramount and Marvel will host an exclusive free fan screening at 10 A.M. with the movie’s star Chris Evans on-hand to introduce the screening.

In addition to being among the first to see the movie, all CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER ticketholders will receive RealD® 3D Collector’s Custom red, white and blue Captain America: The First Avenger glasses and a limited edition poster designed exclusively for the fans.  A grand prize package of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER merchandise and other Marvel items will be given away to a select audience member at each screening. USO-costumed women will be standing at the American Flag Pole in the Horton Plaza passing out free tickets every hour beginning at 11:00 A.M. to the first 10 people who come dressed as Captain America.

Show times for Captain America: The First AvengeR are 12:00 P.M., 12:45 P.M., 2:45 P.M., 3:30 P.M., 5:30 P.M., 6:15 P.M., 8:15 P.M., 9:00 P.M., 11:00 P.M. and 11:45 P.M. Tickets for Thursday’s shows are available for purchase at

Will you be attending Comic-Con 2011? And, if so, will you be attending one of the many Captain America screenings, or will that take too much time away from the precious panels?

Everything we’ve seen so far of the star-spangled Avenger’s solo film – trailers, pictures, interviews, and so on – has made us more and more confident in its quality. The action, the actors, and the look of the film (from the cinematography to the costume design to the makeup) all point to a potentially excellent experience in the way of World War II-themed superhero antics.

John Romita Jr.’s take on Captain America: The First Avenger

Then again, if there are less-than-excellent portions of this film in existence, it’s probably unlikely that Marvel and Paramount are going to go plastering it all over the Internet (and/or television). So we’ll just have to wait until Friday – or, for some fortunate Comic-Con attendees, Thursday – to know for sure.

One wonders how the fourth superhero film of the summer will fare financially against the last, best, and most successful (in all likelihood) Harry Potter film, which will only be in its second week of release. Is it possible that a week-old Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 could overtake Captain America: The First Avenger­‘s box office debut? The stakes are high on this one, folks.

As for us: we may just have our own super-powered (at blogging) operatives inside the Comic-Con screenings, so look for our official Captain America: The First Avenger review sometime next week. For that, and more great coverage of ‘Con 2011, bookmark our Comic-Con 2011 Coverage Page.

Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters July 22nd, 2011.

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