If you haven’t gone out and picked up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly then you are certainly missing out right now.

Besides offering fans a official first look at Chris Evans as Captain America, the new issue’s featured article explores the production of Captain America: The First Avenger and manages to clear up a few of the lingering questions that have been on fanboys and girls’ minds, ever since the basic premise and story of the film were revealed.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • The First Avenger will take place mostly during WWII.
  • It will be an origin story.
  • The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) will be the villain with Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) as a secondary villain.
  • Cap’s sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and love interest Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) are secondary characters.
  • “The Howling Commandos” will be an international team of soldiers Cap works with.
  • The Red Skull will be using a cosmic cube as part of his nefarious plot.
  • The terrorist organization Hydra will be involved.

All of this early info made The First Avenger sound like it would be a fun action-adventure movie – sort of a James Bond meets Indiana Jones meets Superman mashup. However, those early details  inevitably led to more questions; The First Avenger is titled the way it is in no small part due to its status as the final lead-in to Joss Whedon’s upcoming movie version of The Avengers.

Now, any fan worth their weight in comic books knows the legendary origin story of The Avengers: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and The Wasp form a super team, and are eventually led by Captain America, who they discover frozen in a block of ice out in the Antarctic tundra, decades after he was presumed Killed In Action while heroically sabotaging a deadly Nazi rocket. The natural assumption was that this same story would be kept intact for the Marvel Movie Universe, but would it be a part of The First Avenger or set as the opening chapter of The Avengers?

Well, thanks to EW we now have an official confirmation on where, exactly, The First Avenger starts and ends, along with a few other choice details:

  • The First Avenger will open and close with Cap being frozen in ice; the WWII origin story will fit in between.
  • As rumored, Cap’s classic comic book costume will appear in the movie (wings and all) as part of a humorous scene where Steve Rogers (Evans) is used as a propaganda tool at a USO show.
  • Rogers hates the USO gig and goes to see Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper playing Tony Stark’s dad) to have a more official battlesuit created.
  • The Red Skull will be Hitler’s head of advanced weaponry and will seek a cosmic cube t0 harness its mystical powers for evil. The cube will be known as “The Tesseract.”
  • To help the movie play better across the pond, it MAY simply go by the title of The First Avenger.

UPDATE: Along with these updates, check out this full gallery of images from The First Avenger!

One thing these new details still don’t address is the issue of how the WWII era of Cap’s life will be handled. Marvel comic books have detailed a whole canon of Cap WWII exploits, from serving with The Invaders to the Howling Commandos to years of battling The Red Skull, Baron Zemo (I), Arnim Zola and other Nazi villains. With Chris Evans signed for six Marvel films (a Cap trilogy presumably being part of the six) there is plenty of opportunity to tell more than one “Cap in WWII” story on film.

However, we already know from early set photos that “VE Day” (a.k.a. the allied victory day that officially ended the war) is featured in The First Avenger – so is the origin story the only chapter of WWII Cap we’re going to get? Or does this film just cover how Cap became a super soldier and then a hero, referring to the rest of his WWII adventures only as a montage or an aside?

Guess we’ll find out the answer to that question (and more) when Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters on July 22, 2011.

Source: EW

Image Gallery Source: Paramount