Our buddies over at Comic Book Movie directed our attention to a French blog, where one superhero movie fan breaks down the latest report in French magazine L’Ecran Fantastique regarding plot details of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger.

While the information revealed wasn’t all that revolutionary, it should go without saying that if you want to go into Captain America knowing as little about the movie as possible, you need to avoid reading the article below.

If you’re still with us, then below you’ll find the latest details on the plot of The First Avenger. PLEASE NOTE: The text has been translated from French, and we’ve cleaned up the text to correct the rough and confusing writing that appeared over on Comic Book Movie.

One last time: the following information should be considered  POTENTIAL SPOILERS – PLEASE READ AT YOU OWN RISK.

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Captain America: The First Avenger Plot Details

  • The film is set 95% during the Second World War, but it starts today, with extracting a block of ice containing a mysterious figure, block located in the wreckage of a giant bomber. The film also ends in our time.
  • The Shield: It is manufactured by Howard Stark, and the white parts are vibranium an indestructible alloy created by Stark Industries. In his “discovery” in the present, the shield of Captain America will be alongside the hero in the ice.
  • Red Skull and Cosmic Cube: The Cosmic Cube is hidden in a church in Norway. Red Skull uses a tank to enter. The Cube is used to power a variety of vehicles, including the famous giant bomber, carrying bombs have targeted major U.S. cities and European capitals.
  • Bucky and the Invaders: Bucky Barnes, and soldiers freed from a camp of the HYDRA form a group called the Invaders [But then where are the Howling Commandos? Normally, the Invaders team is composed of superheroes as Namor, the origins Torch, Toro, Union Jack, Spitfire …].
  • An error / a Freudian slip? Stephen Broussard co-producer discusses the meeting of superheroes in 2012 as follows: Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and the Wasp in the Avengers movie. [Until now, the presence of Hank Pym and his wife has always been rejected.]
  • A subject of the movie Iron Man 2 was used in Captain America [???].
  • BONUS: Want to see a picture of a HYDRA solider? Go HERE.

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Anybody who has seen Thor (read our official review HERE), Incredible Hulk or Iron Man 2 knows first-hand just how many plot threads Marvel is subtly (and not so subtly) weaving into each film, in order to build their shared movie universe. Without spoiling anything, Thor contained quite a few winks to other Marvel characters, and The First Avenger looks to continue that trend. Just a few issues raised in plot details above:

  1. We’ve known that First Avenger would start and end with Cap being unfrozen in modern day (see photos of that scene HERE). This connects the film directly to The Avengers, as well as to the director’s cut of The Incredible Hulk, in which a Hulk rampage in the Arctic seemingly loosens the glacier where Cap is frozen. 
  2. The Cosmic Cube, taken in conjunction with the secret ending of Thor strongly hint that prior rumors about The Avengers plot and villains might turn out to be true. The location where the cube is reportedly found is significant, in that Norway = Norse Gods = Asgard and Thor.
  3. The Cube and Asgard will open the door to the Marvel Cosmic Universe, and possibly characters like The Kree, The Skrulls, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Inhumans and (fingers crossed) Thanos.
  4. Vibranium, though described above as an artificial alloy made by Howard Stark, does directly connect to The Black Panther, another character Marvel is developing for film.
  5. As indicated, it’s NOT LIKELY that Ant-Man and Wasp will appear in The Avengers – particularly since Ant-Man is getting is own standalone movie. Why a producer would make that error that is beyond me . (Never a good sign if the guys running the show don’t have full knowledge of what’s going on.) At most, I would expect a Hank/Jan Pym cameo, and that’s it.
  6. The Iron Man 2/First Avenger connection is somewhat of a head-scratcher – though if I had to guess, I would say that it will most likely be Howard Stark’s formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. (an homage to Cap America) and his recruitment of Nick Fury (as told in Iron Man 2).

In the past I have personally been critical about Marvel’s shared movie continuity. That said, I thought Thor did a pretty good job integrating elements of the larger Marvel universe into its story in a cohesive way – mentions of things like gamma research, cosmic “realms” and artifacts of power, Tony Stark’s weaponry, S.H.I.E.L.D., etc. – that made it fun for hardcore fans while not distracting the more casual audience.

Given the period-piece setting of The First Avenger, Joe Johnston’s film will also serve as a prequel of sorts for the Marvel Universe (hence its subtitle). Captain America will have to do a good job of not only telling the story of how Steve Rogers became Cap, but also how that milestone in many ways signified the dawn of the “Age of Marvels,” and set in motion many of the events which will keep us packed in theaters for years to come.

So far, it seems like they’ve found some interesting ways to do just that. Hopefully, the movie as a whole will still be a cohesive and enjoyable experience.

Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theaters on July 22, 2011.

Source: L’Ecran Fantastique via Comic Book Movie