New ‘Captain America’ Featurettes: Retelling The First Avenger’s Story

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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Whereas Marel’s Thor movie was designed to have more mainstream appeal – and X-Men: First Class offered its own unique take on the X-Men mythology – the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger aims to be the Marvel movie of 2011 that remains most loyal to its comic book source material.

In the latest Captain America featurettes, the technical crew members that worked behind-the-scenes on the film discuss just that – specifically, how the movie was designed to recreate Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s original 1941 comic book work in cinematic form, as accurately as possible.

Cap’s outfit certainly reflects that intention, seeing how it lacks the streamlined structure of the costumes worn by contemporary costumed heroes like, say, Spider-Man or even Batman. As the new incarnation of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) puts it in these new clips, that was very much the intention.

Oscar-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar-nominated costume designer Anna B. Sheppard (Inglourious Basterds), and Oscar-nominated set decorator John Bush (The English Patient) were all brought onboard to realize the 1940s setting of director Joe Johnston’s Captain America movie in an authentic style – one that would also mesh well with the fantastical elements of the First Avenger’s origin story (HYDRA, Red Skull, etc.). Judging by the footage shown so far, their efforts seemed to have by and large paid off.

For more from those people, check out the new Captain America featurettes (via EpixHD) below:

Besides the excellent production values, Captain America looks to also feature some great live-action incarnations of characters like Steve Rogers, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), and the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). The supporting cast isn’t lacking either, with actors like Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, and Richard Armitage tackling a variety of either heroic or villainous parts in the film.

On the directing side of things: Johnston has proven himself capable of delivering imperfect-but-fun period action-adventures before, in the forms of The Rocketeer, Hidalgo, and even his Wolfman remake. While he’s yet to deliver a movie that most people regard as flat-out great, Captain America could conceivably be the film that bucks that trend.

As it stands, though, there seems to be two potential issues that could possibly hinder Captain America‘s performance at the box office:

  1. After Thor, X-Men: First Class, and Green Lantern, have most moviegoers gotten their fill of superhero flicks?
  2. While Cap fans will certainly appreciate the filmmakers’ attempt to remain loyal to the comic book source material, will the movie struggle to appeal to those outside the fanboy/girl demographic?

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If Captain America is an exciting old-fashioned adventure as it promises to be, neither one of those aforementioned potential issues may matter. Plus, Cap is one of the more readily-recognized superheroes around (even outside the U.S.), so non-comic book readers who passed on watching Marvel films about Asgardian warriors or super-powered mutants might be more inclined to check out Cap’s movie.

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

Source: EpixHD

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  1. It’s my hope that this film out-performs the expected “superhero film intake” dollars of IM/IM2/Thor. I do feel like a lot of people are burned out on superhero films, but maybe this one can break free of that with its Indiana Jones tone that people enjoy.

    Personally I can’t wait for this movie, and I’ll be taking my nephews and dad.

  2. I am really looking forward to this film.

  3. i think this movie, while it may have to deal with ‘burnt out’ comic film drawing power, will get a huge boost in box office from hardcore patriotic americans. people of a military background, ex soldiers, general ww2 buffs and very gung ho patriotic individuals in general should flock to this film in droves. im really looking forward to it myself, it looks as if its going to be one hell of a ride.

  4. Love the new kickass poster.

  5. Looks awesome! The art department alone is getting me excited about all this!

  6. I don’t think this movie will be hurt by all of the other comic movies this year. Most non fan boys that see these movies are paying for the action and that is what they see on trailers and previews, the action. Some know it’s a comic based movie and some do not. I agree most people know about Cap where they don’t know about characters like Thor or Green Lantern and this should also help the ticket sales. I just hope the sales are high enough to generate future installments of Cap and The Avengers.

    • It probably will generate enough sales, but for me THOR was the one that had to do well (which it did) to make The Avengers work and that’s only because it deals with Gods and other worlds, which is something the Avengers are going to have to deal with.

  7. i think (like the other 3) it will make less than expected. But will still be a good solid film.

    Congrats to Marvel for a Hat Trick Summer

  8. I’m glad to see some positive comments about this film. I for one, can’t wait to go see it.

    I must admit (and it pains me to say this) that I kind of agree that there were too many superhero films this year, but I know that Cap will change that general opinion. I truly believe that this movie will be THE blockbuster of the summer. It will definitely be the most surprising.

    • Too many cbm’s this year? Well 2012 has Avengers, TDK, Spiderman, and possibly Wolverine.

      • Oh yeah, plus “Man of Steel” and Sony’s “Ghostrider 2″. There will be even more cbms’ next year. Soooooo….

        • Yeah, but personally I have no interest in watching Man Of Steel or Ghost Rider 2 so, those don’t really apply to me.

          Look, I’m a “fanboy”… I love superhero/comic book movies. But I am starting to get the idea that the general public isn’t in the mood for any more cape movies this year.

          I do think (as I’ve stated above) that Cap will change the whole appeal to cape movies. It is my opinion that Cap will be the best cape movie in a long time (for the fanboys and the general public).

          Also, next year’s cape movies (IMO) will be of a much higher standard (Avengers and TDKR)… so I think 2012′s slate of cape movies will be received differently from these that have been released (so far) this year.

          Bottom line:
          I SAY keep the comic book movies coming!
          My non-nerdy FRIENDS SAY: Ahh man! Another one?

          • @The Avenger, I agree. As long as they’re good, keep em coming. As far as my interests; I’m curious to see how MOS comes out but I doubt that Snyder will deliver the right tone on it. They should have chosen Spieldberg for MOS and Snyder should have been chosen for Wonder Woman (with a “300″-esque tone). I’m not interested in any Fox’s Marvel stuff or Sony’s. I’ll be there to watch Marvel Studios stuff and TDKR. As far as the general public, the problem is that one bad apple could spoil the whole bunch quickly with CBM’s THAT is the problem.

            • Completely agree, although… I am interested in seeing The Amazing Spider Man (since I, personally, didn’t enjoy the first trilogy that much.)

  9. Does anyone know where I can find a wallpaper of that picture at the bottom of the article?

  10. I hope and think this could be Marvel’s best film since Iron Man. I just hope Marvel doesn’t get too caught up in making sure everyone gets their screen time and cameo stuff and make sure they are bringing a film that can stand on its on and has depth, and enriched story that fanboys and every else can enjoy. Iron Man and *I hope* Cap hit this mark.

    Iron Man 2, Hulk were so so in my opinion. Thor is still on the fence for me because they HAD to rush so much of developing the characters and really didn’t get the feel for them like I wanted. If Loki is indeed the bad guy for the Avengers…I don’t really see him as a villain that is evil to the core, because the way he was presented in Thor, he wasn’t. He was just jealous or misguided I suppose.

    • I completely, 100% agree with you on all accounts.

    • @Tiso, agreed but Loki is on a slippery slope of evil. His simple fun mischieviousness willl have turned to evil anyway. He is a FROST GIANT and they are inherently MALEVOLANT by nature. Eventually Loki would have began to fall into that catagory. The reasons for him being angry at Odin were somewhat justified but he had no reason to hate on Thor at all, especially after all that they had been through together. Loki would have eventually became evil or malevolent regardless, he is just slowly embracing is nature. BUT being raised in Asgard and by Odin has established (some) good and noblility in Loki.

      • If Loki was to have ruled Asgard, he woul have set out a quest to conquer and rule the Nine Realms.