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The growing anticipation and excitement surrounding Captain America: The First Avenger and its eagerly anticipated trailer was fueled last week with the release of the first official photo of Chris Evans in full Captain America gear. While quite a bit different in look than the World War II Cap costume of the comics, the live-action take his 1940s era uniform contains plenty of detail and period-accurate elements that fans could get behind.

Because of that photo of Joe Johnston’s take on the star-spangled Avenger, many Marvel fans are starting to lean back on the side of Steve Rogers instead of fellow Avenger Thor. Now all we need is to see Chris Evans in action as Captain America and that’s just what we have for you.

The latest official photo release, courtesy of Paramount Pictures and the LA Times, of Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The First Avenger shows Evans in full gear running along a catwalk, possibly inside an enemy (Hydra?) base, undoubtedly causing havoc. He’s not carrying his signature shield, but the angle of this particular image offers a better look at the amount of leather used:

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I don’t know if it’s the quality of the still, the background or how Evans’ gloved hand looks compared to the railing, but this image appears as if it’s blue-screened and photoshopped. In fact, it almost looks like an artist’s rendering rather than a live-action still.

That being said, you can’t judge superhero costumes or action sequences by stills – it never does it justice. Evans’ costume is incredible and I want it for Halloween. Let’s hope the next released image shows our hero in actual combat.

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Directed by Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans stars alongside Neal McDonough’s Dum Dum Dugan, Tommy Lee JonesHugo Weaving as the Red Skull, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes.

Captain America hits theaters July 22, 2011 and The Avengers is scheduled to debut May 4, 2012.

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Source: LA Times