Less than one month remains until audiences get a look at the third Marvel franchise film this summer. Both Thor and X-Men: First Class were hits with critics and commercial successes at the box-office. Will Captain America: The First Avenger have the same success? How well director Joe Johnston utilizes the The WWII-era setting is still a question mark for some fans – especially since Captain America, more than any other Avengers tie-in so far, will serve as the foundation for many of the events in the upcoming superhero mash-up.

Today, we’re getting a brief glimpse at how the Captain America: The First Avenger WWII story is tied to The Avengers – in the form of a new TV trailer.

Johnson recently discussed the difficulty of translating WWII era characters and action to the big screen for modern audiences – as well as asserted his stance on the shared Avengers continuity:

“There are threads that run through all the films in the Marvel universe. I had more flexibility because Captain America takes place in a different period. There are references to other films that the fans will spot but they won’t bump for someone unfamiliar with the Marvel universe. Basically I think all the films have to stand on their own merit.”

One such thread is teased in the latest Captain America: The First Avenger TV Trailer – i.e. how the famous WWII warrior arrives in the same time period as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and other modern superheroes:

Fans who have been following the production know that the film is excepted to be book-ended with modern scenes – so, while the trailer isn’t exactly spoiling anything we didn’t know, it’s a cool look at how the WWII era tech in Captain America has been reduced to a frosty tomb.

Coupled with their attempted excavation of Mjolnir in Thor, S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to have been keeping busy searching the globe, and subsequently digging in dirt and chopping at ice, to uncover all the superhero help they can get. The trailer doesn’t directly showcase Steve Rogers emerging from the ice but it does help connect the dots and give fans an idea of how the two stories are connected – as well as reveals how Captain America: The First Avenger likely begins. Aside from the icy container, the trailer mostly showcases footage already featured in Captain America trailer 2.

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Captain America hits theaters July 22nd, 2011. The Avengers is currently filming and hits theaters May 4th, 2012.

Source: Marvel Studios