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The Return of Captain America...

Captain America #600 cover by Steve Epting [click to enlarge]

Is that news just the return of Steve Rogers? I expect it's more than that. Perhaps some major casting announcements for the film?.. Which brings me to the real point of this article.

The Captain America origin film is set to debut along with Thor in the summer of 2011. They debut approximately two months apart with Thor kicking off the summer in early May and Cap opening up in late July.

If they want to make that opening (please don’t let this be delayed!), they’ll need to start shooting not long after Thor which begins principal photography in January. This means that they’ll need to start making some casting decisions sooner rather than later. Thor has been at the forefront of the news from Marvel Studios recently, overshadowing the production updates of Iron Man 2 with its recent onslaught of casting announcements.

So far, we’ve seen Chris Hemsworth join the cast as The Mighty Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. In addition to that, we’ve heard rumors that Brian Blessed may be up for the role of Odin and Natalie Portman as on of the lead female characters.

When should we expect to hear something on who’s playing Steve Rogers and the other characters in the WWII-based movie? Well, this major event in the Marvel comics coming up specifically relating to Captain America is the obvious choice and it makes perfect sense with the timing of the issue releases, with Independence day in the U.S. and shortly after the major announcements were made for Thor.

We’ve heard very little about this project so I wouldn’t be surprised to hear something major revolving around the Captain America film either this week, in the first week of July (when Reborn #1 hits shelves) or at the very latest, at San Diego Comic Con next month, exactly two years prior to the scheduled release of the film. Marvel will no doubt have a massive presence at SDCC and they’ll use it to hype all of their upcoming films, starting with Iron Man 2 which we know will be talked about at a panel with director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey Jr.

In related news, Marvel's  president of production, Kevin Feige, basically confirmed that Bucky Barnes will be featured in the Captain America movie, which is planned to be set entirely (or mostly) in WWII. With Marvel hopeful to increase the production of their films to four per year in the not too distant future, could Bucky get a spinoff film?

If you're following the comics or at least are interested, here's the Marvel trailer for Captain America: Reborn:

What do you think about all of this and who would you like to see cast into the film?

And don't forget to check out Marvel's new movie logos for the four upcoming films!

The First Avenger: Captain America is directed by Joe Johnston and will hit theaters July 22, 2011.

Sources: Bleeding Cool, First Showing

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