Last week we got our first full length trailer for Captain America The First Avenger. So far I am not impressed. It is starting to look like your standard WWII action film. With Steve Rogers joining the “Super Solider” program, it is reminding me of that old Mel Gibson movie “Forever Young” with a lot more action, I don’t know why, it just does.
And the trailer doesn’t show off the suit! We have seen countless photographs of Captain America in the suit, but rarely any real action shots except for the odd millisecond frame of him throwing his iconic shield and a slow-mo grand entrance with guns blazing, bringing me to another point. Captain America with a gun? Now I am not a comic expert by far, just a big fan, but in every comic or animated movie like “Ultimate Avengers”, I never saw a gun, just wild acrobatics and crazy shield throwing. Then, in comic lore, he falls into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, frozen in suspended animation, only to be revived in the twenty-first century by the American military. Not a gun in hand anywhere. We get some Nazis and a glimpse of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull, but no real pointers as to what the plot will actually be. Will it all take place in the war? I hope not, I hope they at least end it with ten minutes or so in modern times retrieving him from the ice and reviving him. Introduce him to the world again.
Now the costume; This is what director Joe Johnston had to say way back when.
“In the first USO sequences, the frustrated patriot will be wearing a version that is closer to the classic Jack Kirby-designed costume, but then later as the super-soldier hits the war zone he will be wearing a sturdier, more muted version that he makes himself that is more like battle togs. The stripes across his mid-section, for instance, will be straps, not colored fabric.
“He realizes the value of the uniform symbols but he modifies his suit and adds some armor, it will be closer to the Cpa costume in some of the comics in more recent years . . . this approach, it’s the only way we could justify ever seeing him on a screen in tights, with the funny boots and everything. The government essentially puts him up there as a living comic-book character and he rips it off and then reclaims some of its imagery after he recognizes the value of it. We think it’s the best way to keep the costume and explain it at the same time.”- Joe Johnston
I also heard that in the last parts of the film, he is more in the classic costume. It makes sense since they have to modernize him a bit for the upcoming “Avengers” movie. You can’t have Captain America running around in WWII army gear along side of flashy Tony Stark’s Iron Man!
Now here is the first official trailer for “Captain America The First Avenger”