In 1942, Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans (‘Fantastic Four’, ‘The Losers’) is deemed physically unfit to enlist in the U.S. Army and fight the Nazis in World War II. Volunteering instead for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation, he is physically transformed into a super-soldier dubbed Captain America. With sidekick James ‘Bucky’ Barnes played by Sebastian Stan (‘Black Swan’, ‘The Covenant’), he fights the Red Skull played by Hugo Weaving (‘The Matrix’, ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a seemingly magical object known as the Tesseract.
The film includes Tommy Lee Jones (‘Men In Black’, ‘No Country For Old Men’) as Col. Chester Phillips, Stanley Tucci (‘The Road To Perdition’, ‘Robots’) as Abrahan Erskine and Neal McDonough (‘Minority Report’, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’) as Dum Dum Dugan. Directed by Joe Johnston (‘The Wolfman’, ‘Jumanji’), the $140 million budgeted film is set to be released in theaters on July 22, 2011.
‘Captain America’ was created by Joe Simon and Jack ‘The King’ Kirby and was first seen in Captain America Comics #1 in March 1941. It’s nice to finally see Simon and Kirby officially gets some credit for their creations. Too bad it took so long.
The ‘Captain America’ character is set to also appear in other Marvel Universe-related films such as the upcoming ‘Avengers’.