Captain America: The First Avenger is a movie that’s overlooked when it comes to great Marvel movies. It’s set in the ’40s, and has an old-fashioned style. It’s also character-driven, spending time on Steve Rogers before he underwent the experiment that turned him into a super-soldier. Perhaps the old-fashioned style and slow pace, especially compared to the wham-bam fights of later Marvel movies, makes people think it’s not worth watching. They’re very wrong.
Captain America: The First Avenger tells the tale of the little guy from Brooklyn who wanted to serve his country. His bravery and good heart made him the perfect “specimen” for an army experiment. The experiment worked, making Rogers bigger, stronger and faster than a regular man. After a tour as a performing monkey, he finally ends up in Europe, defending his country and saving the lives of dozens of men, who were held captive by the Red Skull.
One of the reasons Marvel movies are so successful is that they cast the perfect actors for their roles.
Chris Evans couldn’t be any more like Captain America, in looks or his acting. Hayley Atwell, as Agent Peggy Carter, is a real find. She has just the right balance of femininity, toughness, British manners and American gumption.
Although the other Marvel movies that were released before Captain America: The First Avenger made more of a splash, this is the movie that — in their timeline — sets everything in motion. It’s the first movie that features an Infinity Stone. Plus, Bucky Barnes, one of the most pivotal characters in Marvel lore, is introduced.
This quiet Captain America origin story only took in $176 million. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
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