Captain America Trailer to Premiere during Super Bowl

Feb 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Art and Entertainment

The trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger will premiere during this year’s Super Bowl Sunday, and was heralded Friday by the release of the first official movie poster.

Captain America is a superhero character published by Marvel Comics, owned by Disney. In the original storyline, published in March 1941, Captain America is a civilian named Steve Rogers who is physically unfit to go into military service, and volunteers instead to test a supersoldier serum. The serum transforms him into a physical specimen representing the peak of human athletic performance. He then receives hand-to-hand combat training, a bulletproof shield, and a flag-themed uniform, to become Captain America, America’s foremost soldier in the battle against Hitler.

Captain America comics sold well during World War II, but dwindled in popularity after the war. A brief attempt to revive the character for Korean War failed.

Then in the 1960s, after Marvel had introduced the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, the Captain was revived successfully as a member of the Avengers. The Avengers is a superhero team that includes the Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor, all recent subjects of movie adaptations. The new movie is intended to pave the way for the release of an Avengers movie in 2012.

Captain America was first adapted to the big screen as a serial movie by Republic Pictures in 1944. A CBS TV movie adaptation in 1979 and a low-budget big screen adaptation in 1990 failed to achieve commercial success. Several cartoon adaptations have also been made since the 1960s.

The new adaptation, scheduled for release in July 2011, is being directed by Joe Johnston, an Oscar-winning former effects artist who worked on such films as the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, and Jurassic Park III.

The screenplay is written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who recently worked together on the Narnia films; and Joss Whedon, whose credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and several comic books, such as Marvel’s X-Men.

Captain America stars Chris Evans, who previously played the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four. Captain America’s Nazi nemesis the Red Skull is played by Hugo Weaving, best known as Agent Smith from the Matrix series and Elrond from The Lord of the Rings. Sebastian Stan of Gossip Girl plays Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes. Tommy Lee Jones also appears in the cast, and Robert Downey, Jr. is expected to make a cameo in his role as Iron Man.

Iron Man and Captain America will both appear in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers movie, along with Thor. A trailer for the Thor movie, to be released in May 2011 a few months ahead of Captain America, will also appear during the Super Bowl.

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