It took 70 years and four tries, but Captain America finally made it to the big screen. So, did the good captain deliver? I thought so. Potential spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.
|Agent Peggy Carter escorts Pvt. Steve Rogers to his future.|
|The Red Skull.|
Captain America: The First Avenger shows the transformation of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a kid from Brooklyn, from a 98 pound weakling into America's ultimate super-soldier. The process is developed by Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) under the supervision of General Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) and Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Steve was meant to be the first of a line dedicated to combating Hydra, Hitler's science research division, led by the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) -- the first recipient of Erskine's formula. However, Erskine is killed leaving Steve the only one of his kind: Captain America.
Evans proved to have deserved the role and the three attempts the producers made to convince him to take it. He delivered a well-ranged performance and managed to nail the little comedic moments peppered throughout the script. Weaving proved a true threat as the Red Skull, and the make-up department did spectacular work on his "skinless" face. Jones redeems himself for his last comic-based outing as Two-Face in Batman Forever with an excellent performance as the hard-as-nails commanding officer, while Atwell was able to achieve the strong independence the producers went for with her character.
|The original shield.|
|Cap suit version 2.0.|
|The Howling Commandos.|
|SHIELD Agent Caulson holds an incomplete replica of the shield in Iron Man 2.|
|Cap buried in the ice in The Incredible Hulk.|