Popspotting #101: “Captain America: The First Avenger” (Aug. 8, 2011)
Having finally shaken the inevitable and late-onset case of the ubiquitous and inevitable “nerd flu” (the trademark illness of Comic-Con), we’re back with another Movie Monday podcast.
Today we tackle “Captain America: The First Avenger,” the origin story of the most unflinchingly patriotic of Marvel superheroes. The film is set in a plausible but still fantastic period in American history, as the “Star-Spangled Man” takes on the most classic of baddies: power-hungry Nazis. The film stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Hayley Atwell.
Grievously omitted from our discussion was the character of Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper, who provided a great and necessary link between the world of “Captain America” and the contemporary Marvel superheroes (and superhero movies). Of course, we’re not well versed in the comic book world, which we amply demonstrate in our review.
So what else did we miss? What did “Captain America” get right, or wrong, in this fifth installment in the Marvel cinematic universe?