Marvel comics may be relatively new when it comes to making films, but newcomer or not, this movie company has been dominating people’s wallets and theatres box office sales ever since Iron Man smashed its way onto the screen. Since then, audiences have been sucked into the Marvel universe, intensely anticipating the arrival of The Avengers film to come, and we come one step closer to that film with the last Avenger to be added to the roster, Captain America: The First Avenger (ironic isn’t it?) Set back your clocks to 1942 as we jump to World War 2. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) has the heart and soul of a true patriot, but the body and strength of a sickly 80-year-old woman. His dreams of joining the armed forces come true when Dr. Erksine (Stanley Tucci), enlists him in a secret program to create the world’s first super solider and believes he has what it takes to become the ultimate American hero: Captain America.
Rogers comes at the perfect time as the US comes under attack from HYDRA, the Nazi’s science division, lead by Hitler’s personal ambitious mad scientist, Johann Schmidt, better known as the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Now Captain America, his sidekick Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and the US forces must storm Hydra’s HQ in order to stop the Red Skull and win the war. You’re probably asking yourself what really makes this movie different from any other super hero movie, outside of it being set in a period piece. The answer? Nothing, that’s because the time setting of this movie IS the movie, it is what makes this movie more than your average superhero popcorn flick, and what really makes this film standout amongst other hero based flicks; and in more ways than one. Director Joe Johnston is no newbie when it comes to period films. He’s directed films like The Rocketeer and October Sky in the past. However many fans feared he would slap together another poorly received, fan crushing film adaptation of this acclaimed hero, after people felt he dropped the ball big time with his remake of The Wolfman (even though I’m one of the few people who actually liked that movie…yeah you read right!)