We went this afternoon to see Captain America: The First Avenger, which I mentioned earlier this month that I was anxious to see. Cap did not disappoint me, which is the way it should be. Captain America should never disappoint you! I was pleasantly surprised that Chris Evans brought a little bit of depth to the character, and I really enjoyed Stanley Tucci’s time on screen. Hugo Weaving made for a great Red Skull, too bad we won’t be seeing more of him. I also appreciated bringing The Howling Commandos into the story — any excuse to get Dum-Dum Dugan on screen is worth it. I even caught myself singing “The Star-Spangled Man With A Plan” as we were walking through the parking lot afterwards.
The gripe is, as always, that the 3-D experience wasn’t worth the extra money. It never is, especially with non-animated film. There was one action sequence where Cap throws his shield, and the ricochet comes right at the audience; I’ll admit that I flinched at that moment, it was so fast.
Since it’s a Marvel movie, you have to stay through the end of the credits. Afterwards, you’ll wish it was already May 2012.
Happy Independence Day, America! Or happy 4th of July. Either way. We have the freedom to call it either one.
I got my fireworks fix on Saturday at the Red Sox-Astros game, but I still have plans to grill some burgers and eat corn and watermelon. But more importantly, today, we’re just a couple of weeks away from the release of the new Captain America movie!
One of my favorite comic books from back in the day was Captain America. Captain America was sheer awesomeness. Who else was awesome enough to lead Earth’s mightiest heroes, when Norse gods and billionaire inventors wearing jet-propelled armor were around? The guy had a shield that could stand up to the Hulk, and he was even worthy to lift Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor!
What really grabbed me first about Captain America was when I was reading one of the old Official Marvel Index to the Avengers, seeing the cover of Avengers #4 from 1964, and then seeing the same scene on the cover of Captain America #337 soon afterwards. I guess this was in 1988, based on the publish date of the issue, making me an impressionable 12 years old. This was during Mark Gruenwald’s epic run, and I got hooked on so many things in that one issue — the storyline of Cap’s friends trying to get him back into costume, the snake-inspired villains that would go on to be part of the Serpent Society, that awesome cover art, and especially the black costume. Man, did I ever love that black Captain costume…
So, here on the Fourth of July, 2011, I give you some of the most patriotic covers of Captain America books out there, from the 2002 relaunch, all by John Cassaday.