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The Living Legend of World War 2!
Don’t miss Super Bowl XLV this Sunday on the Fox Network! It has been announced the official movie trailers for both movies featuring Thor and Captain America will be aired during this weekend’s Super Bowl. Of course the match up of The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers might be worth watching too.
We have some new photos and info for the Captain America movie! More and more is coming out about the new movie which is officially titled: Captain America: The First Avenger. The title itself is revealing to sharp eyed Marvel Comics fans! As we understand it, this is to be the first of 3 movies which lead to the climatic introduction of the Avengers movie.
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine there’s a lot of new images from the movie. Check out the cover here on your right. Photos in the magazine include Chris Evans as Captain America, Hayley Atwell as Cap’s girlfriend Peggy Carter, Tommy Lee Jones starring as Col. Chester Phillips and many more.
We are not sure if this is the Official teaser copy, but this seems to be slightly edited versions floating around the web at various places. Regardless of the source it a good read!
Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment…Operation: Rebirth.
After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by ‘vita-rays.’ Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America wages war against evil.
There will be an eight issue limited comic book series tie-in. Cover artist Paolo Rivera, known for his work on Spider-Man, revealed his latest work for Marvel’s new digital comic book series for the anticipated movie. The eight-part series is titled Captain America: First Vengeance. Written by Fred Van Lente with a rotation of artists doing a story set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Each issue showcases a specific character from the movie, both heroes and villains. The stories act as a back story prelude for the movie. A pre-production copy of the cover can be seen here.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a shared fictional universe, much like the Marvel Universe in the comic books. Developed by Marvel Studios for the superhero films based on the Marvel Comics characters, it features shared plot elements in the films, settings, and characters much the same way Marvel Comics have been done since their beginnings. Contrary to what you might think, only three films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been released. These were Iron Man, the 2008 version of The Incredible Hulk , and Iron Man 2 in 2010. The Spider-man, Fantastic Four, X-Men and first Hulk movies are not a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is actually a rebooting of the Marvel Movies going forth. Four additional planned films are in the works which include Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. The Avengers is in pre-production and Iron Man 3 is still in early development. Reboots of Spider-man, Fantastic Four, and X-Men are also in the works.There is also talk of films featuring S.H.I.E.L.D., Ant-Man, Black Panther, Ka-zar, the Punisher, Cable, Iron Fist, Nighthawk, the Vision, the Black Widow, Dr. Strange, Luke Cage, Dazzler, War Machine and Power Pack.
So Captain America: The First Avenger is just 1 part of a much larger whole. Long time comics fans will recall Bucky Barnes was Cap’s sidekick back in WW2. In the new movie Bucky has not been forgotten, although he might not be recognizable to some fans. Actor Sebastian Stan is to portray a “dark” Bucky Barnes in the film. Not many details are available concerning the movie version of Bucky that we’ve been able to find so far. A photo showing Cap and Bucky together can be seen here.
Now here’s the lowdown on the cast courtesy of Wikipedia:
In December 2009, director Joe Johnston indicated he planned to start filming in April 2010. In a separate interview that month, he described the film’s pre-production: “Rick Heinrichs is production-designing and we’re set up down in Manhattan Beach, California. We have eight or ten really talented artists, and we all just sit around all day and draw pictures and say, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we could do this?’ It’s that phase of the production where money doesn’t matter: ‘Let’s put all the greatest stuff up on the wall and then later see what we can afford.’ ” The film,” he said, will begin “in 1942, 1943″ during World War II. “The stuff in the ’60s and ’70s comic books we’re sort of avoiding. We’re going back to the ’40s, and then forward to what they’re doing with Captain America now.” Johnston confirmed that the Red Skull would be the film’s primary antagonist. In February 2010, he stated that the World War II-era super team the Invaders will appear in “the entire second half” of the film, though in November he shot down speculation that the Sub-Mariner, an Invaders team-member in the comics, would be included.
Variety reported in March 2010, that Chris Evans was cast as Captain America, and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull.
In April, Sebastian Stan, who had been mentioned in media accounts as a possibility to play the title role of Captain America, was cast as Bucky Barnes. Stan is contracted for multiple films. Also in April it was announced that Hayley Atwell had been cast as Captain America’s girlfriend Peggy Carter as well as the changing of the film’s name from The First Avenger: Captain America to Captain America: The First Avenger. The next day it was reported that Joss Whedon would be re-writing the script for Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger as part of his negotiation to write and direct The Avengers. However the extent of Whedon’s polish on Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s script remained unknown. Whedon later clarified in an August interview that “I just got to make some character connections. The structure of the thing was really tight and I loved it, but there were a couple of opportunities to find his voice a little bit — and some of the other characters — and make the connections so that you understood exactly why he wanted to be who he wanted to be. And progressing through the script to flesh it out a little bit”. Samuel L. Jackson revealed in an interview that he will reprise his role as Nick Fury in the film. Kevin Fiege later confirmed that Fury’s elite special unit of US Army Rangers, the Howling Commandos would also appear.
In May, Marvel Studios confirmed Hugo Weaving will play the Red Skull. Toby Jones entered final negotiations to play Arnim Zola. Iron Man director Jon Favreau said a younger Howard Stark would appear in the film, played by Dominic Cooper. Tommy Lee Jones will have a role in the film. By June, Neal McDonough was in talks to play Dum Dum Dugan. Four days later, McDonough confirmed he was taking the part. On the same day, Stanley Tucci joined the cast as Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who created the Super Soldier Serum.
Like the photos and art? There are plenty more to be found from: www.comicbookmovie.com. After the Super Bowl checkout the official Marvel Studios Captain America: The First Avenger movie site: www.captainamerica.com
A blast from the past! Take a look at these clips from YouTube. Originally aired on the Marvel Superheroes animated show way back in the ’60′s. This animated feature was made directly from the comic book art by Jack “King” Kirby.
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
We continue our look back at our previously posted web comics. We’ll be looking at all that’s come before with this feature and adding new comments as well. This month we are reviewing Project: New Man #2 and Humants #1! Stay tuned to this section every Friday for more of our archived titles.
Project: New Man #2 – Page 21 - Don’t worry. This isn’t a Christain Pamplet and we’re not trying to convert you! One thing we like to depict in our stories is diverse characters. Hey! That’s reality. We all know people like these, right? So we have some characters who are Christian, some who are not religious at all, some who are Atheist or Agnostic. You really never know what kind of character will show up in our tales just like you never know what kind of folks you will meet in real life. But isn’t that the spice of life? Wouldn’t things be boring without it?
Okay so now let’s get our focus back on the story here. Dave is a little surprised at how close Max’s comparisons match up with his conversation with the Warden. It makes an impression on the guy. One that will have some bearing later on in the story.
Mark’s Remarks: As the story unfolds you may notice some similarities in New Man’s origin to that of a certain red, white, and blue Avenger! That’s because Captain America’s origin tale was a great inspiration for our hero.
Humants #1 – Page 20 - Now here is a nicely done page. One of Freazie White, Jr.’s best and that’s saying some! Actually Freazie got even better with his pencils and storytelling as we progressed in the series. Just wait until you see issue 2!
Billy Leavell, our ace letterer, came up with the spooky way of doing Megaddon’s word balloons. It really adds to the mood of the scene, eh?
Now we have introduced the team and the villians, time for some action… on the next page!
Mark’s Remarks: Now, I like this page! I thought Freazie did a great job penciling this one as did Al inking it. I added some tones to give it an even more serious feel!
Any questions or comments? All are welcome.
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