The First Avenger: Captain America To Be Set in WWII!
When we first broke the news that Captain America's shield could be found in Iron Man, which was preceded by Marvel's announcement of The First Avenger: Captain America movie for 2011, speculation began as to how exactly the movies would play out and how it would all eventually converge into The Avengers. In a recent update, numerous websites caught up with Marvel's Kevin Feige as part of an early promotion for The Incredible Hulk. Not only did he speak on all of Marvel's upcoming films, but he confirmed some details regarding Captain America and The Avengers. First things first, he did confirm Cap's shield was in Iron Man and went on to say that the Matthew McConaughey rumor was not true. And if that weren't enough, he mentioned that The First Avenger: Captain America would be set in World War II, meaning they're following the actual comic origin story pretty closely.
Reports on all things Marvel from Kevin Feige come from both IESB and CHUD. Feige said that "they plan to remain very faithful to the source material and completely traditional." This somewhat confirms my theory that we'll most likely see Captain America frozen at the end of the first movie and unthawed and revived somehow in the actual Avengers movie. I successfully predicted this would probably be the story. I even threw out the idea of seeing a piece of floating ice with red, white, and blue in it at the end of Thor in 2010. Thus it would get fans excited for the following summer, but that exact story still wouldn't continue until The Avengers movie, only because the Captain America movie would be set in WWII to introduce the character. Now it all makes sense!
In the comics, Steve Rogers volunteered for a top-secret defense project called Operation: Rebirth that was created to develop physically superior soldiers during WWII. Rogers was the first human test subject for the Super-Solider serum which transformed him into a human with maximum efficiency, greatly enhancing his musculature and reflexes. Subsequently, the man who had created the serum was killed, and thus the ability to duplicate the process was lost. In turn, the government reimagined Rogers as a superhero hero who served as both a counter-intelligence agent and a propaganda symbol to counter Nazi Germany's head of terrorist operations, the Red Skull. He eventually fall into a block of ice in the North Atlantic where he was frozen for years before being discovered in modern times and revived by S.H.E.I.L.D., to eventually become the leader of the Avengers.
Is it necessary that you see The First Avenger: Captain America to understand The Avengers movie? Feige says no, claiming that "each of them have to stand on their own. You won't have to have seen any of the films to understand The Avengers... but it will help." Of course! And we know that true comic fans will see them all anyway. And speaking of the Avengers, now that there is confirmation that the first Captain America takes place during WWII and the origin story in the comics will be followed closely, what about other key members of the Avengers team? Namely Hulk, who wasn't on Marvel's schedule after this year. Feige answered by saying, "this is three years down the line, so it's a long way down the road. But surely the Hulk is one of the core members."
Ever since Marvel announced its slate through 2011, I've been foaming at the mouth with anticipation. We're finally going to see a unified superhero universe comprised of some of the greatest superheroes ever. I'm already expecting The Avengers movie to be one of the most anticipated films in, well, probably ever made. You think Spider-Man 3 was big? Just wait until 2011. And now that Marvel confirms that they're going to stay true to the comics, it means we can expect even better films. This is definitely a very bright future for Marvel!