The First Avenger: Captain America Synopsis Revealed

October 5, 2008
Source: Film School Rejects

Captain America

We already confirmed back in May after Marvel's announcement of The First Avenger: Captain America that the film would be set in WWII. But an actual plot synopsis beyond that hasn't ever been released. In the latest issue of Production Weekly, a new full plot synopsis for the project was published. I'm a bit hesitant to trust this magazine, since they seem to have a lot of information on a project that's very far out, but for now this is what we'll go with. It does seem accurate and it does seem like a great way to introduce us to Captain America before progressing into The Avengers movie just months later.

"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-Soldier 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 and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers."

Reading that actually makes me wonder whether they just took the standard synopsis from some sort of Marvel database and used that until the studio puts out something officially. Either way, I'm glad that they're sticking with the original Captain America story and going all the way back to WWII. That should make for the perfect introduction just months before we move into the Avengers story. No director or actors have been officially announced yet. The First Avenger: Captain America will hit theaters on May 6th, 2011 with its follow-up, The Avengers hitting theaters on July 15th, 2011. Will you be ready by 2011?

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This definitely sounds like a quick biography, not some movie plot. This is all common knowledge (if you know about Captain America) and says nothing about what will be happening in the movie. I was excited by the title of this post, but this is nothing.

Viper on Oct 5, 2008


Reference of Capt America in upcoming Wolverine Origins Film / and vise versa??? It'd be enough just to have them bump into each other, look back, and then turn and continue walking. I'm pumped

Nick Sears on Oct 5, 2008


This is so great, I can't wait.

dac_fan on Oct 5, 2008


Its the pretty standard patter of hsi origin.. im looking forward to the movie due to its links to the other "Avenger" origin movies but Captain America is one super hero that never appealed to me. i mean come on in the darkest hours of WW2 they give him a shield ??? and made him an uncamo'd target seeing as he isnt invulnerable...

Fenris on Oct 5, 2008


Um, how could he be born during the Great Depression yet enlist and fight in WWII? Even if we say he was born just as the market crashed in 1929, he's still only got 16 years until WWII ends in 1945. I'd say this is definitely not a real synopsis, just something they made up.

scm1000 on Oct 5, 2008


Vita -rays? what the hell....

The Delightful Deviant on Oct 5, 2008


sounds really like a really shitty flick. avengers is going to suck.

darrin on Oct 5, 2008


He got to be Captain America I will try to contact Marvel and you???

Pepito on Oct 5, 2008


When I read that title I nearly pissed my pants in excitement but that doesn't sound like a "full synopsis" to me. Either way, I can't wait for the Cap and Avengers movies!!!!

Daas on Oct 5, 2008


Straight out of the comic, honestly I've followed the comics storyline (obviously not from the beginning or I'd be older than the internet itself) and I know a straight adaptation when I smell one, if this really is the movie.

Kail on Oct 5, 2008


I think the more generalized 'stick to the essence of his origin' will be the safest bet. We need a new face for the role of Capt America. I like Will Smith and Leo DeCaprio, but I don't think they're fit for the role. I'd see Will Smith be Green Lantern wayy before Cpt America. Any idea where/when shooting begins?

Nick Sears on Oct 6, 2008


anyone else think cap looks like Patrick Warburton...weird. I thought he'd been cast haha

Chad on Oct 6, 2008


Mark Valley is the only one to play Cap. Google him-- he looks exactly like Steve Rogers and has actual military experience (alumus of West Point, served in Desert Storm)

Alexa on Oct 6, 2008


Yeah this is bogus

THERBLIG on Oct 6, 2008


Ok, so if Cap is set in WWII and born during the great depression shouldnt he be a grandaddy when he teams with The Avengers? Case fact; Iron Man was made into a contemporary film, hence the middle eastern reference. Anyone else thought the same way too? Any thoughts?

Ken Masters on Oct 6, 2008


I think the "born" in the Depression is off, as that would make Steve like 14 or 15 when trying to enlist. They'd be better off saying that he grew up during the Great Depression. I think the Marvel bio has Steve Rogers born in 1917. Ken - Cap being set in WWII goes hand in hand with the comics origin. Cap was brought into modern day, due to an incident during the waning days of The War, in which he went to disable a drone plane, I think?, it exploded, and he was trapped in a block of ice... or a glacier... something like that. Anyway, the Avengers discover Cap decades later, and revive him. One of the challenges (and yet one of the pluses) in writing Cap this way, is that you take someone from the WWII era, and then smack them into the modern age. It would make for an interesting story to see how Steve Rogers of 1945 adjusts the the 21st century, and how the battles fought in modern day are drastically different from those of WWII. If this is a "true" plot, then they're going to need to iron out some details.

CMK on Oct 6, 2008


Well, as long as we're talking about the Great Depression, I caught a bit of a personal favorite of mine on HBO the other day - The Legend of Bagger Vance (which had Will Smith in it, weird...) - and when I saw Joel Gretsch, I completely thought of Cap, not just for his look, but also his acting true to the period: I really think it could work, but Rogers as a skinny kid would have to be a different actor. Oh, and Alexa, I actually briefly thought Mark Valley was Joel Gretsch after watching Fringe (I agree, he definitely looks like cap), but IMDB cleared that up for me (I have very poor facial recognition), and of the two, I think Gretsch looks the most similar. Look him up, tell me he doesn't have cap's look.

DN on Oct 10, 2008


Cap could very well have been born during the depression. Let's remember the fact that in those days, doccumentation was very poor if not non-existant in some rural areas, and there were no computers, hence it was very hard to confirm data from another place. LOTS of young men lied about their age and joined the army between the ages of 14-16, even though I believe at the time 17 was the youngest legaly allowed age (and then only with a parent's consent form). He might (just as many before him) have lied about his age in order to join, fueld as he was by the war time hype and feelings of patriotism.

Dave on Oct 20, 2008


who's going to play ole' capt.....anybody got any reasonable suggestions?Eion Bailey is my pick...mindhunters, fight club, check him out.....

CHICK on Jan 24, 2009


i will see the first avengre captain america so i will see john cena as captain america on the first avengre captain america and the avengres i like john cena as captain america he's cool and great so i like john cena as captain america so i will see john cena as cap on the first avengre captain america and the avengres in theatres see ya.

andries price on Aug 17, 2009

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