Thursday, January 13, 2011

But wait, there's more! Entertainment Weekly debuts full shot of Chris Evans as Captain America.

On one hand, I cannot argue per se with the more realistic look of this World War II-era costume. On the other hand, there is a certain thrill with seeing your favorite comic book characters on the big screen looking exactly like their four-color counterparts. So I can only hope that the epilogue for the Joe Johnston period adventure, which will likely serve as a cliffhanger for The Avengers, will have Steve Rogers debuting his more traditional costume once the film shifts to present day, ala the first run of Ultimate Avengers. Still, as the X-Men series and Batman Begins proved, costume fidelity is a moot point if the film works. The big question now is when we're going to see a trailer for this thing. Word of mouth on the footage has been mixed, and there is no word on a Super Bowl spot, which would be the most appropriate venue. As of this time, Captain America is, along with X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Apes, among the only major summer tent-poles that hasn't debuted a teaser of some kind. I still cannot believe that Paramount isn't opening this one over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but I can only presume that Michael Bay called dibs for Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon and wouldn't budge.

Scott Mendelson

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