Friday, February 4, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger gets a moody, dour poster, apparently inspired by Ed Brubaker's terrific story arc.

Just two days until the teaser premieres during this Sunday's Super Bowl, Paramount has released this genuinely compelling teaser poster. The tagline 'Avenge' is a bit silly, since the plot elements relating to The Avengers are theoretically not going to come into play until the last act of the picture. Yes, we know that Marvel is desperately trying to tie in Thor and Captain America with The Avengers (and Captain America: The First Avenger will indeed be called merely 'The First Avenger' in several foreign markets), but I think most US moviegoers won't care about the six degrees of separation. They'll either line up to see a Captain America movie or they won't. Regardless, this poster is indeed modeled after the cover-art from the fourth issue of Ed Brubaker's dynamite Captain America run. The more I hear about the film using Brubaker's arc as the primary tonal basis for the picture, the more excited I get about the Joe Johnston picture. It's no secret that I'm a hardcore fan of Ed Brubaker, and let's all remember that the tone for Nolan's Batman Begins was based on the post-"No Man's Land" work from Ed Brubaker (Batman), Greg Rucka (Detective Comics), and Devin Grayson (Batman: Gotham Knights) as much as it was based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One or Jeph Loeb's The Long Halloween. And as for his "uncredited work" on The Dark Knight, I dealt with that three years ago.

Scott Mendelson

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