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Which Marvel movie are you most excited about?

The Incredible Hulk14%[ 3 ]
Thor0%[ 0 ]
Captain America38%[ 8 ]
Iron Man 224%[ 5 ]
The Avengers24%[ 5 ]

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Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 11:13am

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Simon K Jones

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There's a nifty little interview with Marvel producer Kevin Feige over at CHUD.com, in which he talks about their upcoming projects, all of which sound increasingly exciting. Of particular note is that Captain America is to be a period piece, set during World War 2 - we reckon that a period setting is something that was sorely missing from the Fantastic Four movies.
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 3:16pm

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A period piece Captain America would be amazing. I was just thinking the other day about how the character just isn't easily modernizeable.
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 3:44pm

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Absolutely. He works in the comics specifically because he originated in WW2 - but part of story means that he hasn't aged. It makes for a very interesting character, particularly as he observes the political and social changes in America. It lends him an authority and point of view quite unique.

Given Cap's origins around Pearl Harbour, there's a particularly moving reference in the 9/11 Amazing Spider-Man issue, when Spidey observes that of all of the superheroes present, Captain America's the one that's "seen it before".

So if the CA movie is set in WW2, then we see him modern day in The Avengers, seeing the world as it is today...could be very interesting! Especially if you've got him butting up against a character like Tony Stark, who (even before Civil War) is kind of the polar opposite.
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 6:57pm

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Well I'm sure Cap will be frozen in the iceberg at the end of his ww2 movie and the Avengers will be the team put together to break him free and add him to the squad, come future. Cap is easily modernized. Ever played Marvel Ult Alliance? His costume in the cut scenes are perfect for the screen I thought.

But I'm more excited for the Avengers. I'm ready to see a good marvel team movie besides X2 and FF2.
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 7:21pm

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Avengers and Captain America will both make excellent movies, I'm sure.
Posted: Thu, 22nd May 2008, 10:44pm

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Anyone read the comic 'The Ultimates'? Take the first 5 issues of that and you've got your Hulk, Avengers, and Captain America movies precisely and cohesively rolled into one.

With Sammy L. as Nick Fury, of course. (Of whom Fury from 'Ultimates' is modeled after.)
Posted: Fri, 23rd May 2008, 8:41am

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CX3 wrote:

Well I'm sure Cap will be frozen in the iceberg at the end of his ww2 movie and the Avengers will be the team put together to break him free and add him to the squad, come future. Cap is easily modernized. Ever played Marvel Ult Alliance? His costume in the cut scenes are perfect for the screen I thought.
It's not so much the costume I'd be worried about as his attitude. He represents and defends an idealised version of America - the America that joined the war and helped the Allies win, the America that invented and innovated and grew so massively over the 2nd half of the 20th century. He's the social and just side of the American dream made flesh.

The problem that these days is that things really aren't that simple anymore. In the current political and social climate, there isn't a huge amount of space left for idealism and deep moral values in the way that the Cap represents. But if you take him from the 40s, that loyal sense of patriotism and honour, and then transplant him to modern day...THAT could be really interesting, as he observes how patriotism has gone from something to be proud of to something used a political weapon.

Stark and Captain America are interesting because they both represent different parts of the American Dream. The Cap is the idealistic, patriotic, sympathetic side; Stark is the military-industrial, capitalist side.