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Watch: New Trailer For 'Captain America' Promises To Be The Savior Of Summer Comic Movies

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 23, 2011 11:44 AM
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It's been a bit of an uneven summer so far for comic book movies. "Thor" was a near campy, somewhat enjoyable romp that made tolerable popcorn entertainment but didn't exactly have us hankering for a sequel, either. "X-Men: First Class" had the scope and stakes not regularly seen in a comic movie, and buoyed by strong performances by James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, it certainly elevated the genre but was not without some hard to ignore issues. And the less said about the godawful "Green Lantern," the better. So, can "Captain America: The First Avenger" top off the comic book summer with a bang? The newest trailer suggests the answer is: yes.

Starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan and Stanley Tucci, the movie goes right back to the start with a WWII origin story that shows patriotic, skinny nerd Steve Rogers getting beefed up into superhero size thanks to Army researchers. It looks to be a rollicking good time, with Evans seeming to have found a role finally worth his salt and director Joe Johnston perhaps redeeming himself for a decade's worth of crap. Also notable is that Atwell -- unlike Natalie Portman, January Jones and Blake Lively before her -- looks like she'll be more than just a pretty face walking around the set. If we have only one problem with this new trailer, it's that it is pretty much a walkthrough of the entire movie from front to back. Let's hope Marvel doesn't pull a 'First Class' and kill anticipation for their movie by showing us the whole thing before it hits theaters.

Anyway, fans and non-fans alike should be very happy with this one. "Captain America: The First Avenger" opens on July 22nd. Full trailer below.

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  • The Playlist | June 25, 2011 10:49 AMReply

    Its a marked improvement to be sure, but yeah, the skinny Chris Evans CGI is really, really bad and unbelievable -- like a really bad photoshop job.

  • Christopher Bell | June 25, 2011 6:45 AMReply

    Him in the car with whats-her-face is really, really awkward... is he really THAT small?

    Otherwise it does look fun. But, trailers have fooled me too many times.

  • Fred | June 24, 2011 5:16 AMReply

    Spot on report, couldn't agree more. Not so long ago, this was seeming to be pulling up the rear in advance anticipation of the summer superhero opuses and may well surprise everyone.

  • re | June 24, 2011 3:50 AMReply

    Wondering about the Howling Commandos connection....

  • Glass | June 24, 2011 3:29 AMReply

    Genius use of 'Forty Six & 2' for the music. Got me listening to Aenima again now.

    I’m as over comic book movies as the next lucid moviegoer, but this has always seemed like it could be pretty good. Not Dark Knight good, but more like Iron Man/X-Men. *fingers crossed*

  • Kathleen Walsh | June 24, 2011 2:14 AMReply

    Looks Rocketeer-esque. CANNOT WAIT.

  • ryan | June 24, 2011 2:08 AMReply

    Sky Captain of Tomorrow meets Watchman. Snoozefest.. I'd say domestic hits 150 and international roughly the same. Won't be profitable. You've seen one of these movies, you've seen them all. Twank on Playlist.

  • KT | June 23, 2011 12:56 PMReply

    Imagine what an X-Men would look like in the hands of Marvel Studios...

  • Michael Bay | June 23, 2011 12:23 PMReply

    I didn't know TOOL ever licensed there music?

  • carrie | June 23, 2011 12:03 PMReply

    looks more than watchable! looks really good!

  • actionman | June 23, 2011 11:57 AMReply


  • bob | June 23, 2011 11:49 AMReply

    this looks amazing!!!

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