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Captain America: The First Avenger Review/Discussion (SPOILERS)

 

02-03-19 05:18 PM
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So, I've been doing an MCU marathon leading up to End Game, and I thought I might as well review all the movies, too. I've never reviewed movies before so this should be interesting. Also, I'll be reviewing the movies in chronological order, not the order of release date. So, the first movie in the timeline is Captain America: The First Avenger. To make this easier to read, I'll be breaking this down into multiple sections. Info, Plot, Entertainment Value, and what connections it has with the rest of the MCU. After those sections, I'll give my overall thoughts of the movie. Of course, there WILL be spoilers in these reviews. You have been warned. Let's get started. (I won't be including The Incredible Hulk in this review marathon because it's a pointless movie. I'll also be acting like it doesn't exist.

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Captain America: The First Avenger is the first movie in the timeline, but is the fourth movie to be released for the MCU. It was released in theaters on July 22, 2011, and was met with positive reception from both critics and audiences. It cost 140 million dollars to make, and it made 370.6 million dollars in the box office. 

Plot
Captain America: The First Avenger takes place in the early to mid 40s, and is in the midst of World War 2. Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) wants to fight for and protect his country and help fix the broken state the world is in, but is rejected from the military time and time again. Eventually, Steve gets recruited to be part of a new experiment to create the world's first super soldier. He undergoes the procedure, and thus, Captain America is born. On the Nazi side of things, Johann Schmidt, otherwise known as Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving) is the leader of the Nazi science division known as Hydra. Red Skull finds the Tesseract (Space Stone) and believes he has become one with the gods. He uses this newfound power to attempt wreak havoc across the world and not only win the war, but take over the world as well. 

Entertainment Value
With this movie, the amount of fun you can get watching it varies throughout the movie. From time to time, on rare occasions, I find myself getting just a bit bored with some of the scenes, although I can only recall this happening once or twice. The rest of the movie is action packed. This movie makes for a really nice origin story for Captain America and I think it captures who he is pretty well. He is a pure man in a broken world, and he is trying his best to fix it with the special gift he has received. I will admit, the final battle with Red Skull in this movie is underwhelming and a little disappointing, but that final scene in the movie where Steve crashes the ship purposely into an iceberg to save the world from being blown up makes up for it for me. It is such an emotional scene and Peggy Carter's (played by Hayley Atwell) reaction just breaks your heart. Of course, as we find out at the very end of the movie, Steve is alive, and not only that, but he's been frozen for about 70 years, and ends up in year 2011 at the end of the movie. 

MCU Connections 
Now, there are several MCU connections in this movie. The most notable one being the Teseract itself, which houses the Space Stone inside of it. The Infinity Stones are a huge part of the MCU. Another MCU connection is with Thor and Asgard. Red Skull seeks the power of the gods, and believes the Teseract is just that. And technically, it is. When he says gods, he is referencing Thor and the Asgardians. This taking place in the 40s, we get a lot of time with Tony Stark's father, Howard Stark, who actually invented Steve's shield and they were actually friends.
 
Overall Thoughts
My overall thoughts on this movie: this is a pretty good movie! I wouldn't call it anything amazing or spectacular, but it does just enough for me to call this a solid movie. I give this movie a 7/10. What did you guys think of this movie? I'd love to get into a discussion about this movie with everyone so please share your thoughts down below. 

 
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I really like the way they nailed the setting in this movie, from the 40's urban environments to the perspective of the soldiers in the war and all that cheesy propaganda stuff. Captain America is a little like Batman in the sense that he's more of a relatable hero. He isn't a god, he doesn't have laser cannons, he's just a more buff than usual regular Joe. He has to sneak into a compound to break a bunch of prisoners out, or fight his way through a train with a shield, the odds are still against him, but he perseveres through bravery and integrity.


... is it because they recast Edward Norton?
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That and just everything about it can kinda just be learned through Avengers 1, besides Abomination. I've also heard a lot of negative things about it, but eh. It's the only "MCU" movie I haven't seen. 

Also yes, one of my favorite things about this movie is how they nailed the 40s setting, and I wish we got more MCU movies that take place in the past. Luckily, Captain Marvel takes place in the 90s, so I'm really looking forward to that. He uses his shield in many different ways in this movie, but I don't think he gets real creative with it until Winter Soldier. Did you get to see this movie in the theater when it came out?
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Yes, I think it might be one of the last times I did, and it was a whimsical time, back before the MCU was such a household premise, and before it became a chapter based live action series, but through entire cinematic events. The last one I really saw was either Dr. Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy 2, whichever came later. I thought the movies were getting a tad stale, and decided to go casual and learn everything about the new movies through wiki pages and forum posts.

And then Infinity War happened.

I have my regrets.
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