This week I watched the first Captain America movie! I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I didn’t first see it in theaters but I remember not understanding what was happening. This time around, I genuinely enjoyed it and was able to understand everything going on. It was much more entertaining than Thor! This film came out in 2011, a few months after Thor, and was extremely successful.
Overall, I felt that this film was pretty good! It gave a great background about Steve and what he believes in, it was entertaining, and it gave me a lot of feelings. I did find myself tearing up at the end because it was very emotional and it got me thinking about the future for all of the characters. The scene with Bucky falling as well was emotional because to know what he goes through is depressing. We even see the start of them brainwashing him at the Hydra base. It’s just extremely depressing and I wish more people appreciated his character and didn’t view him as the villain. I can’t wait to see his development in this show on Disney +.
At the beginning of the film, Red Skull is warned about the power of the Tesseract and at the end we see the power consume him and destroy him. This was a great display of karma, and much later in the films we see him return! Then we meet Steve Rogers. Steve is a good person, who stands up for what he believes in. He doesn’t want to join the army to kill, he wants to stand up for the little people. He doesn’t like bullies, regardless of where they are from. He maintains these morals throughout the film, and the MCU, as he fights for what is right. Before getting his classic shield, we see him use a trash can lid and later a taxi door as a shield, good foreshadowing! I feel that I have a greater appreciation for his character now that I better understand what he believes in. He was doing his best to do what was right, even when he was tiny and nobody really believed in him.We also hear his famous line, “I can do this all day.”
Let’s talk about some smaller things within the film. Still have the original Marvel logo, which of course I’m tracking for you, and we see S.H.I.E.L.D. finding frozen Cap! We get another great Stan Lee cameo, as a general, where he says something quick and funny again! Something I noticed that I found peculiar was that the Hydra weapons, when fired, sound like Iron Man’s repulsor weapons. Perhaps this was intentional! We also get our first look at Hydra, a Nazi division that has even more extreme views and wants to destroy the world and rebuild it in their image. Then we officially meet Howard Stark, who, as an individual, isn’t as bad as he was as a father. We didn’t get an end credit scene, just the words “Captain America will return in The Avengers,” which was honestly pretty cool!
Sadly, this film didn’t have obvious easter-eggs like the others. There are some very small details that pay tribute to the comics, but a normal viewer wouldn’t be able to catch them. The only thing that stood out to me were the film’s ties to Thor. There are mentions of Odin’s treasure room in relation to the Tesseract (something that of course ties into the other films!). The Nordic photos and location of the Tesseract, all tired to Norse Mythology, and of the World Tree. These are some great connections that I believe any viewer could notice and appreciate.
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