The full-length trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger recently hit the Web, creating buzz for what is already one of the summer’s most anticipated movies. With fans dissecting every frame for clues, I thought I’d jump into the fray with a look at the five best moments in the new trailer. Check out some of the highlights below — and tell me your favorite scenes in the comments.
Steve Rogers Defends Himself With a Trash-Can Lid
The Captain America team has used an impressive array of camera trickery and CGI effects to make Chris Evans look like a skinny weakling. (DJ Qualls wasn’t available?) Even better, Evans displays a soulfulness as the weak Steve Rogers that is new to his career. (There’s not many introspective moments in the Fantastic Four franchise.) One key moment in the trailer, effectively underscored by the always-welcome Tommy Lee Jones in speechifying mode, shows a scrawny Rogers defending himself from a bully by brandishing a trash-can lid like a shield. Though he takes a right cross to the face, Rogers still holds his ground. A strong character moment and a foreshadowing of things to come.
Howard Stark Is Part of Project: Rebirth
Iron Man 2 revealed that Tony Stark’s dad was one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now comes proof that he was also part of the government project that created
Captain America. Fans get a quick peek at Howard Stark in his younger
days, when Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), creator of the super-soldier formula injected into Rogers, signals him to begin the process. Since Captain America: The First Avenger will act as a prequel to The Avengers,
it makes sense that Stark Sr. would be the link that connects the two
films. Assisting with super-soldier programs, planning the World’s
Fair-esque Stark Expo, appearing in grainy filmstrips for his son to
find decades later — Howard Stark was one busy guy.
The Red Skull Revealed
to the new trailer, sneak peeks of Captain America’s nemesis, the Red
Skull, were relegated to leaked production images and set photos. Now we
get a good look at Hugo Weaving ripping off his face to reveal the
hideously scarred Nazi weapons expert who faces off against the
Star-spangled Avenger. Word is that the Red Skull will lead Hydra, a
terrorist organization that battles S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics. Fans
concerned that the film will downplay Cap’s World War II origins should
be happy with the new trailer’s Nazi uniforms and talk of escorting
Hitler to the gates of hell. However, word is that Hydra will emerge as
the film’s real baddies. Blame marketing: it’s difficult to sell toys
bearing Nazi insignia.
The Howling Commandos Make Their Debut
Teased in the Super Bowl promos, Nick Fury’s band of World War II heroes are prominently featured with guns blazing in the new trailer. A ragtag group that makes the Dirty Dozen look like a boy band, the Howling Commandos storm into battle alongside Cap’s sidekick, Bucky
Barnes. Eagle-eyed fans will spot Neal McDonough sporting a bowler hat
and swanky mustache as fan favorite (and future S.H.I.E.L.D.
agent) Dum Dum Dugan, alongside fellow tough guys Montgomery “Union Jack”
Falsworth and Gabe Jones. (Kenneth Choi plays squad member
Morita.) Could a Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos spin-off be in the works?
Captain America Slings His Shield
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Captain America tossing his
shield. The new trailer features more action than previous teasers, with
Cap smashing Nazis, riding a motorcycle, and tossing his shield at the
audience. (Cap’s love interest, Peggy Carter, also fires some
well-placed shots at the shield.) Chris Evans proves to be as adept with
the shield as he is in the subtler dramatic moments showcased early
on in the trailer. So far Captain America: The First Avenger is on pace to becoming one of the summer’s most anticipated films.