The first official images of Chris Evans as Captain America have surfaced and guess what, we have opinions on it. But first…the photos…
GEOFF ARBUCKLE (Avengers Reviewer/Marvel Editor): I’m loving the casting and what images I’ve seen so far. It brings the Star-Spangled Avenger to the big screen in a realistic way. I couldn’t imagine not seeing a World War II era Captain America film and to see how this is playing out is nothing short of awesome, and to have Joe Johnston, the director of The Rocketeer, leading the production fits in so many ways. My brain is happy to not have to be stuck with those bad Reb Brown movies and that awful 1990 movie anymore!
Oh yeah… Need I mention how awesome it is that Hugo Weaving is the Red Skull? Or that Hydra is the main baddies? I cannot wait for next Summer!
PAUL MALLORY (Brighest Day/Captain America – and more – Reviewer): Chris Evans portrayal of “the first Avenger” may be more accurate than the movie’s title. The look manages to bring an authentic feel to the role. He’s not just a guy running around in a campy bright blue outfit. He’s Steve Rogers, a real soldier. And since Marvel has changed it’s movie game of late, file this one with Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and The Incredible Hulk, not with Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and Fantastic Four. And Hugo Weaving as Red Skull? Better pick than even Michael Chiklis as The Thing.
JOHN BARRINGER (Batman Reviewer/Editor): Impressive. Chris Evans certainly looks like a young all-American and despite seeing any footage he’s already making me forget his role as pop-jock-stud Johnny Storm (Human Torch). And I cannot stress how much I appreciate what appears to be a good amount of time in WWII. It seems like certain characters work best in certain eras, say Batman in the 40′s, and Captain America always works in WWII. We know he ends up in modern times – that suit he’s wearing on the cover looks pretty updated – but its assuring to know we’ll see a good portion of his roots. Still, these are just stills probably from the first 30 minutes, so I’m staying a little reserved, but I cannot wait to see more!
And to build on what Geoff said, Hugo Weaving. Come on. You know he’s going to be great.