By Corey Schroeder
The Superbowl may have gotten a slight bump in the ratings from the large number of geeks and nerds tuning in to catch the first glimpse of Captain America in motion and they were not disappointed. The spot was only thirty seconds, but I don’t think anyone should be too shocked that Marvel didn’t want to pay six million dollars for a minute long spot. Thirty seconds was also plenty of time to get a good idea about the tone and content of the movie.
We open on Chris Evans looking ONLY SLIGHTLY more healthy than Christian Bale in “The Machinist” getting into some kind of pod while we’re treated to him struggling through basic training in the army and talking with who we can presume is Professor Erskine, the leader on the “Project: Rebirth” experiment to create a super soldier to combat Hitler, or possibly HYDRA. Tommy Lee Jones is glimpsed briefly, which was a surprise to me, and Steve Rodgers stumbling out of the machine looking JACKED. After a quick quip about feeling taller, we’re off and running!
Cap bursts through a massive door, shield forward with a mustachioed, bowler hat-wearing man to his right who can be none other than Dum Dum Dugan of Nick Fury’s Howling Commandos, Cap smacking around some non-descript villains with the shield, what appears to be a stealth bomber passing overhead, Cap riding a motorcycle, dodging bombs, it’s all a lot of quick cuts. The only thing of real substance is near the end where we catch a quick glimpse of Red Skull peeling off what appears to be a “normal face” mask. It’s one of those things that’s rarely touched on: Red Skull must wear masks easily since his head has no skin. We’re then treated to a bit of comic relief of Steve Rodgers holding the shield and being shot at by a woman who comments on the shield stopping the bullets.
Overall, I thought this was a really great spot and it’s got me officially excited for the movie. It’s interesting that it looks like HYDRA is actually going to be the main villains rather than Nazis or Hitler, and I’m wondering if they’re going to play any kind of major role in the movie. One of the complaints I’ve been reading/hearing a lot is that the tech doesn’t look very World War II era, but once we’ve entered a Second World War where we have pods that turn people into super soldiers and indestructible shields we’ve abandoned historical accuracy in favor of an awesome movie. I hope I’m right and I hope that the movie is primarily set during that time, but even if it isn’t I’m still ready to give it a day in court.