ITEM! Good news, everyone! Oh my, yes. Actually, the general idea of The First Avenger: Captain America movie (May, 2011) being mostly set in WWII has been public news for some time... but it’s sure nice to see some confirmation. According to Production Weekly magazine, here is the official plot synopsis:
"Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the 'Super-Soldier Serum' and bombarded by 'vita-rays.' Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers."
Nice, right? Mom, apple pie, and the Red Skull are also believed to be included in the script. Hopefully this is legit, though some blogsters have their doubts. Still, it always bodes well when the studio (even Marvel Studios in this particular case) expresses a genuine desire to stick closely to the comic’s creative concepts. Believe me when I tell yah no one wants another frantic franchise-killer like Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer on their hands again! According to my sources (feeble though they may be) no director or lead actor have been attached as yet. About the only thing your Uncle Stanley can say with certainty is that Cap won’t be played by Will Smith or Nicholas Cage. And Nicky, you can quit calling my offices. You already had your shot at Merry Marvel Franchise-Building in Ghost Rider, oh Elvis-like One!