This week's cover: An exclusive first look at 'Captain America: The First Avenger'

EW-1127-COVER-CAPTAIN-AMERICAImage Credit: © 2011 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2010 MarvelFor fans of superhero movies, the most patriotic holiday on next year’s calendar won’t fall on July 4th, but exactly 18 days later. That’s when Paramount Pictures will release Captain America: The First Avenger, a big budget adaptation of the Marvel Comics shield-bearing super-soldier. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly offers your first look at star Chris Evans in the hero’s red, white and blue threads — but you can get a peek at the man in uniform right here, right now.

Our story also brings you to the set of the London-based production, directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, October Sky). During a break in shooting, Evans — on his second tour of Marvel duty, having played the Human Torch in Fox’s Fantastic Four films — explained he was reluctant to accept the call of Captain America, in part because he had already portrayed a Marvel-ous mystery man. Of course, he also worried about the potential cost of failure, but he also worried the potential cost of fame should the movie be a hit.

“At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!'” After declining the part three times, Evans took a meeting with Marvel execs and Johnston and was dazzled by their plans for the movie. He still felt wary about suiting up for Captain America — but then he had an epiphany. “I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear.’” Evans signed a six-picture deal with Marvel to play the character, and he has no regrets: “I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America.”

The movie — which also serves to set up Marvel’s 2012 superhero team-up, The Avengers -- hews closely to Captain America’s WWII-era origins. The year is 1942, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny lad who desperately wants to fight Nazis for his country but can’t because he’s been deemed physically unfit. His fate — and his physique — is radically transformed when he signs up for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation that turns wimps into studs using drugs and assorted sci-fi hoo-ha. There’s a love interest (Major Peggy Carter, played Haley Atwell), there’s a sidekick (Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stans), and there’s the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract (comic fans know it better as The Cosmic Cube). “The interesting thing about this character is that he’s an everyman who in the course of a few minutes become a perfect human specimen. That has to create some interesting personal issues,” says Johnston. “I saw it as an opportunity to make a superhero movie that felt real, that didn’t have to rely on an overabundance of fantasy elements.”

For more on Captain America, check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on sale Oct. 29. You can also view our Comic-Con 2010 interviews with Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Joe Johnston in the video below. And make sure to watch our chats with Kiernan Shipka (Sally in Mad Men) and Chloe Moretz (Let Me In and Kick-Ass),  part of a child stars feature in the issue.

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  • Karen

    Starring Nathan Fillion as Chris Evans as Captain America.

    • Elizabeth

      That’s EXACTLY what I thought… I had no idea that was Chris Evans.

      I do like the uniform…

    • Denise

      What the hell did they do to Chris Evans??????

      • Shiny

        Um…why does he have fake quilted abs? Are quilted abs the new fake spray tan abs? Do quilted abs leave you feeling cleaner and fresher than real abs?

      • Tucker


        It’s body armor, Shiny. A lot of body armor is molded like that.

      • The Other Guy

        Actually, the costume looks pretty good. Thankfully he’s not another one of those superheroes who look too muscular for their own good

    • Angela

      That’s what I thought. It does not look like Chris Evans at all.

      • Strepsi

        3 words on this awful cover:

    • jjmmtt

      My first thoughts exactly!

    • jpatm

      LOL- ditto-

    • Deja-Vu

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought he looked like Nathan Fillion! I thought I was seeing things. Chris Evans seems to have a great sense of humour and I think he’ll bring a lot to that role :)

    • charmuse

      no Kidding, Nathan before shower.


      The real Captain America would vomit in his mouth if he saw what the criminal One-Termer has done to our Gulf Coast, our troops and our once great nation.

      • JK

        There is no “real” Captain America, delusion-o. Yr. gross.

      • bobby

        shut up idiot.

      • Ben Siegel

        I seriously doubt that the “real” Captain America (I’m not even going to discuss the obvious mental gymnastics it takes to think this) – a man who was frozen in a block of ice, thawed out by (among others) a billionaire alcoholic wearing a protective battle suit and the Norse god of thunder and who was eventually turned into a werewolf known as Cap-Wolf for a brief period of time, and who ran for President himself – would have any problem with what Obama’s policies.

        Also, what was the name of that country that Obama has totally crippled with an unjust, seven year war? Was it Iraq? Yeah, it was! No, wait. Sorry, wrong President. We should totally impeach THAT President! What’s that you say? He got off scott free? Nuts…

      • Bob Mitchum

        You are a moron.

      • Anon

        Oh for crying out loud…have a tall glass of STFU and go sit down. This isn’t the forum for that crap.

      • Mikos

        Come on guys, trolls only matter if you feed them. Troll food is any response but they especially love indignation.

      • TeddyKGB

        I was just going to comment that we should enjoy what we can about this film now, before the Teahadists start picking it apart as Not Patriotic Enough. Looks like they beat me to it.

      • manny


    • Cyrus \

      The should’ve just got nathan for the part…

    • davo

      he looks like Nathan Fillion, if Nathan had extensive surgery to look like Chris Evans

  • rebecca

    I think I am going to like this movie because it takes place in WWII. I love period films and I love superheroes!!
    I just don’t like it when the same man plays two superheroes, especially when they are by the same creator!

    • Matt

      I refuse to believe the Fantastic Four films ever existed…

      • m

        lol – me too.

      • Nate

        They weren’t that bad. Good cheesy fun, in my opinion. I’d take those movies over Batman & Robin any day.

      • Cris

        That’s not a great movie to compare them with. I’d take a root canal over Batman & Robin. But yeah, the FF movies were awful.

      • jezoebel

        THe FF films were tolerable because Torch and The Thing were the best things about the films. Their bickering was a hoot.

      • joseph

        Last time i checked there were two fanastic four movies…I dont really see any problem with the movies i mean at least they stayed with the true story line actors fit perfectly and the actors played their roles…. orgin story was on point and what you mean you dont like the second movie…next yall will be saying the first hulk movie was better than the second…

      • der

        I don’t think all of the actors fit perfectly. Jessica Alba as Sue Richards?

      • bob

        Jessica Alba was too attractive for that role

      • bryan

        I’d rather watch Howard the Duck, Casual Sex, and the Adventures of Ford Fairlane than see one minute of Batman & Robin.

      • WazzaJ

        ‘I’.,totally agree-but they were kids films weren’t they?

    • nodnarb

      Except that they aren’t by the same creator. Stan Lee didn’t create Captain America if that’s what you’re thinking.

      • rebecca

        But they are both Marvel superheroes, so they are in the same company. That is what I meant. Evans is now two different superheroes from the same comic book company. Ryan Reynolds is at least two superheroes from different comic book companies.

      • nodnarb

        Fair enough. Your concern is that they exist in the same fictional universe and could potentially overlap… I get that.

      • Greg

        Actually, Halle Berry is in the same posture as Ryan Reynolds – she played Storm from the Marvel Universe in the X-Men films and Catwoman from the DC Universe (yes, I know, we’re all trying to forget that one) …….

      • HP

        But Jack Kirby was co-creator of both of them.

      • Swordfish

        Captain America created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby; the Fantastic Four created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

      • Tucker

        The problem is that as long as Fox owns the film rights to FF, they don’t exist in the same world as the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Same goes with Spidey and the X-Men.

        While I was initially reluctant about Evans playing Cap because he’d already played Johnny Storm, I’m behind it now. Though, I’m really ready to start seeing some footage to get an idea of how he’s handling the character.

      • nodnarb

        Despite what Neil Gaiman may insist, the illustrators aren’t technically the “creators” … a writer had to come up with the idea for a character before it could be designed. That said, I’ll concede that Jack Kirby may have contributed more to the creation process than Stan Lee gives him credit for. Personally, I think Stan Lee is a hack.

      • brettghampton

        All you have to do to realize Stan Lee is not only not a hack, but was a major contributing force to early Marvel, is to find anything that Kirby wrote and drew by himself. Then, you’ll begin to understand how snappy dialogue and characterization were Lee’s contributions (since they’re so noticeably lacking in Kirby’s solo work).

      • mrgnexus

        I don’t recall Neil Gaiman ever implying such a thing. As for being a “creator” — yeah Kirby was instrumental in creating a visual to go along with the words — therefore, he was a co-creator to both the FF and Cap.

        There really is little debate about this.

      • crazyish

        actually they were created by the same people technically considering jack kirby helped come up with both Cap and the FF

      • nodnarb

        @mrgnexus: Neil Gaiman has long been a champion of the illustrator’s role in creating a character. That’s why every issue of Sandman says “Featuring characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg” despite that Sam Kieth had virtually nothing to do with the actual creation of Gaiman’s Sandman/Morpheus character. And yeh, there actually is quite a bit of debate about Kirby’s role in creating characters typically attributed to Stan Lee. Regardless, Lee had nothing to the creation of Captain America… thus, not the same creators.

      • joseph

        now heres someone that actually knows what their talking about

      • Rob

        Nope. It’s a ridiculous choice. They should have chosen a different actor. They’re being pig-headed. Half the people on here still thinks he looks like Nathan Fillon in that shot (which he does) and that the armor looks terrible (which it does). Finally there’s a huge difference between playing one character in the Marvel Universe and another in the DC Universe, as opposed to two characters in the same universe.

      • WazzaJ

        ..well thank god we don’t have to see Lees’ tupee cameo in ‘..america..’,hhahaaaaha!!,then

    • Sucrettes

      Actually, Ryan Reynolds has played two Marvel characters, too. Hannibal King from Blade might not be a superhero, but he still lives in the same world as Deadpool.

      • joseph

        Man at one point not only did i hear but same that ryan reynolds was gonna play Flash but now well he is playing the Green Lantern… and i think he is perfect for both especially the Flash….

  • Brett

    Rebecca, I’m sure you will forget the two FF movies when you’re in the theater.

  • Jon

    I just can’t see this being a hit..

    • Karate Pants

      Oh, I’d hit that.

      • Brett A.

        Me too.

      • Asher

        Me 3.

      • lexcade

        in a heartbeat.

      • Franco

        Seeing how well they pulled off the inksny Steve Rogers gave me more faith about the movie. I didn’t see Johnston’s latest movie Wolfman, which people tell me was horrible, so I’m going into this movie with decent expectations. Dennis

    • Nate

      Me either. Marvel should have just did a brief intro to Cap in the Avengers movie. Thor, too. I expect mediocre success for both of their films.

      • Odinson99

        Cameo appearances by Thor and Cap?! No way Marvel could do that and expect Avengers to be the hit it will be! Cap and Thor are 2/3’s of Marvel’s Big Three! That would be like DC doing a JLA movie with Wonder Woman but without Superman and Bat-Man.

      • Nate

        @Odinson99: No, I meant introduce their “orgin stories” briefly at the beginning of Avengers instead of them having their own movies first. They would be in the Avengers movie.

      • cinema

        I feel the same way. They are going to suck!!!!!

    • Anna

      I can’t see this actually being a hit movie either, for a variety of reasons. One being Evans as Captain America.

      • Rob

        Ditto. This exactly covers it. Chris Evans as Captain Freaking America. Please.

      • cinema

        John Cena should have been CA! hands down. He has the look and the build. And of course the physical ability. Chris is a pansy. Oh and that thor crap they’re making. OMFG! That weak little hammer? WTF!!! Iron Man 2 was trash. Sam Jackson’s appearance in number 2 showed him looking FAT and bored, playing the same a** character.
        The avengers is going to bankrupt marvel the same way reny harlin’s pirate movie bankrupt carlco.

    • secret ninja

      As a true (Marvel) comic book fan, I see Captain America as probably the most important ,influential, and respected hero in the Marvel Universe, and the most important member (and leader) of the Avengers.

      How he translates (this time around) to the big screen is yet to be seen. But merely an intro would be an insult.

      Few people know the Captain America story, how he came about, what he’s capable of doing, how he made it from the 40s to the present without aging. Trust me though, Cap has the values of Superman, the intelligence of Batman, and he’s a fighting machine.

      Thor, on the other hand, doesn’t really do anything for me. But my problem with Thor is the same problem I have with Superman, he’s overpowered. I do think much of the new superhero fan hoopla will be lost when he’s introduced, because he’s a god. And because he’s a god, many people will lose their connection because the fictional movie will become too fictional for their taste.

      • Nate

        He may be important in the comics but I just don’t feel his story will translate well into a movie for the mass audience. Believe me, I’d love to be proven wrong. :)

      • Iliana

        “And because he’s a god, many people will lose their connection because the fictional movie will become too fictional for their taste.”

        True. Audiences totally reject films in which they see alien, totally fantastical fictional worlds;therefore the box office failures of Avatar, Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Lord Of The Rings, Clash Of The Titans, Aliens, et al. And overpowered characters usually fail at the box office, that’s why the first ever Superman film was such a flop… *wink*

  • Rob

    Hugo is the only reason why I am seeing this movie.

  • Alex

    Ugh, this looks like a bad Halloween costume… And what’s with the constipation look? Lame in all fronts.

    • nodnarb

      It looks like an Alex Ross painting to me… and frankly, he’s the best working artist in comics today. So thumbs up!

      • ltchy

        From what l’ve seen before regarding Cap’s costume, it appears to be a ‘functional’ outfit that definitely captures the look of the time period AND the comic.

        And nodnarb, you’re bang-on; Alex does the same in his paintings and IS the best working artist in comics! He brings that ‘real’ feel to his work that is hard to not appreciate! :D

  • M

    Chris Evan is too hot … wants!

  • UGH

    Hair needs to be blonder.

    • Tucker

      I’ve seen some of the on-set shots of Evans and his hair is blonder on the top than this cover makes it out to be.

  • Chris

    Rebecca, Ryan Renolds was Hannibal King in Blade 3 and Deadpool in the Wolverine movie, both Marvel characters.

  • BG 17

    I don’t know what Chris Evans is so worried about, Matt Salinger had a long, successful career after the last Captain America movie, no?

    • Marcia

      Dude. You had to bag on Christopher Reeves? I’m so kicking you in the shin next time I see you. Superman is ALWAYS off liitms dude.Reply by on August 12th, 2009 at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 12:55 am@Redneck Mommy, actually, his name is Reeve, no s . I know this because I was the man’s biggest fan. I actually teared up when I went online to find the right date when he was paralyzed. But if I can’t mock the things that are sacred to me, I can’t mock the things that are sacred to others. And now I’m sad again!Reply by on August 12th, 2009 at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 1:02 am@Avitable, My whoops on the extra S.And no mocking Superman.No mocking disabled people.No mocking insane people.Anything else, go nuts.Wink.Reply by on August 12th, 2009 at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 8:13 am@Redneck Mommy, everything in the world is open for mocking. I blog with integrity, which means I have to be an equal opportunity mocker. Now where’s my badge?

  • doopey

    Doc, Please tell me that at some point in the preview someone will reference “The Rocketeer”. I have yet to see anyone ask Joe Johnston to compare/contrast this film with that one, and it seems like an obvious comparison to make.

    • wg

      Thank you – that was my first thought at seeing this picture of Chris Evans – he looks totally Rocketeer. Now if Joe Johnston can recapture the feel of that movie as well – awesome.

      • KC

        I just bought the Rocketeer and the dude on the front(with a blond dye job)looks 1000x more like Cap than Evans…

  • hirolla74

    Hugo Weaving as Red Skull is awesome. Should have had Mark Valley as a mature Captain America.

    • Lord Sunder

      I agree. That’s who I envisioned as playing Cap from the start.

    • O-My

      RIGHT ON! That guy would have been a terrific Captain America. Not this douche.

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  • Luke

    Yay, even the manly Captain America is pursing his lips for more sexiness. When is the trout-pouting trend in Hollywood gonna stop?!? I blame Jolie and her fish lips.

  • Brett A.

    I think this is going to be interesting and I’m not even a fan of Marvel Comics anymore.

    So far, it looks good. So does Thor.

    Sadly, I wish I could say the same about Green Lantern.

    • Alex

      Not a Marvel zombie? Bwahahahaha… Why even bother hiding it? And sadly for you, this one will tank harder than Punisher. LOL

    • Rob

      This movie is going to be an epic flop. The only thing that might save it is if the studio downgrades and underplays expectations in terms of what it is going to earn from the start. Otherwise we’re talking massive flop.

    • Fermin

      Wow these look really good! I’m tnryig to decide if I want to wait until all of Issue #13 is done and read it all at once, or start reading it now. Decisions decisions, lol

  • Rob Grizzly

    I laughed at first glance, but really looking it over- it’s not that bad, and seems to match the period feel they’re going for.

    Still would have liked someone else in the role. Matthew McConaughey maybe? Evans should have kept saying no.

    • Gray

      I would take Evans over McConaughey any day.

      • Billy Knights

        first of all, Reynolds as Hannibal & Deadpool don’t count ’cause that last Blade movie suuuuuuuuuuucked. secondly; McConaughey (OR ANYONE ELSE including Kellan Lutz) would’ve been much better than HUMAN TORCH. love or hate the FF movies, they weren’t the worst and were too recent & known to be using characters for the same side (Marvel). hey; there were some good things about the FF flicks. not GREAT, like i said, but not total choad.

        Weaving as Skull was GENIUS.

        …and what is this pic of anyway? Cap BEFORE getting “super-soldiered” up which apparently made his neck a little more than “pencil-thin” and made his hair lighter? the costume, for the era they’re going for, is really good so far; too bad the dude in it looks like Torch stole Cap’s stuff for a joke one day. :-/

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