Captain America: The First Avenger
By Matt Connolly and Jeff Reichert
We’re almost there, Jeff! Next summer, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, and Captain America will finally leap out of their discrete summer-blockbuster cubicles and enter a world of communal superheroics, and the three-year, five-film, multi-tentacled franchise monster otherwise known as the Avengers series will reach its apotheosis. It’s been a hell of a ride, if you happen to get your jollies off multi-movie marketing blitzes and cross-character brand synergy. But what of the films themselves? Is our investment in the individual movies increased knowing that they are joining forces? Or are we more likely to think of the pre-Avengers pictures as little more than wallet- and time-draining filler? These issues crossed my mind a few times throughout Captain America, both because of the film’s temporal proximity to The Avengers and because there wasn’t a lot on screen that was really sucking me in. Continue reading.