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Captain America: The First Avenger Trailer Breakdown & Analysis

The full trailer is finally here. What does it reveal that the TV spot didn't?

The full Captain America: The First Avenger trailer is officially here as   a two and a half minute full trailer. Previously we only had the 30-second Super Bowl TV spot.  Despite being two minutes longer, we've seen much of this footage already. Let's break down the trailer to see what new information we can discover. 

The trailer opens with an exterior shot of the recruitment center. You get a real feel for the time period and this reminds us that this is a period piece film.  We can safely assume that this will be when little scrawny Steve Rogers will make his attempt at joining the Army.

Poor Steve, he is so full of patriotism and all he wants to do is serve his country. You can see from the guy behind him that he clearly is not fit to serve.  Did they let Hobbits join the service? I would wonder if they made helmets in his size or if he'd be able to carry a rifle. As in the comics, he is rejected with a 4F designation.
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Back at home, when pushed into some garbage cans in a back alley, we get the little foreshadowing of what's to come as he holds the lid in a shield-like fashion. What do you think the odds are that it will provide adequate protection for him? It's simply ripped from his hands and he's rewarded with a right hook to the kisser.

Back at the recruitment center. Did the first scene happen after we see Steve's alley fight? It makes more sense that we would get a sense of who he is and what he's going through before making his attempt to enlist. Not only would enlisting allow him to do his duty, it would also allow him to escape his sad life and do something he longs to do.


Here we see Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. It has been said that Bucky actually acted as Steve's protector in the neighborhood.  This is a departure from the comics where Bucky was the younger military camp mascot. With Bucky enlisting and shipping off, what will Steve do to protect himself from the evil neighborhood bullies? Bucky tries making it clear that War isn't something to mess around with. Surviving in the alleys is one thing but trying to survive in a war is another.


Tommy Lee Jones plays Colonel Chester Phillips and gives his speech to the new recruits as Hayley Atwell stands behind him as Peggy Carter. This cuts away as Steve clearly makes another attempt at enlisting. Professor Erskine tells Steve about the chance to serve for his country. During Colonel Phillip's speech, he tells the new recruits about their plans for a new breed of super-soldiers.

In a series of quick action shots, we get a look at Dum Dum Dugan doing what he does best: wearing a derby and kicking ass. What I want to know is, is Nick Fury going to be appearing and is Dum Dum around in the present? We haven't seen him in the Iron Man movies.  

As a volunteer in taking the Super Soldier Serum, Steve prepares to undergo the experimental treatment. He asks why he was chosen. He is told that a weak man will value the strength and power given through the experiment. We see some of the set up footage seen in the TV spot as they prepare the vita-rays to transform him.  

We knew Howard Stark was involved from Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk. It turns out that he was the one to pull the switch that began the experiment.   

Next is the familiar shot of Steve, newly transformed into a giant mass of muscles, emerge from his experiment pod. Showing him running down the street gives an idea of what he can do besides walk around in his new body. Is he running to test his new body or is he freaking out over the change? You can see Peggy standing outside watching him run. And shouldn't his pants be a little tighter. I'm not saying I want to see him wearing tighter pants. Hopefully they thought ahead and had him wear some oversized ones before the treatment. 

Check out the shiny enemy weapons. I know HYDRA has some spiffy toys but this is where the 1940s feel starts to fade away. It appears that Steve doesn't like them either as he swims after it, punches through the cockpit and pulls the guy out. When he asks who he is, the reply is, "The first of many." 

Enter the Red Skull! In the first shot we see him from behind in his disguise. What is that shining blue light in front of him? Could he be holding the...Cosmic Cube? In the next shot we see the army of HYDRA agents along with a familiar shiny red dome holding up a drink to his troops. 

We know that Red Skull has a pretty damn good mask to cover his red...skull. There's a couple interesting things here besides the fact that he has an amazing latex mask that makes him look completely normal. The first is that this is a reversal from the comics. Originally Red Skull simply wore a skull mask until eventually he became the victim of his own red skull powder that turned his face red and skull-like. The second thing is from this trailer, it appears that he is revealing himself to Captain America. Why he would feel the need to reveal his true face to Cap is something I want to know. 
In the last spot, we saw Cap and his buddies bust into the warehouse to start kicking some butt. What I really like about this is the fact that Captain America uses a gun. We know he doesn't need one and it's something that writers have tried to shy away from. The fact is, he was a soldier. He went through training (as seen in the TV spot). He most likely won't be using it long but I really dig that he does at least for some time. 
Next is a flash of action shots with things exploding, all pretty much which we've seen in the TV spot. As before, I find the shot above humorous as the HYDRA agents go up against Cap with flame throwers. You can see some guys standing in the background with fancy looking guns but perhaps they're playing around with him. He should easily be able to jump over the flames since we saw him running down the streets with speed.


Peggy and Colonel are out for a drive in a convertible. I'm sure she's looking up at Cap. Is it wrong that she's developed such feelings for him. Did she fall for him before he became hunkified or did she see him before his change. How cool would it be if this wasn't just a normal convertible but instead one of those flying SHIELD cars. That would probably be too much though. 

Can Cap throw his shield and can he catch it? The answer is an awesomely great yes. Not only can he catch it as if he had a giant magnet in his gloves, he has also mastered the ricochet effect in bouncing it off the walls to hit whatever target he's selected. 
After we get the spiffy logo and a close look at the shield, we get the "funny" ending. Most action movie trailers try to end with a funny bit. Ha ha...look at Captain America scared at being shot with a little gun. But still, I'm so ready to see this movie. 
That ends the trailer. Despite being two minutes longer, it almost feels like we didn't get a lot of new footage. That is good as I'm sure we'll be seeing a bunch of TV spots highlighting different things and giving away too much of the movie before it hits theaters. 
Was there anything in the trailer that I missed? How do you think this trailer compares to others and to the TV spot? 
Here's the trailer once again in case you haven't seen it. 
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Posted by Mas

So excited to see this movie!

Posted by deadpool1109

Woohoo!! Captain America!!! Although having Chris Evans Play 2 guys in the marvel universe!! still not too sure how that will play out!!

Posted by MrMazz

In a series of quick action shots, we get a look at Dum Dum Dugan doing what he does best: wearing a derby and kicking ass.     

hells yea thats what he dose
Posted by haydenclaireheroes

love these breakdowns

Posted by TheGalacticZombie

This flick looks freaking awesome.

Posted by goldenshot80
That was awesome. Wondering what it would show after the credits
Posted by chickdigger802

I swear I saw wolverine somewhere in this trailer. Now I can't find it. Must have been my mind doing funny things =/

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Edited by Malonius

Cap's helmet/mask looks dumb

Posted by LiquidSwords

So stoked!

Posted by Falcon9

I am very excited to see this movie, however, I am still worried that it will have too much of an "We are trying to be more epic than needed" feel like they did to the Wolverine movie. So I am going in with fingers crossed.

Posted by Girth

Looks great. A lot better than this

Posted by AlKusanagi

I imagine the part with him running down the street and busting into the sub all come from the same scene. The man most likely kills the doc right after Steve's transformed and he immediately has to put the new body to the test.

Posted by Out_of_Space

It looks amazing .

Posted by HexThis

Looks good although Chris Evans all dwindled down to a short, scrawny freak is extremely creepy-looking. Couldn't they have made him taller? He looks like death warmed over! I hope he's going to be an illustrator like he was originally, I always thought it was endearing that Steve Rogers was a little artist before he became Captain America. I still think Chris Evans is a little goofy for the role but I remain cautiously optimistic.

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Posted by Osiris1428

This looked nice. Didn't see Gabe, but, whatever.

Posted by Eyz

I hope, from what I gather from this pic,

That the movie will have a bit of this following comic in it:
Captain American Timely Comics
Posted by MAV

00.50  It's that arc reactor?!

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Posted by ntb1124

Everyone in the office just watched this trailer, extremely awesome!  Now back to boring, boring work...

Posted by Cessate

Woooow. This is beyond stellar.

Posted by ddaann1985

Wow this actually looks pretty good! :)
Only i think it's a shame that the Nazi's have futuristic weapons...
But for the rest, very nice!

Posted by ddaann1985
@ntb1124:  Haha, well good luck with the work day.....:) Hope it's not as bad as it sounds :P
Posted by Norusdog

looks like a lot of promise mixed with a lot of cheese.  The speech about weakness made me cringe as did the trash-can lid shield...we'll see if they keep that crap to a minimum or if they end up ruining the movie with it.

Posted by celticpain



Here is some nostalgia from way back when
Posted by fitchy101

I thought it was Namor who smashed the shiny Hydra toy, as in the next shot the guy doesn't look like he's been dragged out of water.

Posted by SupremoMaximo

I noticed the Super Soldier Serum parts your hair differently..

Posted by Foggen

I'm gonna guess that the running in un-tight pants scene and the submarine scenes are him pursuing Erskine's assassin.

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ryan reynolds did it too, I got to say this will be the greatest movie to be made as the next landmark for the Avengers Movie
Posted by RYU/BATMAN

Really awesome breakdown of the new trailer

Posted by SupremoMaximo

Catches the shield at 2:15

Posted by Fuloqwam

I showed my non-comic friend the trailer, he was like; "holy ****!  Did Agent Smith just pull off his own skin?!?"    
And I was like;  "Yeah, that's Red Skulls origin, one day he just pulled off his face to show what a badass he is."   
My friend immediatly vowed to be the first in line to see the movie.
Posted by CRTrobinson
@Malonius: at least he has one and didn't get the Wolverine treatment right?
Posted by red_rover

I love the strength of spirit that Evans shows as the scrawny Rogers.  That is such a key underpinning of Cap's personality to get right.

Posted by MadComics

I wonder why he didn't sign up for the air force In WWII Air fighters where Feather weights I think I heard that they weight from 120-140 pounds

Posted by LordTaronji101

When i like comic book movies, its not just the action and story that gets me into it...its the cameos. I love that we introduce dum dum dugan. And the tie in with howard stark is ingenious. This movie is going to live up to every expectation, I just know it

Posted by dondasch

Still not entirely impressed.  Looking forward more to Thor than anything.

Posted by Mumbles
@Girth said:

" Looks great. A lot better than this

sweet. ronnie cox sounds like he's in the wrong film warehouse at the time of shooting.
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Posted by Dedpool

I like the trailer breakdowns you guys have been doing. They pretty much go over everything I'm already thinking and specualting about the film. Can't wait!!
Posted by Snakeguy

The costumes in this movie are awfull.

Posted by G-Man
@Snakeguy: It was the 40s. They didn't have great costume making technology back then...or something like that.
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Posted by aussiebushwacker

@MrMazz said:


In a series of quick action shots, we get a look at Dum Dum Dugan doing what he does best: wearing a derby and kicking ass.     

hells yea thats what he dose "


Fu#kin A!
Posted by Xaviersx

Nice article.  1st time my seeing this, so it puts it back on my radar.
Should be interesting as seen as an entire flick over trailers.  Seen worse costuming before, like WW on NBC, and I'll wait to see what is said after release.  Since I won't be seeing it in theatres, it'll give me time to determine whether it'll be a buy, Netflix, or pass.

Posted by TerryBogard2014
@CaptinAwesome said:


  F YEAH! "
Posted by Man of Lengend
@TerryBogard2014 said:
" @CaptinAwesome said:


  F YEAH! "
hahahahaha and yes this movie looks freaking epic
Posted by robokungfu

I HATE TRAILERS THAT SHOW ME THE ENTIRE FIRST ACT. Give us just a tad of mystery, Marvel. The end shield gag is really silly in an eye-rolling sort of way. The action looks good and if Marvel does give us any good and proper mystery it is in the Red Skull. This looks like a solid movie.

Posted by Hailinel

"And shouldn't his pants be a little tighter. I'm saying I want to see him wearing tighter pants."
Even in context, this quote is golden.

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