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The Captain America Movie that Already Exists in Comics

How influences from THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY show up in the Cap trailer.

 Will Cap's USO outfit look like this?
We’ve been covering the developments of the CAPTAIN AMERICA movie for such a long time, even a thirty second TV spot is a cathartic release for a solid year of speculation. What’s most satisfying for me is that my suspicion that this new flick might draw from the sorely-overlooked THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA: SENTINEL OF LIBERTY seems like it’ll actually prove correct.  

This prestige mini-series from the early 90s was a retelling of Cap’s origin in the vein of Byrne’s MAN OF STEEL, bringing disparate elements of continuity together into a cohesive story for the first time. Considering that Cap’s origin hasn’t been re-told nearly as many times as Supes’ or Spidey’s have, I’m sure it was referenced during this new movie's writing process.

Adding to G-Man’s breakdown of the teaser, what similarities can I already see?

== TEASER ==
                   
 Cindy even looks more like Hayley Atwell than Peggy Carter does.

PEGGY CARTER OR CINDY GLASS?

The most noticeable link is that Peggy Carter seems to have been re-worked to serve the same role as Cap’s first lost love from the mini; army intelligence officer Cynthia Glass. Traditionally, Peggy was an American spy who served as an embedded freedom fighter with the French resistance. Cap only met her once he got in the field and their romance only got to blossom in combat, with Cap not even getting to learn her real name in some versions of the history. The spot, however, makes it look like Peggy will be Steve Rogers’ minder throughout the entirety of Operation: Rebirth, which is precisely what Cindy was. I don’t expect the similarities will stretch into the horrifying surprise about Cindy’s allegiances, though...

THE ORDER OF CAP’S CREATION

We see a scrawny Steve Rogers going through some overwhelming PT prior to his transformation in the trailer. While the original comics from the 40s made it look like he went straight from 4F rejection to super-soldier serum injection, the mini shows the months of intermediary steps in-between. Steve was very much part of a program and he underwent rigorous physical testing with a handful of other candidates whose physiques ranged from overweight to slim-but-physically-fit.  One of the best scenes from the mini showed Rogers impressing his supervisors with his heart by busting his hump to finish a lap race even when he’d already lost to all the other potentials. Whether or not we get a classic training montage, I’m sure that such clarification of how Rogers’ character made him best-suited for the job will be stressed beyond just the scene of Erskine’s heart-to-heart about the importance of being a good man.

 Cap actually had a lot of adventures as a home front spy-smasher, first.

The Howlin’ Commandos weren't to be seen in the mini because Cap actually didn’t see that much action abroad. He actually wasn’t supposed to fight anyway, as the Army was a bit hesitant about making their only super solider get his hands dirty in the field. We already know that Cap will be a USO performer in the movie and he’ll get frustrated enough with the comedy of his situation that he'll rebel against the army’s plans for him. While I don’t think the movie will get as deep into it, I do figure we’ll see at least some threads of the mini's scenes where a combat-hungry Cap starts his crime-fighting career as a masked, unnamed vigilante who targets fifth-column saboteurs on the home front. Maybe he'll go sneak off on a field mission as Captain America without his supervisors knowing?

Getting back to the Howlin’ Commandos (who I suspect will be led by Dum Dum Dugan instead of Nick Fury,) it looks like they’re going to be aiding and abetting Cap's unusual secret identity. In the mini, Cap takes the usual Clark Kent conceit a step farther by playing Pvt. Steve Rogers as a Gomer Pyle-style doofus who somehow keeps getting taken away for secret government business. Considering that fans are already concerned about Chris Evans playing this role in a jokey way, I sincerely doubt this flick will feature any of those shenanigans. Dugan may be the one to keep taking Rogers from his unit, though.

   The Skull's super-soldiers in their super-suits. Compare and contrast with the Hydra dreadnaughts in the movie. 

HYDRA DREADNAUGHTS OR GERMAN SUPER-SOLDIERS?     

The prospective commonality I’m most excited about concerns Cap taking on Germany’s super-soldiers. In the mini, Cap’s pitted against the Red Skull’s trio of assassins who’re armed with suits that let them shoot acid and electricity from their hands. In the trailer, we see Cap pitted against a couple of Hydra soldiers who’re armed with suits that let them shoot fire from their hands. Considering how Hydra’s been set-up to be Nazi Germany’s special weapons division (merging the organization with A.I.M., basically) I suspect we’re going to see more than a few of the outfit’s failed attempts to duplicate Cap prior to the Skull’s own transformation. Facts are, Cap's going to be fighting more colorful foes than just Johann Schmidt, and I doubt Arnim Zola will be one.

WHY WAIT?

If five months seems like a horribly long time to wait for a Cap movie, then I strongly encourage you to go seek this mini-series out. Fabian Nicieza and Kevin Maguire intended it to be CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE MOVIE on paper and it succeeds so well in that goal that Joe Johnston and his crew have a hell of an act to match (ironically enough, the mini actually came out around the release of Johnston's last superhero movie, THE ROCKETEER.) Even if five months doesn't seem like a long time for you, my recommendation still stands firm, because this is one of my all-time favorite Marvel stories - - a charming, ripping yarn with gorgeous, full-painted art that infuses real humanity and heart into an icon's earliest years.

 Tom Pinchuk’s the writer of  HYBRID BASTARDS!  &  UNIMAGINABLE . Order them on Amazon   here  &   here .  Follow him on Twitter:  @tompinchuk

19 Comments
Posted by Daletiel

I always did enjoy seeing where the various elements came from in these films.

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Marvel Studios knows what to put in their movies, the good marvel comic arcs.

Posted by Band Lone
@Doctor!!!!!:  Not always 
 
 
 
 
Posted by davelecave
@Band Lone said:
" @Doctor!!!!!:  Not always 
 
 
 
  "
 
These were not made by Marvel Studios...
Posted by Darthtravis

I actually bought this comic when it came out in the 90's.  I completely forgot that I owned it until I read this article...nice blast from the past!

Posted by War Killer

Fantastic mini-series.

Posted by spider-man 2996

I should get this in trade
Posted by dvorak

So, where can I pick this up? Is it available in trade still?

Posted by Ellocobruja
@Band Lone: 
 
Those are not Marvel Movies, Sweetie
Posted by No_name_here
@dvorak: @spider-man 2996:  It was never collected, sadly. You'd have to hunt down the back issues.
Posted by Sammo21
@Band Lone:   Unfortunately for you, those are not MARVEL Studios pictures.  To date, the only MARVEL Studios pictures that have been released:  Iron Man and Iron Man 2.  Those 2 are FOX and Sony, respectively.  FOX has the largest track record of FAIL when it comes to MARVEL movies:  X-Men 1, 2, 3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, and Daredevil.  Sony did Ghost Rider, Spider-man 1, 2, and 3.  
 
#WikipediaCanBeYourFriend
Posted by Eyz
@sammo21 said:
" @Band Lone:   Unfortunately for you, those are not MARVEL Studios pictures.  To date, the only MARVEL Studios pictures that have been released:  Iron Man and Iron Man 2.  Those 2 are FOX and Sony, respectively.  FOX has the largest track record of FAIL when it comes to MARVEL movies:  X-Men 1, 2, 3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four 1 and 2, and Daredevil.  Sony did Ghost Rider, Spider-man 1, 2, and 3.    #WikipediaCanBeYourFriend "
Fox doesn't make movies. Fox makes "lackbusters" or simply put cheap "fake" blockbuster just to keep copyrights and make the maximum profit on the minimum budget :/
Posted by Chris207

THANK YOU TOM!! I called this series out months ago when I heard they were making a Cap movie. This is a great series, and if only 50% of this story makes it into the film I'll be happy. 
 
My only gripe is that when this series came out, and I set up my cast in my head, I had Brendan Fraser as Cap and Moira Kelly as Glass.
Posted by Sammo21
@Eyz:   Well, in terms in Ghost Rider 2 and the FF4 reboots, yes, pretty much.
Posted by Kid_Zombie
@sammo21:  and incredible Hulk was marvel studios also.
 
@Eyz: @sammo21:  dont forget the announced daredevil reboot, spider-man reboot and this x-men prequil/reboot thing they are doing. all anounced the day disney bought marvel so they can keep the rights. damn FOX and Sony. Imagine fantastic four, spider-man and x-men all in marvel studios movies? amazing!


Posted by Sammo21
@Kid_Zombie: Well, one way to look at this: If they did have all of those properties, we wouldn't see them coming out in the same frequency.  Last year we only had IM2, this year we have Cap/Thor, next year is Avengers....if they had ALL of those characters I don't know that we would see all of their movies.  Of all of them, I wish MARVEL had the rights to Spider-Man more than anything...Would be cool to see a Johnny Storm cameo in a Spider-Man movie...or a Daredevil cameo.
Posted by Kid_Zombie
@sammo21:   and to have thoughs cameos,  you would need FF, daredevil and spider-man to all go back to marvel studios. 
 
Ya i figured that we wouldn't see movies as often, but is that a bad thing? there are to many superhero movies as it is, I would rather have no movie, with possible cameos, then have fox do another shit job and over saturate the market.  
Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Wow There was no love for Daredevil.
Posted by Eyz
@Kid_Zombie said:
" @sammo21:  and incredible Hulk was marvel studios also.
 
@Eyz: @sammo21:  dont forget the announced daredevil reboot, spider-man reboot and this x-men prequil/reboot thing they are doing. all anounced the day disney bought marvel so they can keep the rights. damn FOX and Sony. Imagine fantastic four, spider-man and x-men all in marvel studios movies? amazing! "
Exactly my point :/
That X-men first class prequel to X-men1,2,3/sequel to X-men origins: Wolverine sounds sounds so...improvised...rushed... exactly something just to keep rights a while longer to be able to make "The Wolverine" later this year or in 2012...