The Road To Infinity War Part 5: Captain America The First Avenger
Week 5 gives us one of the best introductions to a character in the MCU, Captain America. I think a lot of fans were apprehensive when the former Human Torch Chris Evans was cast in the title role. Looking back, how could it be anyone else? Evans brings the much needed heart the MCU and exhibits perfectly the purity of Steve Rogers. Growing up, I always looked at Captain America as someone we should all inspire to be. He’s not perfect, but his genuine desire to do the right thing and goodness is Cap’s defining trademark. Chris Evans is literally a living representation from page to screen.
The Tesseract (Space Stone) is front and center in this film. Hidden away by Odin on Earth, the Red Skull acquires it early in the film and quickly weaponizes it to the Nazi/Hydra military. While I appreciate Odin trying to keep the Infinity Stones safe, kind of a swing and a miss here.
It was an interesting reveal in the film that the Red Skull used a form of the same Super Soldier Serum that would later be perfected with Steve Rogers. It’s a bit of a shame that we didn’t see more examples of this after their initial encounter. At any rate, I enjoyed Hugo Weaving playing the villain, I really hope the door isn’t completely closed on a future appearance.
Tonally, each Captain America movie is vastly different but the core of the hero remains the same. With First Avenger, we get his origin during World War 2 and despite being set in the war, it’s still very much an adventure movie. One could have easily made a series of films revolving around Captain America and the Howling Commandos. It’s true they were pretty much underutilized here not unlike the Warriors Three in Thor, but like them a few have made appearances in other MCU projects.
Captain America The First Avenger is the final film leading into The Avengers which in itself is a daunting position to be in. The cast and story bring it together nicely as we finally head into the first big team up for our heroes, The Avengers.
HOW IT CONNECTS TO AVENGERS INFINITY WAR: It’s all about the Space Stone. At the end of the movie it is taken by Howard Stark and stays within S.H.I.E.L.D.’s possession until the present.