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Captain America: The First Avenger Review

25 Jul
What can be said about the latest addition to the Avengers team and the most recent incarnation of Captain America? How about… AWESOME! 

Don’t worry, we here at Comic Addicts understand your concern. Right about now you’re probably asking yourselves questions like, “How do we know this isn’t a re-hash of everything that’s been done before?” or “Does Chris Evans really make a good Captain America?” or “Did they cop out and make it a superhero love story?” The quick short answers to those questions are, “Trust us it’s not. Yes he really does. And no, they did not.”
Chris Evans as The Cap
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So what makes this Captain America different? Well there are three things done in Captain America: First Avenger that help to make the story more concrete and real. Steve Rogers wasn’t picked for the experiment simply because he was willing and because he was weak. Rogers was chosen for his heart, mind, and the drive to do good. The next element is that after Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) was killed it was Colonel Chester Phillips’ (Tommy Lee Jones) inclination to send Rogers to the lab to be studied so that perhaps the process and formula could be recreated. It wasn’t the same old, “Well we at least got you, so we’ll put you out on the front lines!” No, Rogers had to earn his due. The other element is that Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) isn’t the plucky Robin-esque sidekick this time. He is Rogers’ friend and the same age. They grew up together and in fact Bucky was the one who bailed Rogers out of fights in back-alleys.

Does Chris Evans make a good Captain America? Yes, he does. What makes him different? Evans’ approach to Cap is that he’s still unsure of himself, but very willing to just jump in as well as disobey orders to do what is right. Evans also plays Cap with a level of intelligence. He’s not some spandex clad monkey simply taking orders. Well, not after the USO shows anyway! As for the love story, well it’s very subtle. There are hints and flirts throughout the film, but the story doesn’t revolve around it. So breathe easy knowing that it’s not a smooch-fest in costume.

Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, now was there ever any doubt he couldn’t do it? After parts such as V in V for Vendetta and Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy he was an excellent choice for the part. Weaving’s Red Skull is brilliant but greedy, with his own vision of the world and the drive to make that vision come true. So in other words, he’s pretty spot on to the comics.
Agent Red Skull
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As for some of the supporting characters, they were cast and played wonderfully as well. Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) makes it easy to see that Tony a.k.a. Iron Man didn’t fall far from the tree. The Howling Commandos: Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough), Jones (Derek Luke), Morita (Kenneth Choi), Falsworth (JJ Field), and Dernier (Bruno Ricci) were every bit as rambunctious and calculating as they were in the comics. Although you don’t see Nick Fury until the end of the film.There are little things to keep your eye out for throughout the film. For example, at the World’s Fair, you get a brief shot of a man in a glass tube labeled “The Synthetic Man”. It’s the original human torch, though you never get to see him flame up.
There is also a nod to the 1970’s series Captain America starring Reb Brown who was the Captain America that rode the motorcycle and was an artist. There are other such little things tucked away in the film that undoubtedly you’ll all pick up on. Although we’re sure it goes without saying, we’re still going to say it – don’t leave until after the credits.
Avengers Assemble!!!
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Overall a fantastic film that makes Captain America seem much more plausible than past incarnations. Much better than the Roger Corman flick (not that it takes much). Watch it for yourselves and tell us what you think.
The Shield – No, not Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap’s Weapon + Armor
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A Hero to Salute on Memorial Day

29 May
With it being the Memorial Day weekend we thought we at Comic Addicts should salute a hero who is the embodiment of the core values of not just the armed forces, but of what attributes a partiot should have. Many of you must be thinking that we’re referring to Superman, but this particular individual HAS NOT renounced his American Citizenship and never will. Today we’re going to take a good look at Steve Rogers, aka Captain America.
Captain America fist appeared in 1941. A frail Steve Rogers wanted more than anything to join the military and serve his country fighting the Nazi’s. Unfortunately for Rogers he was a 4-F and rejected. So when the chance came to participate in an experimental super soldier program Rogers jumped at it. Even though he knew it could kill him he figured that if nothing else the sciensts would be able to benefit and perfect the syrum. However, the syrum didn’t kill Rogers. Instead it turned him into Captain America. Where once puny 4-F Steve Rogers stood now there was a man who was the peak of human physical perfection. Rogers also learned several forms of martial arts including American boxing making him one of the best combatants on Earth. The only weapon he carries is his vibranium shield. Then he was frozen in the Arctic, but thawed out to become the leader of the Avengers.

Captain America proudly wears the red, white, and blue as he battles threats to democracy and human decency. Although, lets be honest for a moment. Captain America came about as a sort of answer to all of the Nazi Propoganda that was being put out. Captain America was a way to get the kids involved on fighting the Nazi threat. It was amazing that suddenly America had this hero who couldn’t be defeated no matter how hard the Third Reich tried. It was inspiring to think about. However, don’t misconstrue us. Even though he came about as a piece of American propaganda Captain America has proven himself time and again that he is an amazing hero.

Let’s do a little compare and contrast for a little bit. In Superman: Earth One it’s all about how depressed Superman is because he has these amazing powers and he doesn’t know what to do with them on and on. Captain America has to constantly be at the peak of his game because it’s his job to inspire and lead the American forces in WWII. There is a lot on Cap’s shoulders because he is the first and only one of his kind. Not only that, but Cap doesn’t really have any powers. He has enhanced human abilities. So while Cap and Superman my share the title for biggest boyscout and carry the weight of the world on their shoulders Captain America is a mortal man while Superman is a superpowered alien. Imagine being the poster boy of truth, justice, and the American way, but without all of the superpowers. Although the biggest difference between Captain America and Superman (besides superpowers) is that Cap is a soldier trained to kill if necessary while Superman won’t kill pretty much under any circumstance (Doomsday aside of course).

Captain America is one of the few people who can bring down the Hulk. Isn’t that astounding? Hulk may be strong, but he’s not smart. Cap also butts heads with Tony Stark on a regular basis. Tony is a mechanical genuis, but Cap knows when to put him in his place. Having courage like that is admirable. Then again that was one of the attributes that made Steve Rogers appealing for the test was his bravery.

On July 22 Chris Evans takes up the shield in the new movie Captain America: The First Avenger. Believe it or not Cap has been on the big screen before:

Then of course Cap has been on the small screen as well:

So as you celebrate Memorial Day remember to thank the brave men and women who have served in the armed forces. Then after thank Stan Lee for giving us an icon to look up to as he has two feet firmly planted on the ground.

2011: Superheroes on the Screen!

29 Apr
We, at Comic Addicts don’t only review, interview etc. but also keep you abreast with the latest happenings in the comic world and 2011 is the year of superheroes on screen, when comic comes to cinema!

2011 started with Green Hornet which released on January 14. The movie was nice, but sadly not awesome. The next big thing came today, Thor and IT IS AWESOME.

Coming to future releases now, the nearest next release is Priest, based on the Korean comic. The comic’s good, the trailer’s nice and now we have to wait for May 13 to know whether the movie is good or not.

After Priest, we have the Monk himself, Buddha. On May 28, the Osamu Tezuka’s 1980’s work comes to screen, but with disappointments as it is animated, and that too not like the original artwork. I’m just counting this movie in the list as I personally like it a lot.

After Buddha, we have the movie for which everyone is waiting. Marvel’s X-Men: First Class which releases on June 3. The movie is a prequel to the first 3 movies. The movie focuses on the friendship between Charles Xavier and Magneto, before they became enemies. It also includes the Hellfire club, Mystique and a variety of other mutants like Darwin, Havok etc.

Giving tough competition to Marvel in June is DC’s Green Lantern. The special effects are AWESOME and probably the best I’ve ever seen. GL releases 14 days after X-Men i.e. 17 June.

Fear not, Marvel fans! Even if GL defeats X-Men, we have a secret weapon, which till now (after watching the trailer) is far better than Green Lantern and the secret weapon is Captain America: The First Avenger and I don’t think anybody can defeat Cap.

The Barbarian has also rebooted. Conan: The Barbarian comes to screen on August 19.

That’s not all! Coming in 2012 are Ghost Rider: Sprit of Vengeance, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-man and The Dark Knight Rises.

Also in 2011 are Thor: Tales of Asgard, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and Batman: Year One releasing as animated movies.

Lastly, Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine II, G.I.Joe II, Iron Man III, Superman: Reboot are also rumored to release soon.

P.S. We are having a pole going on our page, and it would be nice if you participate too and tell us which is your favorite upcoming superhero movie. Just click here to enter.

Till Then

NadShots : The Ball Busting adventures of Deadpool

18 Nov

Yes that is the newly returned Steve Rogers (Formerly Captain America) Leg… And we already know Deadpool…

Of all the people who would do this to the Merc with a mouth, we never thought Cap would be the one landing the shot !!! I mean its Cap for crying out loud. the living embodiment of Truth , Justice and the American Way!.. We are suitably scandalised by the “Leg of Justice” as we would call it 😉

Though the expression on ‘pool’s face is priceless ….