Fans saw their first glimpse of Captain America: The First Avenger at Marvel Studios panel today at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con.
The teaser trailer opened with lots of red, white, and blue imagery over top old World War II footage of soldiers marching in line and iconic imagery, like Hilter walking in Paris and U.S. soldiers rising the flag at Iwo Jima. The old video footage plays as FDR’s famous “Infamy Speech” is in voiceover.
When the black and white footage ends, we see the Captain America shield symbol, and then Captain America for the first time in a baggy unflattering suit, and finally the shield which is hurdled at the camera to end the clip.
The first glimpse of Captain America’s suit looked much like the prototype sketches that previously leaked online. The “mask” is more akin to something out of the Ultimates version rather than the classic suit that features tiny wings on the head.
However, before people get up in arms about the very unflattering attire, director Joe Johnston clarified that what we saw in the clip was really just thrown together for the purpose of presenting something at Comic-Con.
“Chris hasn’t been in the suit in any footage yet,” and what we saw was a test piece Johnston said. “Just a little snippet from the costume test.”
Chris Evans, who portrays Steve Rogers/Captain America in the film, was chosen for the role because Johnston wanted someone who could be Steve Rogers both before and after the super soldier serum (the substance responsible for giving Captain America his powers, for those who don’t know).
Evans also addressed the large number of people who voiced their concern with him being cast into the part by saying, “To me it’s a movie and I’m going to approach it the same way I do any other project, to make a character come to life. Obviously I’m going to have to navigate questions like that.”
Another clip was shown to the crowd, despite Johnston’s reservations that it wasn’t very polished, since it still had the time code on it.
Takes place in Norway May 1942. Members of the German army knocking down a wall to gain access to what looked like an ancient temple with a sarcophagus in it. Rubble from the wall coming down covered some scholarly people who were already inside. Soldiers then marched into the room and try to open the sarcophagus but can’t, while a very human looking Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving) entered the scene.
The Red Skull questions an old man, who immediately told him that what he’s heard is just a legend. Red Skull goes to the sarcophagus and easily opens it. Inside is a crystal cube, which the Red Skull plucks from the skeletal remains. He says “The jewel of Odin’s treasure room” and then smashes it on the floor, “It’s not something one buries, but I think it is close, yes?” He then walks to a large door, which has the image of a tree carved into it. “Yggdrasil, The Tree of the World, Guardian of Wisdom and fate…” he says, and presses some panels to reveal a container that has the real Cosmic Cube, which is glowing brightly blue.
“You have never seen this, have you?” Red Skull says to the old man, who replies, “It’s not for the eyes of ordinary men.” “Exactly,” says Red Skull.
Weaving did describe the Red Skull “Mask,” calling it “a pretty extraordinary creation” and adding that it was actually a series of lightweight parts that fit onto his face.
Photos by Dave3.