Marvel came out swinging with a teaser for Captain America: The First Avenger that used black and white footage from World War II floating behind reds, whites and blues. It’s the kind of footage that would trick my father into believing he was getting a brand new WWII special on the history channel, but those color combos of course belonged to a trademarked shield.
A black silhouette holding said shield drove the Comic-Con crowd here crazy, and with a quick flash, everyone got to see a brief look at a hardened, dark blue costume that looks strong. According to the filmmakers, it was for the costume test, and when they designed it they were attempting to make it authentically something from the time period that could also work for the character as a superhero.
Then, fans at Comic-Con got to see a scene from the film that’s barely in production, and it might silence some doubts by speaking to it in German.
Since Marvel has multiple films coming out with their Avengers, the movie has the opportunity to show the origin story for a beloved character that can be immediately followed up by delving deeper into that character in an ensemble story.
Chris Evans spoke humbly about hoping he could do his best and making the fans proud. He’s only been filming for five days, but he’s already loving the experience and getting comfortable with what he’s got to do.
Those five days of filming were placed on display with a time-coded shot that showed Hugo Weaving’s character busting into a castle -sans his red face – and delivering a slick, snake-like German voice that he claimed was based on listening to Werner Herzog. He finds a secret hiding place in a wall, and a glow from what fans will recognize as a special jewel from Odin’s throne room eminates. It’s an object not meant for ordinary men.
The scene looked fantastic. There’s an Indiana Jones feel here. Nazis. Serial story tone. What we saw was cut together cleanly, and completely captured the imagination. We’ll have to wait until 2011 to see whether the rest of the film can continue the quality.