Those who know have dubbed 2012 the year of the superhero.
What with the advent of Marvel showing off on the silver screen with major blockbusters like Thor and Captain America and other major releases like Cowboys and Aliens, and Green Lantern. If you stayed past the credits- as any respectable film buff should (!!) ;) - you’d know that 2012 will see the first full installment of Avengers the film.
Recently, I’ve been getting into my superhero stories, I can’t lie, I love the action plot.The film was directed by Joe Johnston, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Captain America begins with a few men looking amongst the Arctic deep for investigative work. They happen to stumble on something unimaginable, something that’s been breathing beneath the surface for almost 70 years: Captain America (Chris Evans).
The story then backtracks in time to the mid 1940s, in WW2 Brooklyn, where Steve Rogers, a seriously sickly young man- he has asthma, scarlet fever, heart palpitations, you name it, he’s probably got it- who lacks good health, but doesn’t lack heart.
He becomes embroiled in the latest experimental technological-cum-whatchamacall-it research to become a super soldier. America got a hold of Hydra’s, Nazi Germany’s occult technology division; The latest technology will make him super strong, super strong, super fast and super resistant.
Steve Rogers becomes America’s sharpest propaganda tool, but he wants more. He wants to be on the frontlines. He wants to be a soldier. He wants to die for his country. He attempts to save Bucky, his best friend and in the comics, his teenage sidekick, in the film they’re remarkably the same age.
Hmm- and meets Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving who puts on a very convincing German accent, I might add) the leader of Hydra (Hail Hydra! As his minions seems to chant at every opportunity) face to face. Oh, it’s on.
Steve Rogers sacrifices his life for the woman he loves, Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell who acts well too) and the city of New York before plummeting to his Arctic death. Except he’s not dead, because of his accelerated metabolism, he survived, with the ice preserving his life.
The year is 1944; the radio’s belting out baseball commentary and Steve Rogers is awake. Except something’s amiss. If it’s 1944, then why is the radio playing the wrong game? He breaks out of the room to find that hid whole world has evolved into a monstrous monolith of the capitalist dream. While he slept, New York became the city that never sleeps. Enter Nick Fury, the head of SHIELD, he wants Captain America.
I found the capitalist patriarchy and American dream undertones very interesting, specifically in the face of the Iraqi and Afghan wars and naturally, the war on terror. It’s as if America’s reasserting her position in the world and simultaneously boosting the morale of the American idea, world-over.
Just like Thor, I found the storyline lacking in many places, rushed in others. But not to worry, it’s only because the real Avengers movie, next year, will blow every Marvel comic book superhero (and sidekick) away. The 2011 releases are merely setting the stage for what’s expected to be more thundering than Thor the Thunderer
and mightier than… well, mightier than. I’ll have to get back to you on… oh, mightier than the Hulk, naturally ;).