Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

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Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Out of all the Marvel films I have yet to watch this is the one that has been top of list since Chris Evans/Captain America interested me the most from what I saw in The Avengers.

I was expecting a pretty good origin story since seeing the superhero go through the change and grapple with his new identity is my favourite thing about these films.Β  What I wasn’t expecting (since my knowledge of comic books starts and ends with these films) was this wonderful war-time story complete with epic love story.

I LOVED the Steve Rogers / Peggy Carter dynamic and relationship ❀ …. the way she believed in him right from the start, the flirtation, the jealousy, the “fondue”, “dancing” and “you’re late” running themes, the snatched kiss and tragic last conversation and, above all, the fact that Peggy Carter kicked butt and was pure awesomeness from start to finish.Β  Yes, I am delving fast into my fangirling mode but I just loved these two so much.Β  In fact, halfway through the film I had to pause it and research everything that happens regarding them because I knew a happy ever after wasn’t coming (and in the process of doing so managed to spoil myself re Bucky).

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“She can do everything Captain America can do, but backwards, and in high heels.”

Other thoughts:

β₯ Loved Colonel Phillips and Howard Stark (who I undoubtedly like more than Tony Stark since not wanting to watch the Iron Man films is mainly what has put me off the whole Marvel series)

β₯ Nice seeing Elrond/Agent Smith in a film again (although I have absolutely no interest in superhero baddies and why they are the way the are)

β₯ Steve Rogers pre-experiment was so small and skinny and looked about 12 years-old I had to pause the film (again) to see if that was actually Chris Evans or they just stuck his head on a pre-pubescent body (turns out it’s the wonder of CGI ..)

β₯ Loved the idea that Captain America started out as nothing more than a mascot to rally the country and grew into something much much more

β₯ As well as all of the reasons above, the fact I enjoyed this film so much is that although it’s obviously full of superhero supernatural elements, it was still grounded more in reality than Thor coming from another world or a man turning into a giant green monster like the Hulk.

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