Superhero-of-the-moment Captain America has had a long, fabled career that started in the 1940s.[firstpara] The character, created by Joe Simon (Marvel Comics’ first editor-in-chief) and Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four, X-Men, Hulk), was a comic book maker’s response to the Nazi threat during the era.
And since it’s a universal fact that there are indeed few better ways to represent American pride and nationalism than with a muscular red-blue-and –white-tights-wearing dude, the Cap was a success, becoming one of the best-selling comics in its time.
More than seven decades, and dozens of dead Nazi, communists, fascists comic book villains later, Captain America stands tall and proud.
Now he has a movie out that he’d be proud to brag about with super buds like Spiderman and Ironman.
The movie, titled Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans (he was The Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movie) in the title role, and chronicles the character’s origin from being a scrawny, sickly soldier wanna-be to an all-out butt-kicking superhero.
It is set in World War II where a crazed, power-hungry Nazi, Red Skull, has set his eyes on global domination, and as you expected, only Captain America can stop him.
But as with any career that’s “long and fabled,” the Cap has had a few mishaps along the way too. Here are four of this Marvel Comics’ A-lister’s worst misadventures.
1979 Captain America TV movie
We could all just make fun of the silly biker helmet that Captain America uses in this made-for-TV movie, and call it a day. But that’s not the kookiest thing about it. In the film, before Steve Rogers became Captain America, he was—get this—an artist who likes sketching superhero characters. Fate intervened, Steve got into a horrific accident, and the only way he can be saved was through the use of some untested super-substance. Its side-effect: you become Captain America.
1966 Captain America cartoon
Ok, it’s a cartoon from the 60s, so we’ll give credit where it’s due. It gets Captain America’s origin story right for the most part (puny, nationalistic American tries out dangerous, untested chemical). And the sound effects are well, amusing. But not as amusing as the dialogue! One villain goes: “Identify yourself to my satisfaction or die!”
1990 Captain American movie
From what we’ve seen in the trailer, it looks pretty ok for a superhero movie made in the 90s. Cap’s costume seems decent, and the Red Skull is rightfully frightening. In fact, in conjunction with the new movie, MGM has actually recently re-released this one on DVD. Now, the only problem they might have is choosing what review snippets they’ll put on the DVD cover. They choices are pretty slim: “The movie isn't merely wrong for kids -- it's just all wrong,” and “One of the dumbest movies of all time.”
3 Dev Adam
The first thing you need to know is that this is a Turkish film. Obviously, its filmmakers didn’t bother to check any copyright laws when they decided to go and make a movie about Spider-man, Captain America and a certain wrestler named Santo. Get this: Spider-man is a serial killer, and it’s up to the unlikely partnership between Santo and Captain America to stop a superhero who’s clearly gone mad. Really, that’s all you need to know to figure just how far out the movie is, but if you’re up for it, you can search for the entire movie in Youtube.
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