Marvel has decided to celebrate my birthday this year by using that date to release Captain America: The First Avenger in to theatres in the United States. The Joe Johnston directed, Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, and Derek Luke starring film will be one of a continuing series of films from the Marvel “Avengers” franchise. It joins Kenneth Branagh’s Thor as one of two Marvel films that will help lead up to 2012’s release of The Avengers.
The first official trailer for this inevitable summer blockbuster came online today on YouTube via /Film and it promises everything you would expect from a franchise popcorn film – expensive visual effects, elaborate mise-en-scene, and inappropriately melodramatic performances. I always hold out a pittance of hope when a movie like this gets released because there is always that sliver of a chance that it could turn out like Spider-Man 2 or The Dark Knight and breathe refreshing life into the superhero genre. However, based on the unoriginal font that seems to replicate the style used in trailers for Transformers, I’m sensing this will be a disappointment.
The trailer is not a complete disaster and it does not raise any immediate red flags. Chris Evans looks silly throughout the first half, but as a performer he’s a strong choice for the lead role and should be convincing and even charming as Captain America. It does not seem to attempt too many iconic images like other superhero movie trailers fail so miserably attempting to do. However, there is also nothing remarkable enough about the trailer to convince me that it deserves to be anticipated.
Check out the trailer below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
Captain America: The First Avenger will be in theatres in the U.S. on July 22, 2011.