Heads up, Avengers fans. This week's cover of Entertainment Weekly will give us our first look at Chris Evans in costume for his big splash in next year's Captain America: The First Avenger. Well, okay, maybe we did already see this when the initial concept art images hit a number of months back, as well as some blurry (and quite frankly, unflattering) leaked set pics. However, consider this the official reveal of Marvel's super-powered patriot as he looks ready to cut through legions of Nazi troops and shove that star and striped adamantium shield directly up Hitler's Rhineland. (While pulling off a version of "Blue Steel" that would make Derek Zoolander supremely jealous.) So, take a look below the read more link for a glimpse of the new cover and tell us what you think.
Looking at the cover, it's clear that there are no surprises. This is not just because we've seen imagery like this before, but there's nothing here that grabs you in a "wow!" sense, like, for instance, when EW revealed the first look at Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern for their Comic-Con issue. However, I'll reserve complete judgment until the issue hits stands (tomorrow) and we get our look at the rest of the pictures.
Giving us a little taste of the issue's interviews, we see that Chris Evans was actually somewhat reluctant to don the ultra-patriotic mantle of the Avengers' inspirational leader. As some may recall from earlier this year, in the period just after it was announced that Evans was offered the role, he actually took a few days to think it over. While the idea of him being tied down to other commitments was out there, it was still an odd thing, considering that the role of a lifetime for any young actor was just delivered to him on a silver platter, and he seemed, well...reluctant. As Evans explains, it turns out that he was a bit overwhelmed by all of it:
"I was just scared,” he says. “I realized my whole decision making process was fear based, and you never want to make a decision out of fear. I can’t believe was almost too chicken to play Captain America." Adding: "At the time, I remember telling a buddy of mine, ‘If the movie bombs, I’m f—-ed. If the movie hits, I’m f—-ed!’
Directed by Joe Johnston (The Wolfman, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji), the film will cover the origin of Evans' Steve Rogers as a scrawny young man unfit to fight in World War II who volunteers for the secret government initiative which turns him, via the "Super-Soldier Serum" into the enhanced, nearly perfect specimen of a fighting machine. As Captain America, a living symbol of the American spirit, he's sent to the front lines, along with sidekick Bucky (Sebastian Stan) to battle the Nazi forces and the notorious Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) who has evil ambitions beyond the scope of even Hitler. The film hits theaters July 22, 2011.
Source: Entertainment Weekly