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The First Avenger: Captain America

The Man Behind Captain America's Shield

More thoughts from Chris Evans on his role as Captain America!

We’re celebrating the July 22 premiere of “Captain America: The First Avenger” with Captain America Month! Enjoy daily doses of new Cap goodness including interviews with the film’s cast and crew as well as some of the biggest creators in the Sentinel of Liberty’s history, retrospectives on our hero’s most memorable Marvel comics and surprises galore! Come back to Marvel.com every day for new Cap Month coverage, and mark your calendars for July 22 to see the Star-Spangled Avenger in action!

By Zack Zeigler

Without Steve Rogers, there'd be no Captain America. Forgetting that is easy sometimes since Cap's one of Marvel's premiere super heroes, but knowing Rogers' backstory is vital info as to why he, of all servicemen, emerges as the world’s first Super Soldier in "Captain America: The First Avenger."

Chris Evans stars in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

"Steve is a guy you [can] relate to,” said Chris Evans, who plays Rogers/Captain America in the movie. "Most super heroes get their powers by accident, or they were born with them. But Steve was chosen because of his moral fiber."

Digging through stacks of comic books gave Evans an understanding of the role, but the emotional connection to his character came from a different source.

"I have a friend who is the best human being I know," Evans told Marvel.com. "He’s an Eagle Scout, does the right thing, and would rather not tell a white lie--he’s just a good man. While the comics are the best source [of] information, on a personal level, that's who I am ripping off."

Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell as Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

The tricky part for Evans and director Joe Johnston was to find a way to take such a grounded guy, someone from World War II, and make him a relevant and believable patriot in today's politically-charged world.

"In the '40s it was clear who the enemy was," said Evans. "It's just not that black and white anymore. [Captain America comic book writer] Ed Brubaker had a great quote. He said, [in] his modern comic books, you have left-wing people who want Captain America to speak out against George Bush and Washington [D.C.], and you have right-wing people who want Captain America in Afghanistan fighting the war. But I can't see him coming down on either side of a situation quickly or easily; he'd weigh the options and listen.”

"Captain America: The First Avenger" will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.  As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Check out the official "Captain America: The First Avenger" teaser site as well as its hub page right here on Marvel.com for the latest on Cap's big screen adventure hitting theaters July 22!

In addition to "Captain America: The First Avenger," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Marvel's The Avengers" on May 4, 2012, and "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013.

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