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The First Avenger: Captain America

Kevin Feige on The First Avenger's Roots

See what Marvel Studios President has to say about Cap's cinematic outing!

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

Dominic Cooper stars as Howard Stark in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

Since 2008's "Iron Man," Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and his team have ensured that each super hero film they release subtly ties into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the countless times Feige has reminded us that all Marvel movies must stand on their own, as he reiterated when we spoke with him about "Captain America: The First Avenger," audiences have and will continue to search for crossovers.

And while we all wait for the gimmes, the teaser scenes that run after the credits roll, there are other ties that bind the films together which are carefully woven through clever dialogue or background prop placement. Things like S.H.I.E.L.D director Nick Fury talking about problems in the southwest region ("Thor"), or an unfinished Captain America shield used as a level in "Iron Man 2." Alone, they don’t seem like much. Sewn together, they create the fabric of an attentive screenwriting and production team that will culminate in 2012 with "Marvel's The Avengers.”

However, before that, "Captain America: The First Avenger" will fill in even more gaps…and bring up even more questions.

Hugo Weaving stars as the Red Skull in "Captain America: The First Avenger"

"This is where it all starts," said Feige."There are a number of things that were retconned over the years, like Howard Stark's participation around that same program that they did in the [comic] books, decades later, so it was almost laid out for us. We've tied in Skull's MacGuffin and given it a cosmic, so to speak, origin, that you don't necessarily learn in this film, but again most of that is right out of the [comic] books."

Still, at its core, the film is about Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a skinny outcast too weak to serve his country who then becomes someone too powerful not to. Expect the film to mix fun, action, and humor--within reason. The story isn’t a farce and was drafted both to appease hardcore fans and attract newcomers to the genre and character.

"I wouldn't say [the script] is overly earnest…or overly jokey," Feige added. "There [are] some humorous moments in there, but this isn't Chris Evans being Mister One-Line. The script has humorous moments [and] has fun where appropriate."

"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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