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The First Avenger: Captain America

Captain America: Writing Yesterday Today

See what the writers had to say about 'The First Avenger'

"Captain America: The First Avenger" comes home October 25 on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, and from now until then Marvel.com will bring you daily doses of Cap action! Come back every day for new looks behind the scenes of the film, looks back at the stories that inspired Captain America's cinematic adventure, words from the cast and crew and more!

By Zack Zeigler

Next week, "Captain America: The First Avenger" finally comes home to Blu-ray & DVD on October 25, but it's been a long road bringing the film from its first concept stages to Blu-ray. In fact, the film originally had a very different form, in that the original concept for the movie didn’t focus primarily on the 1940s.

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

“We developed a script that took place half in the ‘40s and half in present day, but it felt like both sides were getting the short shrift,” relates Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “In a conversation with [director] Joe [Johnston], he was very much in support of a full period [film]. And because it is an origin story and an initial adventure, it made sense. Frankly, because there are so many other comic book movies out there, we knew that would help the film stand apart as long as we stayed true to the source material and his origin.”

Setting the film in the ‘40s meant they had to create a realistic reimagining of the time, not simply a replica.

“’Raiders [of the Lost Ark]’ was the model that we used,” said director Joe Johnston. “It feels contemporary and fresh, even though it was made 30 years ago. I wanted ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ to feel like that--not made in the ‘40s, but about the ‘40s, made today.”

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

Not only would the movie have to tell the origin of Captain America (Chris Evans), but also the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). That left the writers with a lot to contemplate; they had to tell both characters’ stories in 125 minutes while paving the way for “Marvel's The Avengers” in 2012.

“We had to have continuity,” said writer Christopher Markus. “We couldn’t have a different Cap coming out [in ‘Marvel's The Avengers’] with a different attitude or tendencies.  [Plus], in ‘Marvel's The Avengers,’ Cap has to be the world’s most seasoned soldier and a leader. If you show him [only] have one adventure guys like Iron Man aren’t going to say, ‘Yeah he should lead us--some 22-year old who fought one battle.’ So we had to load into our movie that he’s a seasoned veteran by the end.”

Markus’ writing partner Stephen McFeely added, “We weren’t just telling a one-off story. We had to…leave it baggy enough to go back in case anyone ever wanted to go back to the ‘40s and do another story. That was a challenge.”

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