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Quint has the rundown of the new Captain America trailer from the Hero Complex Fest!

Published at: June 13, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST by quint

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my thoughts on the new Captain America trailer, which premiered tonight at the Hero Complex Fest. Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were on-hand to briefly discuss the film before the trailer.

They acknowledged that “ripping off Raiders of the Lost Ark” was their attitude going into this picture. Meaning they wanted that tone, a movie that harkens back to a certain period, and embraces it, but isn’t itself an old fashioned movie.

They also said the key to Steve Rogers was keeping scrawny Steve inside the buff, super-serumed superhero and striking a nice balance of being reverent of the source material and what works on the screen. Apparently you can’t have Captain America caught with a prostitute. Wimps. Wonder if he can photograph his wings and DM them to 21 year old Twitter followers? Is that okay for a national treasure?

The new trailer focused on the character of Steve Rogers, particularly the spirit of scrawny Steve desperate to sign up, feeling like it’s his duty and he’s letting his country down by not getting in.

The best new addition is a scene that happens between Tommy Lee Jones’ Col. Philips and Stanley Tucci’s Dr. Erskine on the grounds of their training camp. Jones says, “When you let a 90 pound athsmatic onto my base, I let it slide” to which Tucci replies, “I am looking for qualities beyond the physical.” A few shots of skinny Steve trying his damnedest through obstacle courses play over this dialogue.

Then Jones grabs a grenade and says, “You win wars with guts,” before pulling the pin and throwing it at the ground of the recruits. The big, tough guys scatter to the four winds, but Steve Rogers jumps on top of it, sure he’s about to be blown to pieces, but wanting to protect his fellow soldiers.

After a tense few seconds nothing happens and Rogers uncurls himself on the ground. “Is this a test?” he asks. Tucci smiles and Jones looks surprised for a beat, then turns to Tucci and says, “He’s still skinny.”

As Erskine prepares Rogers to receive the serum, he warns him not to let it change the man he is; not just a soldier, but a good man.

Post-serum injection, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter tells us a little about Hydra, calling it “the Nazi deep science division.”

The rest of the trailer plays out more in quick cuts, with small moments between Chris Evans and Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark (Evans has some ideas about the uniform, apparently), some voice-over of Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull saying “We are very much alike”, Tommy Lee Jones promoting Evans, a badass shot of Cap and The Howling Commandos running along the top of a moving train in snowy mountains, some Hydra tech, Peggy Carter blasting down a hallway with a machine gun, Cap throwing his shied at camera and a little moment of Skull asking Cap “What makes you so special?” He replies, “Nothin’. I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.”

It’s a great second trailer. I think the first one was cut a little sharper, introduced the world better, but this second trailer is meant to flesh that world out a little before we see the flick.

That moment between Jones and Tucci was classic. Can’t wait to see this one!

That’s not all the news. Robert Downey Jr. made a surprise appearance at the Jon Favreau Q&A in-between Iron Man and Iron Man 2 and talked a little bit about Iron Man 3, The Avengers and some other fun stuff. And yes, since he’s currently filming Avengers stuff he did have the trademark Tony Stark goatee. Look for my wrap-up of that stuff soon!

-Quint
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  • June 13, 2011, 2:49 a.m. CST

    Captain America - FUCK YEAH!

    by RupertG

  • June 13, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    We need a trailer with more action and BIG moments!

    by sonnyfern

    Don't get me wrong, I think the movie is going to be damn good fun, but it just seems like these trailers aren't really selling the movie, especially compared to huge stuff like Transformers 3 and Thor. In those you got these HUGE visuals and giant set pieces, whereas Cap you just got him running around through warehouses. Again, I have nothing wrong with this, I think it's a welcome change, but are audiences going to be interested in this if they don't start upping the ante a bit?

  • But by turns also really really scared.

  • June 13, 2011, 3 a.m. CST

    sonny

    by Quint

    You might be right, but I think the studio is banking on hooking people on Evans himself. Both trailers seem to focus on him being extremely likable and sympathetic. Don't get me wrong, there were some big shots of Hydra tech, including a giant bomber plane and a Two Towers like massive line-up of the Hydra army, but those certainly weren't the scenes they focused on. I think the flick looks good. Eager to see the full thing.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:04 a.m. CST

    God Damn It! When is AICN Tech Division...

    by HEADGEEK

    installing the wet tech, so I can just plug in to experience this cool shit all BRAINSCAN style!

  • June 13, 2011, 3:09 a.m. CST

    Ha!

    by Quint

    You're going to flip for this new trailer. Love the spat between Tucci and Jones.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:12 a.m. CST

    I really want to be excited for this, but I'm having trouble...

    by Sardonic

    Joe Johnston has a pretty awful track record. Then again, track record isn't everything. Hopefully it turns out good, by all means I want it to. I guess I'm just going to remain cautiously optimistic for now.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Honestly....

    by Mumbo

    Fuck America. And the atrocities/cowardice of its actions in the second world war. Can't believe people fall for this propaganda bullshit. Home of the Brave??? HAHAHAHAAAaaaaaa Tell that to the Japanese.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:18 a.m. CST

    psycho_rat_attack

    by Come_ON

    You're right, the Japanese probably would have some good pointers on atrocities. Sure, it's a war they helped start and all, but that's ok since they aren't America.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Oh here we go...

    by JonRD463

    I'm honestly surprised the lunatic fringe waited so long w/r/t this movie.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this!

    by tomandshell

    Everything I see and hear about it makes me more excited.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:38 a.m. CST

    I cant wait for the sequel.Captain America in the Vietnam War

    by KilliK

    oh wait..

  • June 13, 2011, 3:42 a.m. CST

    the scene between Jones & Tucci sounds great

    by hegele

    i would watch a movie just about these two... or a sitcom... roommates in a WW2 training camp, the compassionate scientist and the hard ass general.

  • June 13, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Actually the Japanese have done a lot of attrocities

    by KilliK

    in WW2. there are several movies about the experiments they did on prisoners,which make Mengele look like a student on a Sunday school.

  • June 13, 2011, 4 a.m. CST

    psycho_rat_bastard

    by theKRELL

    The only thing your post proves, is your ignorance! Oh the Japanese were so very 'honorable'. But I guess, in your family stupidity is inherited . . . your 'father', being the progenitor of your sad, sorry ass, was too illiterate to wear a condom, or at least, for the sake of the rest of the world . . . PULL OUT in a timely manner! Honestly!!!

  • June 13, 2011, 4:43 a.m. CST

    Oh dear

    by cushing1967

    The inevitable use of a superhero film set during WWII to attack America... Check out Japanese War Crimes - estimated between 3000 000 and 10 000 000 people murdered - mostly civilians but also many prisoners of war. Medical experimentation - vivisection without anaesthetics etc. Chemical and Biological warfare. Look at the three all policy implemented between 42 and 45 - "Kill All, Burn All, and Loot All." Which resulted in an estimated death of nearly 3 million Chinese Civilians. Check out the Rape on Nanking where thousands of civilians and unarmed soldiers were murdered and tens of thousands of women were raped. Seriously, if you are going to be anti-American then don't be so narrow and say 'oh, poor Japanese' or whatever. It makes your argument look like a pointless one.

  • June 13, 2011, 4:44 a.m. CST

    luara ziskin...

    by emeraldboy

    has died at the age 61.

  • June 13, 2011, 5:30 a.m. CST

    R.I.P Laura Ziskin.

    by blackflowerX

  • June 13, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    One thing about these Marvel movies

    by DOGSOUP

    They take characters I never really had a whole lot of interest in and make me excited to see them on the big screen.

  • June 13, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST

    CA Previews

    by SHADOWPRIME

    Forget the trolls; don't take the bait. No sane person is going to argue America was a villain in WW2, so anyone offering that here is either a troll or a nut. Ignore 'em! I do wish the Cap previews brought a bit more of the 'wow factor' into play. I like what I've seen and I don't expect Transformers/Thor-style buildings collapsing, big explosions, etc....but the previews do seem, to me, a bit low-key. I'd like to see something with more energy, more zip, a bit more dramatic payoff. Shadow

  • WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!! omg couldn't be more wrong. Thank you hollywood. and to the person that wanted more big moments (lol like Thor lol) sorry pal this is Marvel Studios.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Just read the description of the trailer...kinda wish I hadn't..

    by Righteous Brother

    They just give away, way too much in trailers these days.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    I like the idea of "scrawny" inside Buff

    by Hipshot

    Comic books are pretty purely WYSIWYG. But actors act the subtext. Cap never had much of that--he was the pure embodiment of American will and patriotism. Great for a comic book, bad for a movie. By going with the "scrawny inside buff" they give the actor something meaty to work with, amid the heroics. Psychologically it makes total sense--you don't change psychologically just because your outer circumstances change, especially when the change happens THAT fast. Something called the "Imposter Syndrome" can kick in ferociously. It's destroyed more fast-rising media stars and lottery winners than you might believe. This is very, very cool.

  • June 13, 2011, 7:59 a.m. CST

    psycho_rat_attack...

    by NightArrows

    Die in a fire. Nuff said.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    hipshot i agree with you

    by KilliK

    that was one of the main grips i had with Cap's character.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Where's the action?

    by DannyOcean01

    Got to agree with the above poster when it comes to the action. Keep seeing the same locations and small moments, but nothing that suggests a major setpiece. Know it's easy to dismiss the shield as a goofball weapon, but anyone's who's read the comics, esp the recent Brubaker stuff can see a lot of potential there. Worried we'll get a lot of shoddy ass wire stuff, instead of a mix of hand to hand and using the shield as a surprise offensive (bouncing off multiple goons) before catching it and using it as a defensive weapon. Forgive the geeky moment, but there's a chance to do some unique action sequences here.

  • June 13, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Sounds like it's everything I wanted it to be. Awesome.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • June 13, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I'd prefer they save the action sequences as a surpirse

    by Nerd Rage

    but hook you in with emotional tidbits. With a movie like Bayformers 3 all they have to offer is mindless action money shots so that's what you get in the trailers. But a movie like Captain America offers more, so they can save some of the action for the movie going experience.

  • June 13, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I'm definitely going to be fighting back tears in this one

    by T 1000 xp professional

    The jumping on the grenade sounded golden. Excited is an understatement. It looks like they nailed one the hardest heroes to adapt on screen. yayyyyyyyyy

  • June 13, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    what makes a film great...

    by solitaire

    ...to me, at least, is if I walk out and not only was I entertained, but I feel if I had made it, I wouldn't have changed a thing - from lighting to casting. That happens very rarely for me, Raiders and Jaws being good examples...but so far, I am getting a really good vibe from this. I always felt that for a Cap movie to work, you have to have it take place during WW2 - leave the man out of time for the avengers movie...hell, start it with them finding him. They have gone the right way with this, making it an old school movie serial adventure. Honestly, the only thing that bugs me is Jones - not his performance, he is perfect, but his attitude towards the film, which according to most interviews seems luke warm at best, totally dismissive at worst. Well shit Tommy, it's not like this is a gem like Batman Forever or anything to be PROUD of.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Who wants all the action spoiled?

    by whatevillurks

    I like how we have just seen glimpses of scenes that should cause an absolute geek out in the theatre. Such as Union Jack taking out APC's with the HYDRA laser tank and Cap hanging to a HYDRA fighter while the pilot try's to dump him.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    @dogsoup i agree with you

    by sunwukong86

    I could give two shits about the comic book version of Iron Man. The movies gave him a personality, mostly due to Downey Jr.

  • June 13, 2011, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Iron Man

    by SHADOWPRIME

    Hmmmm. Well, I thought IRON MAN was a pretty good movie, with a good 'human story' driving it- but that didn't mean the previews still offered up a sense of excitement, of scope, of something 'big'. Granted, Captain America doesn't fly, doesn't shoot repulsor rays or bench-press tanks - but then again, neither does Indiana Jones. Just saying that while I like what I have seen so far, the previews, for me, haven't had a 'wow' quotient to them. Doesn't mean the movie won't be great- simply commenting on the tone and construction of the previews.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:03 p.m. CST

    who says what now?

    by durhay

    I think the grenade scene was transcribed incorrectly.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Read about the Japanese massacre of Nanking.

    by cookylamoo

    They did things to women that would make a Nazi throw up.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    bibleman you're right on

    by Andrew Coleman

    Couldn't agree more. I don't exactly get how people saying they want to see more action and what not. They are probably the same people who complain that trailers show too much.

  • June 13, 2011, 12:45 p.m. CST

    As a man sick of supehero movies

    by Continentalop

    Captain America is fast becoming the one I want to see (I'm in the minority here and think Thor was a huge disappointment). And glad to hear they mentioned the term "Nazis" in the trailer Now, just confirm they have a shot of a swastika and we are in business.

  • June 13, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I might explode from the awesomeness of this film.

    by Saracen1

    Nazi's? Check. WWII? Check. Red Skull? Check. I really can't fucking wait.

  • June 13, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    what makes you so special?

    by CT1

    I'm not wearing hockey pads

  • X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is definitely the one to beat (great story and emotional subtext w/ Xavier and Eric), though I'd rate THOR about equal with IRON MAN just for the fun and spectacle of it. </p> <p> I love GL, but I think the casting of Ryan Reynolds and the giant monster movie use of Paralax are huge mistakes.</p> <p> CAPTAIN AMERICA is just leaving me cold. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but I just have zero anticipation for this movie.

  • I saw the poster on a friend's facebook page. First looks at Hawkeye, Ruffalo's Hulk, and Cap in his 21st century costume.

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