MCU 1 (well, 2 for us)

We got Disney+; we decided to rewatch the MCU; we decided (after watching Iron Man) to watch in internal chronological order.

Thus, we went back to Captain America: The First Avenger.

This is… not my favourite MCU. It’s fine. It’s a solid war film. And that’s what this is: a WW2 film. It’s Where Eagles Dare without Richard Burton, but with weird ray-guns and a disfigured villain (because that’s such a novel idea; see: every James Bond film ever).

This is actually one of the positives about the MCU. The Powers That Be haven’t insisted that every film have exactly the same feel; Iron Man and this film are very different. And so they should be! They’re telling different stories, and Rogers and Stark are very different men, and so on.

The film is: little guy doesn’t like bullies, undergoes radical transformation, becomes a ripped Chris Evans… manages to stay the virtuous little guy in a buff bod, and punches villains. Don’t get me wrong, I do think Chris Evans is great in this role; as an Australian I can say that he seems to fill a very particular idea of American masculinity (which, ahem, given the period of this film, is remarkably like the Nazi version of Aryan…).

I love Stanley Tucci in the minimal time he’s given; I would watch Tommy Lee Jones in basically anything (fight me if you don’t like Space Cowboys); Hayley Atwell is excellent, of course. And Sebastian Stan is fun, and it does make me excited about re-watching the Winter Soldier stuff. Hugo Weaving is a marvellous scenery-chewing villain, and Toby Jones is also fantastic.

Having seen the rest of the films, this feels like such a prequel in many ways. It sets up Cap’s personality – his quirks, his doggedness, his reasons for the at times holier-than-thou attitudes that so pisses off Stark; and of course, the dedication to Bucky. Which is integral to all that is to come, and the depths of which I had probably forgotten when I watched Winter Soldier last time.

I didn’t love this film, particularly, but it does make me excited for what’s to come.

2 responses

  1. I can say that he seems to fill a very particular idea of American masculinity (which, ahem, given the period of this film, is remarkably like the Nazi version of Aryan…).

    This was intentional! Joe Simon and Jack Kirby were both Jewish, and the idea behind the Captain America character was to create a “stereotypical Aryan” to violently reject Nazi ideologies. The first issue was released just prior to the US joining WWII, and it was… pretty explicitly literally created both to try and drum up support for the war, as well as to de-legitimize the brand of homegrown Nazism that had been pretty intense in the mid- to late-30s.

    1. I figured it was deliberate, but forgot to say so… 😀

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