Dedpool’s Year in Review of 2011’s Comic Book Movies

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Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Movie Image

Captain America

Shockwaves ran throughout the geek community when Chris “Funnyman” Evans was cast as stick in the mud Steve Rogers for “Captain America.” Known more for his comedic and sarcastic roles, it was hard for people to get behind him in the role. The rest of the cast wound up being pretty good, with Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and Stanley Tucci, but folks just weren’t sure of Evans. Shock and awe abounded when the movie hit. “I just don’t like bullies,” Rogers responded when asked about why he wanted to fight Nazis. And with that Steve Rogers truly came to life. The film showcased Evans’ dramatic skills just as much as his action, and he even got to keep a sense of humor. Director Joe Johnston, known for his period superhero flick “The Rocketeer” was a great choice as he really gave the film a timelessness even though it was set during WWII. He said he was going for the feeling that the Indiana Jones films give, where they are set in a specific period, but they just feel timeless. He succeeded. What we got was a good movie and a perfect second lead in to “The Avengers.”

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