The boys over at FirstShowing recently sat on a conference in Cali that was attended by Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, who gave the audience an update on a lot of the studio’s coming “Avengers”-related movies. You can read most of those updates here, but FirstShowing did manage to get more, including further confirmation that “The First Avenger: Captain America” will indeed be set primarily (maybe all of it, even) in World War II, and will feature an appearance by Cap’s sidekick, Bucky.
Feige confirmed that it’s “primarily” a period piece that takes place during WWII. He said they went and looked at Raiders of the Lost Ark, which he says he “didn’t know” was a period piece when he was watching it. They want to make Captain America with the “same level of fun” as that. And in regards to director Joe Johnston, he said that this would be a little bit of The Rocketeer, lots of October Sky, and a little bit of the ship designs that Johnston did for Star Wars, alluding to how this is the perfect movie for him to direct. “It’s the movie his entire career has been leading towards.”
So there you have it. So what does this mean for all those rumors of Will Smith as Captain America? I would say it might put the kibosh on that notion, unless Marvel really wants to go the silly route and have us believe that white soldiers would rally around a black superhero back during WWII.
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