Captain America Updates: The Invaders, Casting, and The Red Skull

A trio of Captain America news for ya today. First up, director Joe Johnston has revealed to CHUD that The Invaders super team will indeed be joining Captain America as he battles the dastardly Nazis in his very own movie, “The First Avenger: Captain America” in 2011. And it won’t be a cameo appearance, either; apparently the costumed team will be showing up for “the entire second half” of the movie, since the first half will no doubt be spent detailing Captain America’s origins as he transforms from a weakling into the perfect soldier that we’ve come to know and love.

The original comic book Invaders roster consisted of Captain America and his sidekick Bucky, the original android Human Torch (not to be confused with the “Fantastic Four’s” wise-cracking Torch), the Torch’s sidekick Toro (back then everyone had a sidekick), and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Later, Brit siblings Union Jack and Spitfire joined the fun, followed by Miss America, Whizzer, the Blazing Skull and the Silver Scorpion.

Speculations abound about what character will comprise The Invaders, who despite the name are the good guys, but it’s probably a certainty that Union Jack, the Brit equivalent of Captain America, will be showing up. Everyone else, though, is up for grabs. Since the object is to sell the movie to International audiences, I’m guessing a lot of the Invaders cast will be “International” in origin. Of course, it’s anybody’s guess if that will be enough to sell a sure-to-be slightly jingoistic movie with the word “America” in the title.

Johnston also tells Collider that the actor playing Steve Rogers aka Cap, who he is currently in search for, will be played by an American, someone between 23 to 32, with most of the shooting taking place in the UK because of the film’s heavy European setting. Meanwhile, AICN reports that The Red Skull will indeed be Captain America’s main enemy in the movie, and this is apparently from the same “The Wolfman” junket that everyone else is getting their Johnston quotes from.

“The First Avenger” has been confirmed as taking place almost entirely during World War II, with possible book-ends in the present where Cap will be thawed out to join the would-be super team “The Avengers”, alongside Thor and Iron Man, among others.

Bucky's shield envy was never as high as when they jumped into a room full of guys with guns.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Putting the Invaders in makes some sense. I’d make the team, Cap and Bucky (With his current black ops actual soldier background), Union Jack, Spitfire, Miss America, and the Whizzer, and maybe the Black Marvel (appeared in th 90′s Spiderman toon in the episodes when the 40′s era heroes showed up with Cap). I can’t see them putting Torch in but possibly a blue framed Toro.

  • Dedpool

    Putting the Invaders in makes some sense. I’d make the team, Cap and Bucky (With his current black ops actual soldier background), Union Jack, Spitfire, Miss America, and the Whizzer, and maybe the Black Marvel (appeared in th 90′s Spiderman toon in the episodes when the 40′s era heroes showed up with Cap). I can’t see them putting Torch in but possibly a blue framed Toro.

  • Romeo Garcia.

    I have to be honest…I not really fan of C.A. becuause i dont see the point of see a guy with no powers,,,I mean we have of course BATMAN and BLADE but both have extraordinary skills but CAPTAIN??…I dont know….I really see to the director come and eat my words!!! I really do!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      Cap actually does have powers. He’s supposed to be the peak of human perfection, which makes him faster, stronger, and tougher than any human alive.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      So the ultimate soldier isn’t cool enough for a film? I mean I’m no Cap Fanboy, but he’s had some cool moments (most have come care of his Ultimates version which is infinitely more badass, and I hope they do a mix of the two) and his leadership and fortitude is udeniable (See the Classic Infinity Guantlet series for proof. The man strode up to Thanos like he was walking up to some street punk). I say if they make him just this ridiculously badass soldlier that is inspiring not just in deeds but in words, and put it in “A Saving Private Ryan” amtosphere this film could be awesome.

  • http://html Romeo Garcia.

    I have to be honest…I not really fan of C.A. becuause i dont see the point of see a guy with no powers,,,I mean we have of course BATMAN and BLADE but both have extraordinary skills but CAPTAIN??…I dont know….I really see to the director come and eat my words!!! I really do!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com Nix

      Cap actually does have powers. He’s supposed to be the peak of human perfection, which makes him faster, stronger, and tougher than any human alive.

    • Dedpool

      So the ultimate soldier isn’t cool enough for a film? I mean I’m no Cap Fanboy, but he’s had some cool moments (most have come care of his Ultimates version which is infinitely more badass, and I hope they do a mix of the two) and his leadership and fortitude is udeniable (See the Classic Infinity Guantlet series for proof. The man strode up to Thanos like he was walking up to some street punk). I say if they make him just this ridiculously badass soldlier that is inspiring not just in deeds but in words, and put it in “A Saving Private Ryan” amtosphere this film could be awesome.

  • ulik

    This is good news, I do want Namor in this film somewhere too. Don’t forget that Cap doesn’t experience fatigue. Like we were talking before Dedpool, I want Bucky to portray himself as a clumsy oaf in the beginning then come in somewhere at the end in all his badassness as a big surprise but Cap doesn’t have time to ask or find out why Bucky is’nt what he thought he was.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      That’d be cool. I didn’t put Namor in simply because I think he could get his own film. But hey there’s always hope. And where you guys been? Nobody’s been on “The Lightningman” board in weeks.
      Cap is what Batman is, except for the no fatigue thing.

  • ulik

    This is good news, I do want Namor in this film somewhere too. Don’t forget that Cap doesn’t experience fatigue. Like we were talking before Dedpool, I want Bucky to portray himself as a clumsy oaf in the beginning then come in somewhere at the end in all his badassness as a big surprise but Cap doesn’t have time to ask or find out why Bucky is’nt what he thought he was.

    • Dedpool

      That’d be cool. I didn’t put Namor in simply because I think he could get his own film. But hey there’s always hope. And where you guys been? Nobody’s been on “The Lightningman” board in weeks.
      Cap is what Batman is, except for the no fatigue thing.

  • j.james

    With the director choosen, i have high hopes for this film. Johnston delivered with Wolfman, and if his talent in that remotely shows up in Cap., then we have a killer film coming. Im def. open to him involving the characters that make up The Invaders, since it seems the story he is going for calls for them to be involved. My only worry is, i hope that the film doesn’t get to over-zelis with characters that it just comes off gaudy and crowded. You can’t just have people poppin up with no cause or reason every 10 minutes. (Unless you can make it work of course,lol)

  • j.james

    With the director choosen, i have high hopes for this film. Johnston delivered with Wolfman, and if his talent in that remotely shows up in Cap., then we have a killer film coming. Im def. open to him involving the characters that make up The Invaders, since it seems the story he is going for calls for them to be involved. My only worry is, i hope that the film doesn’t get to over-zelis with characters that it just comes off gaudy and crowded. You can’t just have people poppin up with no cause or reason every 10 minutes. (Unless you can make it work of course,lol)

  • ulik

    I think a pre-serum Steve Rogers is the best way to go, not a post serum Steve Rogers. It would show that even though the government denies Steve to register because he’s too scrawny and sickly, he decides to get involved and help boost the troop’s moral in any way that he can so he joins the USO to entertain the troops then while doing that he enters considered for project rebirth after the gov fails dozens of times. When it’s discovered that Steve is the only succesful specimen, they still don’t let him enlist because they want to still do more research and don’t want him to get killed even though he demonstrates himself as a tactical and military genius. They gov continues to hold him back until he decides to go AWOL in order to fight. This movie should demonstrate Steve Rogers’ incredible mental capacity as a tactical genius and incredible mental capacity for the art of war starting in High School.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I take it you read that article about him being in the USO and that’s where he gets the costume. LoL. And then you come along and make it better. Dude you are right on the nose with these ideas.

      • ulik

        Yeah, at anothr site somebody said that it was a stupid idea because Steve Rogers was only good at drawing and the serum made him a tactical genius etc. I think that having a pre-serum Steve Rogers only being able to draw will be very boring in the movie, he should have some sort of significant talent to makes up for his physical shortcomings.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

          I think that’s a brilian idea. Show that he’s really good at chess or something in addition to painting. Also he should be damned good on a bike for someone who’s so small.

          • ulik

            Wow that’s amazing!! That’s what I said at the other site, that he should be very good at chess. I said also that being that he comes form a poor family, he tries to pay for his own way through college. While in college, he trie to try out ofr the football team as a kicker but they reject him, but he gives the quarterback some advice on some plays that he drew up and amazingly they use them later taking them to the playoffs. The coach lets Steve join the team as a strategist also implying that he’ll help Steve get a full scholarship. Steve brings the team to the championship but the coach keeps making bad decisions and constantly gets outperformed by Steve’s ideas. The coach feels threatend by Steve and becomes jealous and tries to comvince Seve to tone it down or leave the team, Steve does’nt do it so the coach frames Steve by sticking something in his locker. Steve gets expelled from school and fired from his part-time job. WWII begins and Steve sees the horrors of the war on the news and hurries up to try and enlist but gets rejected. Thats when he decides to at least join the USO.

  • ulik

    I think a pre-serum Steve Rogers is the best way to go, not a post serum Steve Rogers. It would show that even though the government denies Steve to register because he’s too scrawny and sickly, he decides to get involved and help boost the troop’s moral in any way that he can so he joins the USO to entertain the troops then while doing that he enters considered for project rebirth after the gov fails dozens of times. When it’s discovered that Steve is the only succesful specimen, they still don’t let him enlist because they want to still do more research and don’t want him to get killed even though he demonstrates himself as a tactical and military genius. They gov continues to hold him back until he decides to go AWOL in order to fight. This movie should demonstrate Steve Rogers’ incredible mental capacity as a tactical genius and incredible mental capacity for the art of war starting in High School.

    • Dedpool

      I take it you read that article about him being in the USO and that’s where he gets the costume. LoL. And then you come along and make it better. Dude you are right on the nose with these ideas.

      • ulik

        Yeah, at anothr site somebody said that it was a stupid idea because Steve Rogers was only good at drawing and the serum made him a tactical genius etc. I think that having a pre-serum Steve Rogers only being able to draw will be very boring in the movie, he should have some sort of significant talent to makes up for his physical shortcomings.

        • Dedpool

          I think that’s a brilian idea. Show that he’s really good at chess or something in addition to painting. Also he should be damned good on a bike for someone who’s so small.

          • ulik

            Wow that’s amazing!! That’s what I said at the other site, that he should be very good at chess. I said also that being that he comes form a poor family, he tries to pay for his own way through college. While in college, he trie to try out ofr the football team as a kicker but they reject him, but he gives the quarterback some advice on some plays that he drew up and amazingly they use them later taking them to the playoffs. The coach lets Steve join the team as a strategist also implying that he’ll help Steve get a full scholarship. Steve brings the team to the championship but the coach keeps making bad decisions and constantly gets outperformed by Steve’s ideas. The coach feels threatend by Steve and becomes jealous and tries to comvince Seve to tone it down or leave the team, Steve does’nt do it so the coach frames Steve by sticking something in his locker. Steve gets expelled from school and fired from his part-time job. WWII begins and Steve sees the horrors of the war on the news and hurries up to try and enlist but gets rejected. Thats when he decides to at least join the USO.