We’ve known since May that Marvel’s The First Avenger: Captain America will be set in World War II, keeping relatively true to the character’s comic-book origin.
But now comes something a little more concrete, in the form of the movie’s full plot synopsis, from the latest issue of Production Weekly:
“Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment … Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the ‘Super-Soldier Serum’ and bombarded by ‘vita-rays.’ Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.”
FirstShowing’s Alex Billington questions whether the synopsis was simply lifted from a Marvel character database — and that certainly could be the case. But it seems to hit all the right notes, making the arc from Captain America’s 1940s beginnings to his leadership of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Marvel Studios obviously has to make that journey from points A to B rather quickly: The First Avenger: Captain America is set for release on May 6, 2011; The Avengers on July 15, 2011.
No directed is attached to Captain America.