The world loves superhero movies. For every release, it seems that audiences canâ€™t wait to see the next superhero flick. And see it you will. Because if thereâ€™s one thing that people love more than the average movie, itâ€™s Harry Potter. But now that Harry Potterâ€™s done, you have time for more superhero movies! Yay! But, if youâ€™re anything like the rest of the worldâ€™s population, based on sales, you probably donâ€™t read a lot of comics and you might be a little confused by the convoluted plot lines and science fiction elements you see in these films. It may be a little tough for the average moviegoer, but thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here!
So, in honor of this weekâ€™s Captain America: The First Avenger, Iâ€™m going to take the time to sit down with each and every one of you in a feature I like to call Captain America 101 to discuss some of the characters and terminology that youâ€™ll be seeing in this weekendâ€™s #1 movie, that is, unless the world decides to see Harry Potter again, but I digress.
Letâ€™s get to it, soldier!
Whether itâ€™s the Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage, Law-Enforcement Division, the Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate, or the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Directorate, one thing remains the same, S.H.I.E.L.D. is the government force within the Marvel Universe that hides behind the scenes and protects the country from Super Crime. Led by the dominating Nick Fury, who weâ€™ll get to later, S.H.I.E.L.D. will keep the U.S. safe.
In comics, HYDRA doesnâ€™t stand for anything except for global terrorism. Based on the mythical Hydra, if you cut off one head, two more will grow in its place. It just so happens, thatâ€™s also the motto of the top secret terror organization. In the Captain America movie, however, theyâ€™re basically Nazis. HYDRA has been in plenty of shady situations, but in comics, the Nazis were the Nazis. Nothing is as bad as the Nazis. But movie Marvel U is obviously going to be different. So, when you go see this movie, remember HYDRA = NAZIS. Think about that when youâ€™re buying merchandise or going to Baskin Robbins.
Super Soldier Serum
The next level of performance enhancing drugs. In 2011, Steve Rogers could never play professional sports. But if he wanted to work some indie wrestling shows, heâ€™d be the toast of the town!
A clothing accessory that covers the bald spot on your head.
Steve freakinâ€™ Rogers, ladies and gentlemen. Heâ€™s the man, the myth, the legend of Marvel Comics. Back in the 1940s in the war against true evil, Steve Rogers was Americaâ€™s gleaming beacon of hope in a dark world. He was the inspiration for countless imaginary soldiers who decided to stop whining and fight for their freedom. Once a scrawny kid from Brooklyn, Rogers made his way through the U.S. Armed Forces by way of his heart. His physical attributes led him nowhere until he was introduced to the world of experimental pharmaceuticals. With a little help from the U.S. Government, Steve Rogers was enhanced by the Super Soldier Serum. Heâ€™s the hero of this story, so if youâ€™re looking for The Nomad or some knockoff like Grant Gardner, well soldier, youâ€™re going to be sorely mistaken when you go see this one.
A freedom fighter with the French Resistance during World War II, and she was a top notch bad ass. She fought the evil Nazis on her own without the help of drugs, and even inspired her yet-to-be-born niece, Sharon, to become a bad ass in her own right. Her niece ultimately becomes a member of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the rough and tough Agent 13, but in this movie, Iâ€™m willing to bet Peggy is going to be the object of Capâ€™s affection. Because this is a movie. Movie aside, sheâ€™s awesome.
James Buchanan â€œBuckyâ€ Barnes
Captain Americaâ€™s partner. Heâ€™s the gun-toting Robin to Steve Rogersâ€™ shield toting Batman. In the comics, Buckyâ€™s determination surpassed World War IIâ€™s age restrictions. He became the symbol for young America to combat the evil Hitler youth. Heâ€™s ultra-skilled in breaking through enemy lines and assassinating evil, but donâ€™t get too attached to Bucky. If the comics are any indication of his fate, Bucky will probably die and come back to life 47 times before The Avengers comes out in 2012.
Johann Schmidt/Red Skull
Heâ€™s one of the Nazi Partyâ€™s answer to superheroics. Heâ€™s super evil and is one of the ultimate forces within the Axis Powers. He wants nothing more than to erase the world of anyone he deems unfit. Heâ€™s simply and truly evil. I mean, heâ€™s even killed dogs! This guy is straight up bad news, folks. And look at his no skinned bloody face! Thatâ€™s gross! Evil! Evil! Evil! Heâ€™s a Nazi! Stop him! How else are you supposed to react to a Nazi?
Heâ€™s got one eye and leads S.H.I.E.L.D. to victory. Every time.
Iron Man/Tony Stark
I donâ€™t even think heâ€™s even in this movie, but look at that dude! Pimpinâ€™ ainâ€™t easy, Tony.