Read my review below!
At the end of Thor, we’re given an end credit scene were a glowing blue box is introduced by Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) who describes it as a source of unlimited power. If you were like me, you might be thinking to yourself “what the hell is that, did I miss something”? The answer is no, you didn’t miss anything. The introduction of this box was meant to be a tease for the next addition of the MCU, Captain America: The First Avenger.
So the blue box is called the Tesseract which (like Fury said) is basically a source of unlimited power. At one point it belonged to Odin (Thor and Loki’s father), but for one reason or another ended up on earth. A subdivision of the Nazi’s called Hydra (whose leader is Johann Schmidt, aka The Red Skull) get a hold of the Tesseract with the purpose of using it to create weapons to take over the world (I know, very original). Anyway back in New York, skinny Brooklyn kid Steve Rogers desperately tries to join the army, but is constantly turned down until a scientist named Abraham Erskine chooses Rogers to be apart of a secret super soldier program. A serum is injected in Rogers, and works without issue (well it worked fine, but then a member of Hydra kills Erskine, and destroys his work) and Rogers is transformed into Captain America, the first, and last super soldier (or is he?). At first Steve is used by the government to sell war bonds, but eventually Rogers forces his way into combat after discovering that his best friend Bucky and his platoon have been captured by Hydra. After rescuing Bucky, Steve forms a task force with the purpose of destroying Hydra bases that are creating weapons using the Tesseract. While the task force is very successful in taking out Hydra bases, Bucky is killed during one of the missions after falling off a moving train.
After discovering that The Red Skull is trying to destroy the world by dropping bombs (created using the Tesseract) all over the world, Rogers is able to stop and kill The Red Skull. Unfortunately after The Red Skull is killed, Steve is forced to pilot the plane that The Red Skull was using, and is forced to make an emergency landing in the Arctic to avoid any civilian deaths. By crashing the plane in the Arctic, Rogers is frozen, and is eventually discovered almost 70 years later by S.H.I.E.L.D. who are able to revive Rogers.
This is a fun movie, but I do have some problems with it. I find many of the characters to be very over the top. The Red Skull for example is a very generic villain, whose purpose is to take over the world. I also find Steve Rogers to be a bit bland at times since his whole purpose is to fight for truth, justice, and the American way (Although I might be confusing him for another American patriot who dresses us in red, white, and blue). That being said, the inclusion of a young Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s father) was a welcome addition to this movie, and Tommy Lee Jones’ character Colonel Chester Phillips was another great character. One final point I’ll make. While this is a fun movie that’s worth your time, I can understand why so many people forget about this movie. Following The Avengers, The Captain America franchise would produce two sequels, The Winter Soldier and Civil War which in many people’s opinions are both far superior to this movie. Once again, that’s not to say this movie is worth your time, but it’s understandable how this fairly average movie has been largely overshadowed by its two sequels.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10