Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston, 2011) – Rejected by the military service, Steve Rogers finds his second chance in Project Rebirth and takes on his new identity as the all-American superhero.
The young Captain wins us over with a heartfelt origins story, though disappointment abounds in his weak opponent.
Contrary to critics’ belief, Captain America is someone’s favourite. Who wouldn’t root for the underdog to come out on top? Chris Evans embodies the hero with natural credibility, and there is just something genuine about the actor that makes him one of the most likeable Marvel superheroes so far.
The First Avenger marks the debut of the scrawny patriot before his transformation into an all-American icon. We spend much time with the little guy who hates bullies and never stands down from the big fights. Strength in his old-fashioned beliefs far exceed his thin physique, but the earnest fellow has us standing behind him.
When Steve Rogers packs on muscles through a super-soldier project, we cheer heartily at his deserved triumph against odds. In no time, he harnesses his new-found abilities and leaps comfortably to the forefront of action.