Page to Screen: Captain America — The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
based on a story by Ed Brubaker and characters by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

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On May 6th, 2016, Captain America 3 (No Sleep Till Stalingrad, one presumes) will open opposite Batman Vs. Superman (Grimdark: The Movie, one presumes). This is not so much the two titans of the comic book world taking their eternal battle to the silver screen as much as it is Marvel asking DC and Warner Brothers if they want to see a pencil disappear. As Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to a close—we’ve only got Guardians of the Galaxy later this year and then its onto phase capper Avengers: Age of Ultron—the success of Marvel Studios (especially now that it’s in the hands of Disney) is envied and unparalleled. DC and Warner Brothers aren’t the only ones attempting to mimic the formula (although they are the only studio hilariously doing it backwards); Sony Pictures wants to do one Spiderman film a year and Fox’s The Wolverine may be the first in a line of films featuring single mutants. (X-Men Origins: Wolverine need not apply.)

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Page to Screen: Captain America — The First Avenger (2011)

Captain America: The First Avenger
based on characters by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

I’ve been excited for Captain America: The First Avenger since the first teaser trailer came out. Which surprised me because, while I’m growing ever fonder of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I’ve never been a big fan of Cap in the comics. But the setting and the casting drew me in until I was waiting fervently for trailers and patiently avoiding as many spoilers as humanly possible in order to stave off overhyping myself. And now I’m completely sucked into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And it’s a beautiful thing. 

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