Entertainment Weekly sent along their newest issue, #1127, which cover-features next year’s Captain America: The First Avenger movie.
Longtime EW go-to comics guy Jeff Jensen writes the article, which looks at the approach to the film and features some good quotes from lead actor Chris Evans, who played the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies, although he looks so different in Cap that I might not have realized it if I hadn’t been told.
The article features some nice photos from the set that indicate to me that the movie is hewing close to the Ultimates version of Captain America’s origin, and that’s fine with me, as the first volume of The Ultimates featured a nuanced and intriguing take on Steve Rogers that was, in retrospect, a high-water moment from the writing career of Mark Millar. I get the feeling this movie will complement the Iron Man movies well, and after learning that Joss Whedon is writing and directing the Avengers movie that will follow Cap (I’m sure everyone but me already knew almost everything in this article that comes as news to me, but I haven’t really been paying attention), I have to admit I’m pretty excited for these next couple of Marvel movies (Thor, not so much).
There’s other comics-related content in the new EW as well, including a roundtable child-actor interview that includes the young woman who played Hit-Girl in the movie adaptation of Kick-Ass, a review of the Walking Dead pilot by the always-good Ken Tucker, and Tucker again on the 40th anniversary Doonesbury hardcover.
Someone this week (I think it was Tom Spurgeon) mentioned how far comics has come in terms of being accepted by the public as just another pop-culture arena, and this Entertainment Weekly issue certainly goes a long way to proving that theory.
— Alan David Doane
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