Captain America: The First Avenger is this week's most ridiculous trailer

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There's an element of slavish worship to any superhero myth, but that's particularly true for Captain America, a WWII-era propaganda comic that took a sickly young man who just really wanted to fight those damn Nazis and made him into the pinnacle of the American ideal -- which is, of course, a 'roided up war-machine in a red-white-and-blue lycra suit. Now, because interminable, ambiguous wars with no clear objective are for pussies, we are privileged to welcome back the Cap'n into our popular consciousness equipped with Adolf Hitler as his foil -- every hero needs a villain, after all, and plus, comic-book-origin flicks are totally hot right now with nostalgic Gen-Xers, all of whom are expected to walk out of theaters and immediately vote Republican.

It's hard to argue that, like pretty much every cinematic effort Marvel has been cranking out for the last decade or so, Captain America: The First Avenger looks like a pretty engaging flick. But it's also hard to argue that it lays on the nationalism pretty thick -- the "new breed of super-soldier" thing actually comes off pretty sinister within the context of the ensuing years of American warfare. But then again, Captain America is not exactly inviting us to consider the context, either.

Where this trailer gets bizarrely fetishistic, though, is right about at its halfway point -- at exactly 1:28, in fact, when our spunky hero emerges from his not-so-subtle cocoon like he just spent the last year at Goldberg's Gym. Did the tech guy just check him out under his shades like he was 2 Live Crew at the beach? Yes, he did, and as we all know, that means only one thing: Captain America is about to start getting all the chicks.

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I came across this site while lookingfor a review of the Caption America movie. I'm not sure how or whyyou went from a movie review to politics. But since you brought itup, you are the problem with America today. It's not because I disagree with your political beliefs, but you are disrespectful to anybody that doesn't agree with you. Somewhere along the line, America got confusedbetween the difference of being respectfully tolerant and shamelesslynot standing up to detractors, haters, and those in our society thatare simply poisonous. My suggestion to you, before you waste yourlife on hating others because they don't agree with you, isto look at yourself and see what you can do to be a better person.


These movies are 7.5 degrees of awesome--if you've never read a comic in your life.

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You nailed the 2 Live Crew at the beach when the guy pulls down his shades, J.F.C.  That was  an automatic "wait for the DVD".

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