It took twenty-one years for anybody to attempt to make another Captain America film after the first one had been a bit of a disappointment. This big budget blockbuster promised to deliver where the other one fell short and was part of an on-going series of intertwined films released by the Marvel comics universe.
The 1990 film concentrated on Captain America as a pre made concept, that already existed and did not go into detail in terms of how Captain America came to be, whereas in the First avenger there was much more emphasis on this. Although the films were similar in the fact that the Captain fought against the red skull in both of them, they had slightly different approaches. The 2011 film concentrated more heavily on conflicts in world war II, the 1990 film looked more at what happened when the Captain woke up from his frozen slumber.
The film has a star studded cast, with Chris Evans playing the Captain, both before and after the transformation, similar to the first film. This big budget Hollywood blockbuster made use of the green screen in order to make a skinny Chris Evans more life like and realistic, without the actor having to go through ridiculous diets. Samuel L. Jackson also plays a role in the film, as well as Hugo Weaving, who plays the red skull. Other appearances of note come from Tommy Lee Jones and Haley Atwell.
The film tells the viewer a bit more about why Captain America was so effective, because he was completely unique, after the creator of the super soldier serum is killed by an agent of HYDRA, the Nazi’s research department. It also then tells the story of how the Captain starts off as nothing more than a propaganda tool and shows how the poster boy then finds himself on the front line of the army, battling the Nazi’s. The sudden shift from a propaganda tool, to a fierce warrior who charges into battle is sparked when the Captain learns that his best friend, who was never rejected from the army, like the Captain was at first has been captured and he tries to save him. The film ends when the captain wakes up in the modern world and shows him starting to train and get ready for any more fights that he may have to face in his unfamiliar surroundings.