Marvel has reported the leading cast to Captain America: The First Avenger, set to release in July 2011.
Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) will play Captain America, Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) will portray Cap’s sidekick Bucky, and Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) will fill the shoes of Cap’s love interest, Peggy Carter.
As a Marvel fan, I’m a bit annoyed that Evans, who was brilliant as the immature and mischievous Human Torch, is now Captain America. Marvel is a universe, and it should feel like one on the big screen as much as the comics. By recasting the same faces into different costumes they’re de-authenticating the validity of the universe, and this could get even more complicated after the Avengers movie, if they want to continue incorporating past heroes into new films. And as I’ve discussed with other fans on their blogs, I’m not sure if Evans can hold a candle to Downey Jr and Norton Jr in the Avengers movie.
But on the other hand, as a female fan, I really can’t complain. I think all us ladies remember our favorite part of Fantastic Four:
Like I said, I can’t complain.
So on the whole, am I looking forward to the Cap movie? Probably, as it gets closer. Joss Whedon is most likely rewriting it, which is a definite plus, and I’m looking forward to a different kind of movie–one that takes place during WWII, and will therefore be much darker and grittier than the sleek, technology-happy flicks we’ve seen so far. And Evans sure deserves a movie that doesn’t flop.