We’ve got a big announcement from Marvel to kick things off this week; it seems that they have found a director for their upcoming Captain America movie entitled The First Avenger: Captain America. The man who will be taking on this iconic hero is none other than Steven Spielberg protege Joe Johnston, who is probably best known for directing Jumanji and Jurassic Park III. Producer Kevin Feige was quick to point out, however, that many of his other movies have been good preparation for this project:
“This is a guy who designed the vehicles for Star Wars, who storyboarded the convoy action sequence for Raiders of the Lost Ark… From Rocketeer to October Sky to The Wolfman, you can look at pieces of his movies and see how they lead to this one.”
The Rocketeer, in particular, is the one that seems most relevant to me. As a tribute to the 1930s serials, it would be an ideal template for the feel of The First Avenger since it has been confirmed that it will take place during World War II. Of course, plot details are still a bit thin as they don’t have an actual script written just yet. Captain America will also appear in the modern day Avengers movie which will be released in the latter half of 2011. The First Avenger: Captain America is currently slated for release on May 6, 2011. So what do you think, is this good news? Which of the upcoming Marvel movies are you most excited about?