In anticipation of the third installment, I've rewatched the previous to Captain America films. The First Avenger gives the origin story of Steve Rogers. The special effects of Chris Evans as a skinny kid trying to get into the army still look a little odd but I gave this film enough suspension of disbelief to go with the flow. The introduction of Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes was subtle and I did not know the comic book storyline at the time so I did not comprehend his significance in later installments.
The first movie gets off to slow start as a lot of back story has to be filled in including Stanley Tucci's character Dr. Erskine, the inventor of the serum that makes Captain America strong, finding Steve and recruiting him to bootcamp. Hayley Atwell and Tommy Lee Jones are Agent Carter and Colonel Phillips respectively who are skeptical at first but convert over when they see his strength. Peggy believes in him a little sooner and gives him his first chance to prove his strength.
This movie delved into the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper, showing off his brilliant mind and inventions. Stark flies the plane that drops Captain America into the woods near the Hydra base. This is where Captain frees the soldiers including the actors Derek Luke, Kenneth Choi, and Neal McDonough. This is also where Captain saves his buddy Bucky and first encounters the Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving, and Dr. Zola, played by Toby Jones.
I always wanted Weaving to return as the Red Skull as his demise left it open that he could have just been transferred across the universe to another location with the Tesseract. Alas the movie did have some cool action scenes but it took a while to get going with musicals and the origin story plus the middle action scene was depicted as a montage that made it go by too quite and hard to watch.
The First Avenger ended the individual superhero movies of the first phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading directly into The Avengers with the appearance of Nick Fury at the end. I liked the first Iron Man movie more but I did think this was an improvement on Thor and Iron Man 2. After the rewatch, I think I'm still a fan and look forward to the next third part tomorrow!