Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Why We Love Cap!

I am a pretty liberal guy. Maybe more socially than fiscally, but I am not a Republican by any means. The only two Republican politicians I really like are John McCain and Abraham Lincoln. (Unless you count Stephen Colbert ) Still, I consider myself a Patriot, I believe in The Constitution and The Founding Fathers (warts and all) who, unlike most of us today, were cultured, well rounded, educated and historically aware ( some, even of their own ethical lapses). I may be a critic, but I love the idea and hope of this country, even when we don't live up to it.

That's why I love Cap. I'm sorry....I mean Captain America. Everyone just calls him 'Cap.' Cap (Steve Rogers)
is just a guy, who at heart believes in the dream. He's not a Republican or Democrat. He doesn't play favorites or hold bias. Although you can't argue that he isn't physically, the blond blue-eyed 'Uberman' that lives in the sick dreams of Neo nazis and White Power terrorists, in actuality he is the antithesis of those ideals.

Cap has always been Marvel Comics heart. He's not the strongest or the most fantastic. He's just a working class kid from the 40's who lived through the horrific scientific 'Super Soldier' program and became an American Icon in World War II. After twenty years trapped in suspended animation, he awoke to a very different world. One where FDR and Churchill's "Vanquishing Evil" idealism was replaced by 'Cold War' greys, assassination and slow decade by decade cynicism.

Cap was so upset by 'Watergate' he even stopped calling himself "Captain America" for awhile, until he decided that he stood not for a political party or government, but for the ideals of true freedom, real opportunity and fair justice. Cap didn't defend antiquated institutions caught red-handed in the cookie jar of corruption, he shed them and became a living symbol of hope.

In the late 80's, Cap dropped the shield, mask and name altogether, because he wouldn't allow the government to dictate to him his missions. This is the Cap I grew up with, a man who saw everyone as important and special and deserving respect. A leader who reached out to all the character's in the Marvel Universe, mutant and human alike. A hero who won Wolverine's respect by going back and saving the captured villains as their headquarters collapsed in 'Secret Wars.' Cap has the respect and authority of the establishment, but he isn't the establishment, he's better than they are...he's incorruptible.

I know that sounds sappy, but I truly hope that the Cap that does finally make it to the screen, is that Cap. If they can get Peter Parker so clear in his complexity, please don't give us a Super Jingo, Uber Military, "Love it Or Leave it!", Rambo Captain America the Super patriot!

We don't need him.

We just need Cap.

Anyway, here's a bit about the Cap movie, that may be coming down the pike. its from a story by DERRIK J. LANG which talks a lot about Cap, but he gets his facts wrong and seems to only know Cap by the colors on his costume. But Movie news is movie news.

Last year, Marvel and Paramount Pictures agreed to team up to distribute a slate of Marvel-produced flicks featuring their characters. Still in development, many questions surrounding Cap's live-action treatment have arisen from flag-waving fans. Would the film be set in the present day? If so, will Captain America battle Iraqi insurgents? Go in search of Osama Bin Laden? Perhaps.

"Without giving too much away, obviously there'll be a little bit of the origin and then we come into our real world," Arad tells asap. "What makes Captain America such a compelling character is that it allows you to judge history so you see where he came from and you see what he stood for."

Although the script by an unnamed writer isn't finished and Arad doesn't anticipate "Captain America" arriving in theaters before 2009, he does have a director and leading man in mind. Of course, he's not declaring the independence of those details just yet.

One of the things our movie is going to deal with is what happened in 60 years," says Arad. "Which world was better? Sixty years ago or now? Within, obviously, a kick-ass plot and all the stuff that you've come to expect from a superhero movie."

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StuffDaddy Update: I was talking to my buddy Rob and he noted that I should put down what I said. Captain America is Marvel's Superman. Not because of how the world perceives the character, but because of how he is revered and looked up to by the other characters. He is the one they all look to when things get rough, not because he sells comics, but because he is respected in the fictional world of Marvel, above all others. He is their Icon. Along those lines I mentioned to Rob that Wolverine is the Marvel Batman, the Antihero. the dark character. (This was during a conversation that mentioned that Cap and Wolvie movies should be treated as big, big franchise films) But while there is truth to Wolverine being Marvel's "Dark Hero" the true Batman comparison is the Black Panther, who I maintain again, should be treated as an "A" level project. If it is, it will deliver. I think he could even take out Bats. Email me if you think I'm wrong!

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