I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger this weekend, and I have to say, it was a TON of fun. It comes close, to me, to the first Iron Man as far as quality of the movie. It does lack some small bit of the emotional impact I felt with Iron Man, but Captain America shades more towards adventure and further away from personal intrigue, which is fine.
The movie centers around Steve Rogers, a scrawny, asthmatic orphan who nevertheless wants to join the Army and fight for his country. In his last attempt, he catches the ear of Dr. Abraham Erskine, who recruits Rogers for a secret project led by Tommy Lee Jones’s Col. Phillips to make ‘super-soldiers’.
I won’t go too much deeper into the plot so as not to spoil it if you’ve never read the various Captain America origin stories. Cap ends up leading the charge against the Red Skull and his Nazi off-shoot organization, Hydra. It’s worthwhile to see Thor before this, as there are a few references that you will ‘get’ that you may not otherwise. A friend of mine lamented that Red Skull never seemed to threaten Cap, though I’m not sure about that. They basically are equals in strength and they do have a solid if somewhat short fight in the endgame of the movie. I could see how that could be underwhelming, but it worked for me, especially with what occurs after.
All in all, I had a lot of fun watching The First Avenger. Make sure you stay after the movie, AND after the credits for some more scenes, and a trailer for The Avengers.