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How will “Captain America” tie in to modern Marvel adventures?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s in interesting dilemma: How will Joe Johnston’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” be able to tie into its Marvel movie brethren – like “Iron Man,” “Thor” and “The Incredible Hulk” – given that they are set in modern times and Johnston’s Cap adventure plans to tell the hero’s origins … in the 1940s!

A superhero Web site, Comic Book Movie, cut to the chase when they asked Johnston how the movie would link to its present-day counterparts.

Says Johnston:

There are links between all the MARVEL films, mostly ones that only the fans will pick up on. We have several subtle references to certain elements in THOR, but since CAPTAIN AMERICA is a period picture taking place in the 40’s, there are fewer opportunities for contemporary links to the rest of the MARVEL universe. We can, however, create events in our story that will be paid off in AVENGERS and other MARVEL pictures.

Latino Review even weighs in on a few other ways they can tie “Captain America” back to the existing Marvel movies, like the Super-Soldier serum that gives our hero (played by Chris Evans) his powers, and the fact that Cap will be frozen in ice at some point, to be thawed out later and promoted to the head of The Avengers.

Whew. A lot of stuff needs to happen between now and “The Avengers” in 2012. I sure don’t envy Joss Whedon, but I’m thrilled for Marvel fans everywhere that they are (and I am) getting a chance to see this play out.

“Captain America” is filming now. It will open in theaters on July 22, 2011.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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