Captain America: The First Avenger

Release date: 29 July 2011
Running time:
124 mins
Joe Johnston
Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Dominic Cooper, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan

It's 1942, and wimpish Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is labelled by the US Army as unfit for service and thus rejected. Determined to help fight the Nazis, Steve volunteers for a top secret project under Colonel Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) where a serum developed by Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci) transforms him into a super-soldier.

Reborn as Captain America, Steve's first test as a shield-slinging superhero is to thwart a Nazi plot involving the sinister HYDRA organisation, led by the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). His courageous allies include Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and the famed Howling Commandos.

Watch out too for engineer Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) - better known to Marvel fans as Iron Man's dad! Rising star Chris Evans played the Human Torch in both Fantastic Four movies - he now steps up into the big league as the iconic Captain America.

Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely   Distributor: Paramount

You should see it because: Stunning 3D action and a vivid period setting bring the first great Marvel superhero to life.

See it if you liked: The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), X-Men: First Class (2011)