|Courtesy of EW.com|
But the good news is that it takes place between his origin and an event near the end of WWII that enables him to join Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, War Machine and the rest of Nick Fury’s “Superhero boy band” The Avengers in the present. It seems silly treating something that’s been in the public domain for around 50 years as a spoiler, but most people only know these characters through their movies, so I won’t ruin the end of Captain America for you. So the benefit of having the movie cover a 3 or 4 year time period is that as well as having a Captain America in the present you have years worth of WWII set stories to tell as well. Either by having future films set in 2 time periods, the present with jumps to the past, Godfather Pt II style, or set entirely in WWII. It is yet another thing that distinguishes Captain America: The First Avenger from other super hero movies and gives the lie to the oft spouted rubbish that somehow 5 or 7 super hero movies, out of over 130 movies, a year is too much.