Monday, April 12, 2010

Captain America, Star Wars comedy, and gaming videos

First I wanted to mention a couple news items--not particularly new news at this point, just things I've been sitting on for a week or two.

Chris Evans has been cast as Captain America for the upcoming movie The First Avenger: Captain America (Variety). I like Chris Evans (Push has a special place in my heart). There are some understandable concerns that he's too young for the part (currently 28), and I'm concerned about the fact that he recently (three years ago) played another Marvel superhero, Human Torch, in the Fantastic 4 movies. I guess that incarnation of the franchise is dead enough that they aren't worrying about the double-role coming back to haunt them. Anyway, the casting is a big deal because it probably isn't just going to be the one movie, but also at least the planned Avenger movie (he'll seem so young alongside Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark). We'll see how it all develops.

>Update: I just noticed that I failed to mention that the article I linked to says that Hugo Weaving will be playing villain Red Skull. That's pretty cool.

Lucasfilm animation is currently working on a Star Wars cartoon comedy TV series (Variety). With the memory of Jar Jar still strong, I question the place of comedy in the Star Wars franchise... But I understand that the Clone Wars TV show has been pretty good, so maybe they can do something good with this comedy show. Maybe. I'll have to see it to believe it.

Second, I came across a few video game-related videos on that had me laughing that I thought I'd share:

Obama and video game health care bill
1-ups for everyone!

The video game Bosses' lament
You all attack one at a time? What are you thinking?

The Legend of Link's Distractions
I'll save the world...after I catch some more fish. (Though I always wondered why people counting on you to save their lives charged you so much for armor and weapons. Seriously.)


Kara said...

I'm not going to lie, I'm worried about Chris Evans as Captain. I'm not a huge fan, but it's better than GIJoe Channing Tatum.

Eleni said...

I just wonder whether he's appropriate for the role, though since I haven't actually ever read a Captain America comic, I'm not a good judge of that.

And yes, they could have done worse.

Andhari said...

I love Chris Evans, I'm sure he'll play the role awesomely. Remember people doubting Chris Pine for Captain Kirk role and he turns out to be AMAZING?

Eleni said...

That's true. Chris Pine did that so well, capturing the essence of Kirk but without impersonating the original.

And Chris Hemsworth, who played Kirk Sr. in that movie, will be playing Thor in his own Marvel superhero movie.

And Chris Evans being young for Captain America may be explained if the movie is an origin story, who knows?

It's all about the Chrises!

Angel said...

Someone else briefly mentioned the idea that it may be an origin movie. From everything I've read that's exactly what it's going to be. Because of this I don't think his age is any problem at all. That being said, I'm still a bit worried about the casting. His acting in Fantastic Four left a lot to be desired.

Eleni said...

I haven't seen Fantastic Four myself, but I heard he wasn't that bad--though maybe anyone doesn't seem that bad next to Jessica Alba.

An origin movie is all well and good, but how will it affect the group dynamic for the Avengers movie?