Super Soldier — ‘Captain America: First Avenger’ Poster Released

Just two days before superhero movie’s first trailer debuts on the Super Bowl, Marvel and Paramount give first look at film’s poster.

Just two days before America and the world gets a look at the first real trailer for “Captain America: First Avenger” on Sunday’s Super Bowl, Marvel released the first official poster for the movie Friday.

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Gritty and dark, the poster for the 3D superhero movie, out July 22, shows the super soldier, played by Chris Evans, with his mask off and in a pose more common to mourning that triumph. Unlike photos from the movie that have been released recently, what is clearly front and center in the new poster is the word “Avenge” and that iconic shield.

Highly anticipated by fanboys, “Captain America,” whose title Marvel and Paramount Pictures changed to “The First Avenger” in Russia, Ukraine and South Korea for what they are calling consumer awareness, is but one in a series of superhero flicks hitting the big screen this year.

Along with the World War II story of Capt. America, Marvel also has the Kenneth Branagh-directed “Thor,” which comes out in 3D on May 6, and DC/ Warner Bros.’ has “Green Lantern,” which also comes out in 3D but on June 17.

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The trio set the stage for an even bigger clash of the comic brands in 2012.

There’s mega-franchising star powered Joss Whedon-directed “Avengers,” starring Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth of “Thor” and “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr. and many more, out on May 12.  Christian Bale, a frontrunner this year for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “The Fighter,” and director Christopher Nolan back for the third time as Gotham’s guardian in “The Dark Knight Rises.” The Batman sequel is scheduled to start filming in May 2011 and cone out on July 20, 2012.

Superhero reboots are also on the horizon in the next year.

Andrew Garfield, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in the Golden Globe wining and Oscar nominated “The Social Network,” will be swinging onto screens as  “Spider-man” in 3D on July 3, 2012. There’s also the Zack Snyder directed reboot of “Superman,” starring Henry Cavill, expected to be released in late 2012.

And of course, the action continues past next year. Even though director Jon Favreau will not be returning, star Robert Downey Jr. will be back for a third “Iron Man” in 2013.