“Captain America” 101 – A brief guide to the WWII superhero and his supporting cast

“Captain America” 101 – A brief guide to the WWII superhero and his supporting cast (photo)

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“Captain America: The First Avenger” arrives in theaters this week, putting the story of Marvel’s soldier-turned-superhero Steve Rogers in front of mainstream movie audiences. And while Captain America isn’t exactly a b-list character, there’s a good chance that some people buying tickets this weekend might not be all that familiar with the star-spangled hero and his supporting cast of allies and enemies.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick primer on the major players in the Captain America universe. Think of it as your very own comic book boot camp – just with fewer push-ups and more super-powers.

Captain America (Chris Evans)
Your classic 98-pound weakling, Brooklyn-born Steve Rogers tried to enlist during World War II but was turned down to his sickly stature. His refusal to give up caught the attention of military scientists, and he was given the chance to undergo an experimental treatment intended to give him utmost peak of human abilities. The experiment was successful, and along with helping the Allied Forces win the war, he went on to become the leader of one of Marvel’s most powerful superhero teams, The Avengers.

Red Skull (Hugo Weaving)
One of Captain America’s greatest enemies, Johann Schmidt served as Adolf Hitler’s right-hand man in the Nazi regime and underwent a similar experiment as Steve Rogers. In the Marvel Comics universe, there have been several versions of Red Skull over the years, but Schmidt was by far the most dangerous of the bunch. Along with supervising the development of powerful Nazi weaponry and leading the terrorist organization HYDRA, he’ll stop at nothing to secure any powerful items – whether scientific or magical – that will bring him closer to world domination.

James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan)
In the Marvel Comics universe, Bucky was Captain America’s sidekick throughout much of the war. In the upcoming film, the pair are significantly closer in age, with Bucky and Steve having known each other for years before the latter undergoes the super-soldier treatment. Nevertheless, Bucky remains Cap’s closest friend and ally during the war.

Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell)
One of Steve Rogers’ first loves, Peggy Carter is a capable soldier who shows Captain America that war isn’t just a job for men. In the upcoming film, the character is a British freedom fighter who fights alongside Cap and the Allied Forces.

The Howling Commandoes
An elite special unit of U.S. Army Rangers, the Howling Commandoes were a force to be reckoned with during World War II. Their ranks included former circus strongman “Dum Dum” Dugan (Neal McDonough) and a host of other characters, and in the Marvel Comics universe, they were led by Nick Fury. While Fury’s role in the film is likely to be a little different, the Howling Commandoes appear to play a big role in supporting Captain America’s efforts.

Which character are you most looking forward to seeing? Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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