10 Cool Facts You Didn’t Know about Captain America

Do you think you know everything there is to know about Marvel comic and movie superhero Captain America? Chances are you don’t know as much about this multifaceted character as you think you do. Here are 10 cool facts you probably didn’t know about Captain America:

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  1. One of the most surprising 2011 Captain America movie facts is the puny size of the weak pre-serum Steve Rogers was actually created using body doubles, optical illusions and computers – actor Chris Evans is nowhere near as small or as short as the pre-serum Steve!
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  2. It’s not just Americans who love reading about and watching the adventures of the patriotic Captain America; Captain America comics have been translated and distributed in 75 countries around the globe. One of the least known Captain America facts is the very first Captain America movie opened back in 1944, not in 2011. Even though he is the “First Avenger,” he was the last character of the Avengers to have his own feature film made in the twenty first century.
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  3. This character was actually killed off in 2007 in Captain America volume 5, issue #25. He also was locked in suspended animation in an iceberg in the 1960s Silver Age editions of the comic. (Captain America’s “death” was later explained in a 2009 comic that claimed his disappearance was caused by time travel.)
  4. The original name for Captain America was the “Super American,” but this moniker was abandoned because it was too difficult to distinguish it from Super Man and similar “superlative” action hero names.
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  5. One of the most interesting things about Captain America is the first edition of the comic, which featured Captain America smacking real life villain Adolf Hitler, was so controversial Marvel Comics required police protection for a few weeks after publication.
  6.  There used to be an official Captain America fan club called the “Sentinels of Liberty.” In the 1940s comics, the “Sentinels of Liberty” were a diverse youth group who supported Captain America in his battle against lawlessness in the United States. Although young fans enjoyed the fan club, they might not have realized Captain America and the Captain America fan club were deliberate attempts to inspire patriotism and national pride during World War II.
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  7. One of Captain America’s girlfriends, Betsy Ross, was named after the real life historic figure Betsy Ross who was born in 1752 and is credited with sewing the first American flag.
  8. One of the most surprising 2011 Captain America movie facts is the puny size of the weak pre-serum Steve Rogers was actually created using body doubles, optical illusions and computers – actor Chris Evans is nowhere near as small or as short as the pre-serum Steve!
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  9. The Captain America comic book cover you see displayed in the 2011 movie is a replica of the original comic book cover from 1941.
  10. One of the most fun facts about Captain America is the newest movie in the series, Captain America: the Winter Soldier, actually uses very little computer-generated imagery (CGI). The directors wanted to shoot more live action sequences rather than relying on computerized graphics so that the movie would have a more exciting and realistic feel.
    captain-america-winterCGIVery little CGI was used in the last Captain America: the Winter Soldier movie (compared to the Avengers for example)

+1 – Fun Fact no. 11.

Online gaming giant Playtech created a casino game dedicated to Captain America fans. The online slot version of the superhero franchise is available for those who didn’t just like the movie but feeling lucky and up for a big win!

There you have it – 10+1 cool facts you didn’t know about Captain America, right in time to enjoy the latest installment of this blockbuster comic and movie series.

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