The plot synopsis for Marvel Studios' "The First Avenger: Captain America" has been posted in entertainment industry newsletter Production Weekly, and it looks like the film will indeed be set in World War II, as had been rumored for quite some time now.
FilmSchoolRejects has posted the text of the synopsis, which involves a Depression Era boy named Steve Rogers enlisting in the Army, only to discover that his physical ailments make him ineligible to battle the Nazis. An officer gives Rogers the opportunity to participate in "Operation: Rebirth," which involves doses of the "Super-Soldier Serum" and "Vita-Rays." Rogers emerges from the program with "a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human."
"Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers," according to the posted synopsis.
While this appears to confirm the time period for the story, there's also that pesky matter of finding a director for the project -- currently scheduled for a May 6, 2011, release -- and someone who can play the lead role. Whoever ends up donning the ol' red, white and blue uniform will probably need to commit to at least two films in short order, though, as the title of the film seems to indicate that Captain America will have a prominent role in "The Avengers," the Marvel superteam film scheduled for release in July 2011.
So what do you think about setting the film in WWII, folks? And who would you like to see behind the camera and slinging the shield?