The "Captain America: The First Avenger" trailer debuted last week after days of anticipation marked by televised sneak peeks, still images, and ever-so-brief clips from the film's first full-length trailer.
Along with identifying five important scenes from the "Captain America" trailer, I teamed up with MTV Movies Blog editor Josh Wigler to give you a video analysis of the trailer — something we hope to do more of down the road. Apparently, our trailer commentary made its way in front of the right eyes, as I ended up chatting with "Captain America" screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely just 24 hours later.
Our long conversation managed to cover a lot of topics — everything from their thoughts on seeing the trailer (and our commentary on it) to the "skinny" Steve Rogers effects and some things you might've missed in last week's footage.
MTV NEWS: So, tell me your first thought on seeing the new trailer, guys...
CHRISTOPHER MARKUS: You forget when you're constantly dealing with parts of these things that it's going to become this whole thing you're emotionally invested in. [Seeing the trailer] was the first time when I was like, "Oh, this is a real movie! It's not just the scene I have to write today!" It sort of sweeps you up and along with it...
MTV: I'm sure you've seen this footage a lot already, but were there any surprises for you when you first saw it?
STEPHEN McFEELY: I'm very surprised that "Now, Mr. Stark" makes people tingle. It's kind of nice. Without giving too much away, we've lived with that for so long, and people say it's kind of bad-ass, but I forget that it's so bad-ass that Tony Stark's father is part of the back story in "Captain America."
MARKUS: For me, it's the shield flying. That's an effect they add later, so when you're on set it's like, "... And then the shield goes flying, and it looks awesome..." So it's this huge part of the movie that you don't know what it looks like until now. When you finally see it flying around, it feels like, "Oh, sh--, this is awesome!"
MTV: One of the things everyone is talking about now — and has been since we saw that first footage during the Super Bowl — is the skinny Steve Rogers effect...
McFEELY: Yeah, you said on Twitter that you thought he was creepy...
MTV: You read that? Uh-oh. I'm both flattered and worried now... This interview has taken a turn...
McFEELY: [Laughs] Hey, I have to know who's calling when we do these things!
MARKUS: [Laughs] That was a big question going into it, though. Steve was going to have to be so sickly that he couldn't get into World War II. For a long time, we were just like, "I'm sure we'll figure out a way to do that," and went on with our storytelling. Eventually, the effects guys came in and showed us what they did, and we were like, "Holy..."
McFEELY: The thing is, for us, he's just Steve. He's not "Skinny Steve." That's the beauty of Captain America: he's the same guy he was before the super-soldier serum. Marvel was great about that, too. They don't mind spending time with "skinny" Steve and getting to know him, so we love him and root for him even before he goes into the pod. In fact, we looked to "Iron Man" sometimes, because it has a really long first act.
MTV: So "Captain America" is structured similarly? With a long first act?
McFEELY: It's not quite as long as "Iron Man," but we felt the freedom to spend time with regular Steve Rogers before all this other stuff happens to him.
MTV: But when you did finally see Chris Evans as the bulked-up Steve Rogers in full Captain America costume, what was your reaction? For many people, this trailer and the Super Bowl teaser were their first looks at Cap in action...
MARKUS: Like I said earlier, you forget about the bigger picture sometimes — you really do! The character is never named "Captain America" in the script. He's always "Steve." You think of him as Steve, and then he comes out in costume and it's like, "Oooooh, yeah!"
MTV: And Cap wasn't the only superhero we got to see in the trailer. As we mentioned in our trailer analysis, we also get to see characters like Union Jack, who appears with the Howling Commandos.
McFEELY: Right, and since you know that's Union Jack, and you see that, can you also see that it's not just that we named him Montgomery Falsworth? As you watch the trailer and see more of the movie, ask yourself if there's something about the design of him or how he behaves or anything that makes him that character... Let me put it this way: Bucky's uniform is blue — there's a reason for that!
MARKUS: Yeah, there's a reason for everything. ["Captain America"] is endlessly packable with stuff with like that...
MTV: So you're saying the trailer merits even more analysis, eh?
McFEELY: Your six minutes could've been 60 minutes!
Keep it locked to Splash Page this week for more from my interview with "Captain America" screenwriters Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely!