I just read on the Marvel website that Joe Johnston has signed on to direct the Captain America movie. This is pretty big news, actually I hadn't even heard that a Captain America movie had been confirmed.

Any way, here's what Marvel have to say on their website:

Joe Johnston has signed on to direct Marvel Studios' "The First Avenger: Captain America" based on characters developed by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. The film will be produced by Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige. Executive Producers on the project are Louis D'Esposito, Stan Lee and Marvel Studios' Chairman David Maisel. Paramount Pictures will distribute "The First Avenger: Captain America" worldwide. The film will come to theaters domestically on May 6, 2011.

It what some people might view as a concern, Johnston's track recorded is not exactly golden. He has previously directed "October Sky," "Jumanji," "Jurassic Park III," "The Rocketeer" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids."

Captain America is dead, but that doesn't mean that this is the end. Captain America: The Death of Captain America Vol.1 collects issues #25-30 of the Captain America comic. Having brought back Captain America's World War 2 sidekick, the long though dead Bucky Barnes, as the Winter Soldier, legendary scribe Ed Brubaker found a way to ramp things up another notch by killing a comic legend.

Issue 25 of Captain America picks up at the conclusion of the Marvel Civil War, with Steve Rogers having surrendered to authorities and about to stand trial. As an underground Nick Fury, the Winter Soldier and Agent 13 (Sharon Carter), plot to free Captain America from custody, his old nemesis the Red Skull is plotting to have him killed. The death of Captain America is somewhat of an anti-climax in that, while he dies "heroically", it is not the usual superhero death you may have expected. Shot by a sniper as he's being escorted into Court, Steve Rogers dies on the way to hospital. That's it, no big explosions, no dying to save the world from a Nuclear Holocaust, just an average bullet.

Rogers death throws the lives of those around him into chaos. The Winter Soldier is hell bent on tracking down the killer, while Agent 13 struggles to come to terms with a "shocking" discovery.

You would think that a comic would struggle to maintain momentum after it's title character is killed off, but surprisingly this isn't the case. The Death of Captain America picks up pace if anything and it's no big surprise to learn that Bucky is the guy most likely to pick up the Captain America mantle.

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Captain America: The Death of Captain America, Vol. 1 is a solid story, although it has to be said, there is a lot of set up for future plot lines in this six issue collection, as Brubaker establishes Bucky Barnes as the central character. This is recommended reading if you intend to follow the Captain America series, but would also be a good time to drop off if the death of Captain America was the only thing keeping you around. » Read the rest of the entry..

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