Marvel Movie Minute Season Five • Captain America: The First Avenger • Minute 26

CATFA 026: We Need a Schmidt-age!

In this minute of Joe Johnston’s 2011 film ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ Dr. Erskine continues his roundabout answer to Steve’s question, giving him Schmidt’s backstory. We learn Schmidt and Hitler are fascinated by occult powers and myths.

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Minute Twenty-Six: From Hitler Invading Germany to Power in the Earth

Joining us on the show, we have Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg, Doctor of the Dead!

In the twenty-sixth minute of Joe Johnston’s 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger

Why did they hide the Swastika in the film for the most part? What was Marvel afraid of? We do see it during the montage about Schmidt. There certainly are plenty of Hydra logos! But how about the exposition dump we get here? The Stucch handles it well and we’re not surprised. Is there a sense of father/son dynamic with him and Steve? Does Marvel have a thing for daddy issues? We look at flashbacks in the MCU. We’ve had a number of them by this point. But is this flashback tainted by Dr. Erskine’s perspective? We also talk about Joe Johnston as a director and the structure the MCU’s been using bringing indie directors on and what that means with effects. Does Johnston deliver better here because of his VFX background? And what about Schmidt being a brilliant scientist?

It’s a Schmidt-filled flashback minute. Tune in!

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Andy Nelson and Pete Wright pick up the Infinity Saga Phase I mantle with Captain America: The First Avenger one patriotic minute at a time. 

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