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Marvel Movie Minute Season Five • Captain America: The First Avenger • Minute 39

CATFA 039: Chekhov’s Vial of Super Soldier Serum

Minute Thirty-Nine: From a Cigarette Lighter to an Escaping Spy

Joining us on this episode, we have Krissy Lenz and Nathan Blackwell from the Most Excellent 80s Movies Podcast!

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

Turns out Fred Clemson from the State Department was actually a Hydra spy named Heinz Kruger! He blows up the observation booth, shoots Dr. Erskine, steals the last vial of super soldier serum, and makes his escape! But not before Peggy can shoot him once with her Walther PPK. We talk about lax security, screaming politicians, Tommy Lee Jones getting face time during a glass stunt, and a script flashback showing Erskine remembering where he knew Kruger from. Meanwhile, Steve holds Erskine as he dies and Erskine pokes him in the chest. Is he just proud of his work on Steve’s pecs? Or perhaps he’s reminding Steve to stay true to who he is on the inside? Steve gets mad and looks like he’s going to hulk out, but he just runs after Kruger, which is what Peggy’s done. We talk about all of this and more!

Things take a turn as Clemson reveals his true identity. Tune in!
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