Marvel Movie Minute Season Five • Captain America: The First Avenger • Minute 84

CATFA 084: The ‘Lock ‘Em in Separate Rooms’ Trick

In this minute of Joe Johnston’s 2011 film ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ Steve, Bucky, and Gabe creep along the tops of the trains before Steve and Bucky head inside. They’re separated and attacked by Hydra troopers.

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Minute Eighty-Four: From Sneaking Along the Top of the Train to Dodging Enemy Fire

Joining us today, we have Will Freeland from the Hype Is My Superpower podcast.

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

Ah, train logistics. We try to figure out what’s going on on the top of the train. Either there were edits made or the effects team has them accidentally switching from one train top to another. It’s a bit confusing. Then again, we’re watching this a minute at a time and paying way too close attention to the minutiae.

Why do they choose to enter the train car they do? Why not go straight to the engine? And how do they know Zola’s there? And why are there so few troops on the train? And was there intention to make this feel like a Snowpiercer homage?

Back to the three guys who land on the train. There’s a trope of the guy joining the heroes to be either a spy or a red shirt. Is that a fair way to include Gabe? Was he waiting for a flood of troops to pour out? And how about the ‘lock ‘em in separate rooms’ trick? Which speaks to the fact that this was all a setup.

Fun in the train! Tune in!

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