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Referring to the feature film opening July 24th, LIH has already discussed Captain America as a pseudo Holocaust hero. Yet, this suggestion or attribution has never been made in the comic book series. Can we say this while overlooking other real world associations? And isn’t this always possible when speaking of fictional heroes whose origins align with actual events? Other than Nazism or WWII isn’t it odd that so little is discussed about this character’s relationship to other politics of this period or after? Though these revelations may not impact the success of the film, don’t we owe it to ourselves to discuss what the film Captain America: the First Avenger may not address?
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I believe it was LIH that first postulated the possibility that “Patriotic Americana” might not distribute as easily oversees as filmmakers might expect. Jumping on Lurker’s bandwagon with her article Battle for the box Office , Entertainment Weekly suggested that “Patriotic Americana” may not sell well in foreign markets. Yet positively, they say that only three foreign distributors, (Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea) have opted to remove “Captain America” from the title. This bodes well for the film because the other distributors are not offended with the full title: Captain America:The First Avenger. EW also said;
“While fantasy franchises like “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Harry Potter” routinely collect at least two-thirds of their worldwide revenue from foreign markets, Superhero movies like The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, and Iron Man seem to top out around 50 percent.”
Despite EW’s potential assurances, we will not understand how the world responds until after the box office receipts are tabulated, yet I really don’t think this will tell us what is really essential about any discrepancy in rewards. Without partiality I think we, as Hollywood Enthusiasts should probe why Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea might be adverse to the title. And no I don’t believe simple nationalism is the reason why. The potential reasons why may be useful because they may tell us more about what we currently acknowledge about the durability of the Captain America character.
Like symbolic characters like Uncle Sam, Captain America is the embodiment of the U.S’s pride in the country’s national mission. For those unaware other goals would eventually surpass these values in prominence, the country was founded on the principles of spiritual and religious freedom. As the settlers became comfortable in their new land, other powerful ideas would come to rival the initial ideals. The founding fathers greatly influenced and encouraged by events in Britain and France, would eventually become the greatest advocates of Democratic government. Later topics like the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, privacy and a range of other rights would be assured in a constitution that is known worldwide.
But film fans what if America and by extension Captain America, stopped looking so innocent. Speaking as a citizen, my respect for Captain America does rely on a fairly pure notion of America’s National integrity. Despite not being entirely well versed in all of the ugliness that may occur within the intelligence and counter intelligence communities of all foreign and sometimes opposing nations, our respect for Captain America does hinge on a degree of political naiveté. Many of the references used hence may require the rigorous critical evaluation by the viewing audience.
What happens if instead we learned that after freeing the Jewish internees of concentration camps, America’s CIA, Britain’s MIA, and NATO began a campaign to rid the world of the new international political evil; Communism. What if we learned that after defeating Fascism in Italy, these combined governments initiated the Gladio Network  to assure that the Communist party would take power outside of the Soviet Union in Western Europe? What if this group invented most of the worst of what we know of terrorism and actually killed, bombed public institutions, and destroyed property. What if we then found out this mission was greatly successful? Despite the conquest of many non European countries like:
Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Benin, Bulgaria, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Brazzaville, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Ethiopia, Grenada, Kampuchea, Mongolia, Mozambique, North Vietnam, Poland, Romania, Somalia, South Yemen, and Yugoslavia  no countries were taken in Europe.
Gladio guaranteed that the Soviet Union never spread in western Europe and assured the democratic and capitalist freedom we currently enjoy.
But what if Communism remained a threat and what if Communist adversaries told us as much? KGB master deceiver Yuri Bezmenov  defected to the United States in the early 1970’s telling us he had become terrified of the excesses of the totalitarian Soviet Union. How would we react when he told us the conquest of the Western world would occur in four simple steps?
And even today many in Europe believe the European Union  is an attempt to bring about Hitler’s goal of a singular world government. That said, I would not endorse any of these expressed beliefs without thoroughly listening to both sides of the debate about all of these events.
As many movies end, it’s likely that conflicts, challenges and disagreements may appear to conclude as the credits appear, but the events I have discussed clearly demonstrate that many political antagonisms continue. Some conflicts even appear to be getting worse.
Frequently with fictional heroes like Captain America, Hollywood and comics create fantastic allegories to help us learn about, understand and cope with the frequently complicated and disturbing world that surrounds us. For the sake of entertainment we’re whisked away to astonishing locals, treated to joyous spectacle, and we’re frequently seduced on these trips by beautiful and charismatic people. Yet when these events are over the world we live in may remain cold, cruel, and sometimes dark. For many of these reasons we patronize Hollywood generally and the various entertainment industries specifically. Why, because sometimes we don’t need escapism as much as we might need a break. Obviously we may continue to patronize Hollywood and hope it continues to supply us with the solace we frequently need.
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