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15 ‘Captain America’ Facts You Might Not Have Known

Before Captain America: The First Avenger hit theaters and helped kickstart the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel had much different ideas for Cap. Namely, a comedy. Before Iron Man became a hit, the original plan was for the Captain America movie to be funny, because they didn’t know if audiences could take Cap seriously. The man they wanted to direct? Jon Favreau, the man who would eventually direct the first two Iron Man movies. These are just some of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which heads back to WWII with Captain America: The First Avenger!

One of the most effective parts of Captain America is the visual effects they used to create “Skinny Steve”, the scrawny looking Chris Evans for before Steve Rogers was injected with super serum and became Captain America. To create the effect, each scene had to be filmed twice — one with Chris Evans and another with a scrawny actor mimicking Evans’ movements. Evans’s face was then CGI pasted on to the scrawny actor for the desired effect.

“You Think You Know Movies?” is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers and Spider-Man, but now, it’s time to catch up with the kid from Brooklyn in the latest Captain America video!

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