With the program dying with Dr. Erskine, Rogers is basically abandoned by the army despite his prowess and recruited as a USO representative. Traveling around the country and given a colorful costume (funnily it looks almost exactly like the original comic version of his costume) and dubbed "Captain America" he inspires people to donate and join, but he is far from the action. During a trip to the front to inspire troops, Rogers' Captain America persona fails to impress because many troops were recently captured or killed. Discovering that his best friend Bucky is on the missing list, Rogers enlists Carter and Stark’s help and drops into enemy territory.
Using all of his newfound strength and skill coupled with his tenacity and courage, Rogers rescues all the living soldiers and truly becomes Captain America. Seeing the value in this inspiring and very capable soldier, Colonel Philips lets Rogers form his own team, made up from key survivors from his rescue, and sends him on high priority and dangerous missions. They quickly catch wind of a mysterious Nazi scientist called Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) who is amassing power using nefarious means and forming his offshoot society called Hydra. Schmidt is an early recipient of Erskine’s formula and the side effects scarred his body and left his skull exposed and red earning himself the name The Red Skull. Captain America and his team must locate and stop The Red Skull before his plans can be completed ending with the planet under Hydra domination.
Captain America: The First Avenger is a terrific film that hits the right notes in all the important ways. Steve Rogers transformation is amazing to watch as CGI wizardry was used to turn the very muscular and tall Chris Evans into a tiny frail man. Watching him walk around as this scrawny man but definitely be Chris Evans was amazing. Once he becomes Captain America, Evans continues to shine, his demeanor, physique, and all-American looks are perfect for the role. I was nervous at first because of his other Marvel role as the Human Torch but he was nearly born to play this character.