Magazine August 16, 2010, Issue

Captain Post-America

(David Mercado/Reuters)

You can imagine the fist-pumping and broad grins that went around Hollywood when it was announced they were making a movie about Captain America — and the subsequent dismay when they learned it was not about Peter Fonda’s character in Easy Rider. Seriously, Captain America . . . as in, Captain America? The pitch must have been a hard sell, and perhaps an investor offered script advice: How about he’s a robot in the future who finds a comic book in the ruins of New York, which was nuked by white supremacists, and he becomes an unthinking patriot until a

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