Alan Menken Writing Music for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

     February 5, 2011

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Disney’s acquisition of Marvel has brought about a rather unique collaboration: Alan Menken is reportedly writing a song/songs for Captain America: The First Avenger. One of Disney’s greatest assets for the past 20 years, the Oscar-nominated Menken is famed for writing the music for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas,and most recently, TangledBadass Digest gleans from their source’s information that this music is specifically for when Captain America is in the USO.  So, instead of regaling the troops with the classic “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” their morale will be raised through some original material. Who would have thought that Chris Evans, who is playing the Captain/Steve Rogers, might have to practice his singing along with his stunt fighting?

Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, and Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull, scheduled for release on July 22, 2011.  Hit the jump for more on Captain America, including the official synopsis.

Being one of the most anticipated movies this summer, photos and clips have slowly begun being released over the past month, including this new photo of Sebastian Stan (Gossip Girl) as Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes, as well as these new images from Empire Magazine. The official poster was released just yesterday. All this culminates tomorrow with Captain America’s first TV spot during the Superbowl. For Captain America fans, things are looking pretty good.

To follow all of Collider’s Captain America coverage, just click here.  Here’s the official synopsis:

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by “vita-rays.” Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

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