Trivia: Captain America: The First Avenger

  • Actor Allusion:
    • Chris Evans kisses a love interest from outside a moving car, as he did in the first Fantastic Four (2005) film.
    • We see the original Human Torch at the World of Tomorrow expo... not to be confused with the other Human Torch played by Chris Evans.
    • Tommy Lee Jones pushes the red button in a fancy black car to make it go faster.
    • Red Skull makes quite a few allusions to Hugo Weaving's role as Agent Smith in The Matrix.
      • His alias, Johann Schmidt, may count; Schmidt is German for Smith.
      • Johan Schmidt's introductory scene has him approaching in a car, and then walking into the church hideaway with his feet being focused on first, and Erskine's explaining about Red Skull has the first flashback depicting him with several copies of himself, similar to a certain Agent in The Matrix. The shot of a dozen Schmidts is a particularly strong example as it makes absolutely no sense except as an Actor Allusion.
      • Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) while fighting Captain America in a suspended gravity environment (the plummeting plane) reminds somewhat of a similar scene in The Matrix.
      • At a meta level, things like Red Skull's fighting style and even how he levels his gun ("Unfortunately I am on a tight schedule...") have apparently stayed with Hugo Weaving after the Training from Hell he went through to play Agent Smith.
    • It's also not the first time Hugo Weaving has played a megalomaniacal psychopath.
    • A character played by Hugo Weaving is a terrorist who intends to bomb major landmarks while wearing a mask to hide his disfigured face.
    • The John Slattery incarnation of Howard Stark towards Roger Sterling.
    • This isn't the first time Neal McDonough has portrayed a member of an elite combat unit in World War II.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Neal McDonough was not only from Irish family who migrated to America, but he was also born in Boston, Massachusetts; just like Dum Dum Dugan himself!
  • Alan Menken: He penned the Captain America stage song.
  • Alan Silvestri: Doing the film's score.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: The biggest reason why Stanley Tucci took the role of Abraham Erskine was because he'd never had a role that required a German accent, and he wanted to try his out.
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted with Stanley Tucci being casted as Erskine. Tucci was in his early fifties while character who's supposedly in their seventies.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Chris Evans got ripped for the role and dyed his hair golden blonde (his real hair color is quite a bit darker).
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Australian Hugo Weaving, American Stanley Tucci, and Englishmen Toby Jones and Richard Armitage play Germans.
    • Englishman Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, American playboy and captain of industry.
    • Englishman David Bradley as the Norwegian keeper of the Cosmic Cube.
    • Romanian-born Sebastian Stan as American Bucky Barnes.
    • Was actually deliberately averted in the case of Captain America himself (Sebastian Stan originally auditioned for Steve). The crew felt that it was necessary for the Cap to be played by a genuine American.
    • Thoroughly averted in the case of Neal McDonough as Dum-Dum Dugan, who shares the same nationality and home city of Boston, Mass, as well as Irish lineage, as well as Bruno Ricci (who is actually French) as Jacques Dernier.
    • English Natalie Dormer as the American soldier who kisses the Captain.
    • English Jenna-Louise Coleman as one of the girls Steve and Bucky go on a double date with.
    • Korean American Kenneth Choi as Japanese American Jim Morita.
  • Fan Nickname: Pre-serum Steve is often referred to as 萌やし (moyashi) or "beansprout" in East Asian fandom due to his small size.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese dub:
  • I Knew It: As confirmed by the sequel, Bucky survives and becomes the Winter Soldier.
  • Money, Dear Boy: Hugo Weaving has gone on record stating that he is indifferent to the film and has very little interest in reprising his role as the Red Skull, due to the difficulty of the makeup process involved.
  • Name's the Same: Schmidt (German for "Smith") seems to be a common name for Nazi scientists with special powers in Marvel comic movies. Which is probably why he goes by Sebastian Shaw now.
  • The Other Darrin: Howard Stark was portrayed by James Caan in still photos, John Slattery in archive footage and Dominic Cooper in life. Justified to an extent as all three depictions are from different time periods — the still photos are from around Tony Stark's pre-teens and beyond, the archive footage from his childhood, and in real life it's the '40s long before he's even born, so Howard ages significantly between each depiction.
  • Playing Against Type: Chris Evans, usually the Deadpan Snarker, Handsome Lech and Jerkass as Captain America.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Throw It In: When Peggy tries to touch the newly enhanced Steve. Hayley Atwell was Distracted by the Sexy.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Will Smith was the top choice at one point to play Captain America.
    • Jensen Ackles was also in the running for Cap.
    • Chris Evans turned down the offer to play Captain America several times; not out of dislike for the role, but because he feared what the effects of the sudden increase of fame would be on his private life. Then Robert Downey, Jr. convinced him to take the part and thus gain the freedom to sign on any other role he'd want to after, and the rest is history.
    • Up until a very late stage in pre-production, HYDRA would have been a blatantly Nazi paramilitary organization, with swastikas on their uniform. The implication is still present in the final version, however. In addition, deleted scenes also had HYDRA explicitly attacking Nazis in addition to Allied powers.
    • Emily Blunt was offered the role of Peggy Carter and her husband John Krasinski was considered for Steve Rogers.
    • Matt Salinger, the star of Captain America (1990), wrote to the director over a possible cameo. After a lukewarm reply, Salinger didn't push the offer any further and nothing more came of it.
    • Early drafts of the script featured Baron Zemo and Baron Strucker working alongside the Red Skull. They ended up being cut because Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely felt the characters would've been "wasted" in mere supporting roles.
  • X Meets Y: Described by Brian Michael Bendis as Raiders of the Lost Ark meets Saving Private Ryan.