Video Game: Captain America Super Soldier

"You have inspired me, Captain. Your powerful symbolism. How your inferiors follow you like sheep..."
Arnim Zola

A 2011 video game adaptation based off the Marvel Studios film Captain America: The First Avenger. It takes place during the film, expanding on the adventures of Captain America against HYDRA. The gameplay is deliberately styled after Batman: Arkham Asylum. Despite this (or, possibly, because of it), the game is generally decent, with most of the fun relying on the fact that you play as the shield-slinging Captain.

Notably, Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, and Hayley Atwell reprised their roles for the game. Evans was so impressed by the gameplay that it inspired him and Joe and Anthony Russo to give Cap a more dynamic fighting style in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Though perhaps justified as they are an intentionally built underground method of getting around.
  • All Germans Are Nazis: Played with. Zemo works with Hitler but finds the idea repugnant. Oddly, the film's subversion where the Red Skull was an independent power from Hitler is absent here. Here, Hydra is clearly still working for the Third Reich and Hitler. See Continuity Snarl.
  • Badass: The Captain himself. Every punch and hit of the shield is pretty damn satisfying.
  • Big Bad: Zola.
  • Foreshadowing: The game sets up a number of plot points related to Captain America: The Winter Soldier without meaning to. First Zola is able to synthesize the Super Soldier Serum from Rogers' blood. This explains how he's able to treat Barnes with his own version of the Super Soldier Serum which allows Barnes to go toe to toe with Rogers in the second film. Second, the helicopters that Hydra uses at the end of the game are reminiscent of the Quinjets Shield uses. They can both hover in a stationary position and their primary armament is a minigun supplemented with rockets, which hints at how Hydra infiltrates Shield over time. Finally, Zola's plan to use Falsworth as a brainwashed weapon against the allies is exactly what he ends up doing to Barnes's character. Using him as a weapon in the service of hydra. Also Zola in the games has started to experiment with technology that allows him to transfer his mind into machines. Something that he does successfully 40 years later at Camp Leheigh.
  • Continuity Snarl: A mild one. The Red Skull has broken with Hitler in the movies and formed a third faction in World War 2. Here, he's shown to be a member of the Nazis still.
  • Cool House: Baron Zemo lived in a castle which was also refitted to be a massive Nazi military base.
  • Dark Action Girl: Viper is one of the harder villains in the game to fight. Armin Zola lampshades how formidable she is, only for Steve Rogers to say, "You haven't met Peggy."
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Baron Zemo's Castle is built over one of these.
  • Elite Mooks: The enemies Captain America faces have backstories as Zola created them in order to be this for the Third Reich.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Five-Bad Band:
  • Gas Mask Mooks: Nearly every enemy in the game. Perhaps only justified in the Madam Hydra fight, as she tosses gas canisters around the arena.
  • Humongous Mecha: The fruit of all of Zola's plans and the last boss of the game. It really is humongous.
  • Mad Scientist: Armin Zola is shown to be one of these. Notably, he's a lot more vicious and sadistic in his notes than he appeared in the movie.
  • Mythology Gag: Zola's Zola bots essentially foreshadow how Zola will appear in modern times.
    • Both the classic and Ultimate versions of Cap's costume are unlockable.
    • When Falsworth is captured by Zola, he plans on turning Falsworth into a brainwashed version of Union Jack. The name is never said, but it's heavily implied.
  • Nazi Gold: Uncharacteristically, Captain America can steal this. Maybe he intends to return it to its rightful owners.
  • Nazi Nobleman: Baron Strucker and Baron Zemo make an appearance, or at least the former does with the latter appearing in diaries. Notably, the game subverts the usual portrayal of these as it's shown both men are weird for being both nobleman and Nazis. Baron Strucker is derided by Baron Zemo for betraying his class by joining the Nazis and deferring to the Red Skull. Baron Zemo, by contrast, can barely stomach working for the Nazis, who he considers inferior. He's only doing so because, otherwise, they'll kick him out of his castle when he's close to recovering an alien artifact buried underneath.
  • Role Reprisal: As stated above some of the actors from the movie return to voice their characters.
  • Shout-Out: Just about every one of the chapter titles is this to several WWII films.
  • The Stinger: Zola removes himself from one of his Zola bots and the Skull commands him to get back to work, that they'll soon be facing off with Captain America once again.
  • Super Soldier: Well, duh.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Halfway during the Iron Cross fight, the Red Skull nearly yells this out. "I'm surrounded by incompetence!"