These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Captain America: The First Avenger
Alternative Character Interpretation: Colonel Chester Philips (the Tommy Lee Jones character) - when he thought Captain America/Steve Rogers was dead, was he actually upset about the fact that a man may have died in vain - and with him many other men - or was he just mad because Cap snuck out under his watch meaning he could very well have lost his career? For that matter, was there any real merit in his request to have Cap kept in a lab to see if a new version of the formula could be extracted from him or was he just being a bully taking his frustration and resentment out on someone who didn't deserve it simply because Rogers wasn't HIS preferred choice for the serum?
Alan Silvestri's Captain America March just makes you wanna stand up and salute something. The full thing is finally heard over the credits while numerous wartime propaganda posters appear. Let's hear it for Captain America! (Too bad it wasn't included on the soundtrack album...) How awesome is it? This is the only theme from any of the other Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to turn up in The Avengers (in part due to Silvestri being the first composer to score two of said movies). And thanks to the Cap's (sort of) cameo in Thor: The Dark World, it's now been in three movies.
He also wants to kill Hitler and take over everything he has. That's pretty cool in itself.
Seriously? He's a Nazi Supersoldier Mad Scientist who glorifies the Norse Gods. He's the coolest character in the movie.
In a lot of ways, he's like M. Bison from the Street Fighter movie. Of COURSE!
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Although Marvel and Paramount offered simply The First Avenger as an alternative title for countries requesting it, only Russia, South Korea and Ukraine took that option. All the others, including China, settled for the original title for the film instead.
Harsher and/or Heartwarming In Hindsight: Captain America's co-creator, Joe Simon, died about five months after this movie's release, but its box office and critical successes likely helped re-assure him of Cap's lasting value before he passed away.
Some fans speculate that Red Skull had actually been temporarily banished from the mortal plane than killed. The fact that the way he was disintegrated was similar to the Bifrost travel in Thor supports it; and if you look closely at the ceiling when the Red Skull first grasps the Cosmic Cube in his bare hand, it temporarily warps to a star-filled view of the same interdimensional void that the Bifrost travels through and that Loki falls into.
Bucky, in following with the comics. They never did find his body in the film, after all. In addition, in the scene where Captain America finds him, he is strapped onto a bed, implying that they may have done some sort of experiment on him or at least planned it. These theories involving Bucky was indeed confirmed in the sequel.
Considering how Hugo Weaving made the phrase "Mister Anderson" memetic, they had a golden opportunity for him to address Captain America derisively as "Mister Rogers". We can only assume they didn't because the scenes where Cap and Red Skull meet aren't the best times to slip so spectacularly hilarious.
Locked in a metal coffin, screaming in agony... And note that Steve also grew about a foot as well as gaining about eighty pounds of muscle - he was essentially being rack-tortured.
When Johann Schmidt rips his face off, revealing his true face.
The Problem with Licensed Games: Actually, it's not that bad! While rough around the edges, and saddled with a slow, uninteresting beginning, the Captain America: Super Soldier game clearly is more than just a meager cash-in like the Thor or Green Lantern games; it's got an imitation of the combat system from Batman: Arkham Asylum and a really huge castle full of HYDRA goons to explore. It's not quite as good as Arkham Asylum, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
In fact, in the preview of the game, one of the designers even lampshaded this trope and explained that they planned to subvert it.
Romantic Plot Tumor: A complaint some have about the Steve/Peggy romance is that it is ultimately pointless and bears no significance to the rest of the plot. It's not as commonly complained as Thor/Jane from the previous film, though.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For many, the downplaying of real swastika-bearing Nazis (and the real German Army) in favor of the fictional breakaway HYDRA trivializes the World War II setting. Not helped by Cap being firmly established as fighting real Nazis in the comics, where the Red Skull was also loyal to Hitler. While it's true that today's Germany prohibits the display of Nazi symbols, exceptions are made for World War II films. (A similar thing happened with the cartoon The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.) Further not helped by being released in the same year as X-Men: First Class, where the Nazi element is much more prominent.
On the other hand, keeping the movie focused on Captain America's battle against HYDRA showcased his heroic Useful Notes/WWII Legendary status, without altering the course of WW2 too drastically, as he mostly kept HYDRA's super-science from turning the tide of the war.
Uncanny Valley: In the early scenes, it's quite obvious that the Red Skull is wearing a Hugo Weaving mask over his mutated face. The effect can actually make him look far creepier than his true face ever could.
The make-up for the Red Skull is fairly impressive too, especially the Hugo Weaving mask he wears, which has semi-obvious neck flaps and red areas around the eyes which make it more realistic.
Never mind that, what about the fact that 90% of the film is in-camera effects?
What an Idiot: S.H.I.E.L.D. surprisingly. Trying to ease Captain America into the present day with a fake 1940's hospital room and baseball game on the radio can be excused. The fact that they didn't take the time to make sure the game was from after Steve crashed cannot.
WTF Casting Agency: Apparently Will Smith was one of the top choices to play Steve, at one point.
What are you talking? That would have been amazing.
Quite a few people even had this reaction after Evans was cast in the title role after his stint as a certain other Marvel Comics character, but now it feels like he was born to play the Sentinel of Liberty.