July 20, 2011 3:32pm PT by Lauren Schutte
Captain America Vs. The Superheroes of 2011
Chris Evans' Captain America: The First Avenger (directed by Joe Johnston) bursts into theaters
this Friday. But, the all-American superhero is just one of many larger-than-life defenders to hit the big screen this summer.
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See how the Avenger's basic stats compare to his fellow comic-book counterparts.
Origin Story: Displaying too much arrogance, Norse God Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth) is cast out of the otherworldly realm of Asgard and sent to live with humans on Earth.
Powers: Thor wields a mystical hammer Mjoinir, a tool so powerful it can level mountains. He also has super-human strength.
Enemy: Thor’s adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has always been jealous of his favored brother and schemes to kill their father Odin so that he can take over rule of Asgard. Loki also tries to prevent Thor from leaving Earth so that he cannot take his rightful place as ruler.
Love Interest: Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is a human scientist that Thor falls for while living on Earth.
Box Office: The film, which opened May 6, grossed over $179.5 million at the domestic box office.
-X-Men: First Class: Professor X
Origin Story: Professor X, born Charles Francis Xavier, is a paraplegic mutant who advocates for peaceful co-existence with humans.
Powers: The superhero, played by James McAvoy in this summer’s film, has the power of telepathy.
Enemy: Xavier and Magneto (real name: Erik Lensherr) grew up as best friends, but eventually turn against one another because of a difference of opinion (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, believes mutants and humans shouldn’t interact).
Love Interest: Raven Darkholme/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is a shape-shifting mutant and the childhood friend of Xavier. He treat her more like a sister than a love interest, but there is underlying chemistry between the two. Professor X also has a certain rapport with Dr. Moira
MacTaggart, a CIA operative played by Rose Byrne, the pair even share an onscreen smooch.
Box Office: The Fox movie opened June 3 and has taken in $143.5 million domestically thus far.
STORY: X-Men: First Class: Movie Review
Origin Story: Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is a regular human chosen by the dying Green Lantern Abin Sur to take over his post after Sur crash-landed on Earth. He is the first-ever human member of the Green Lantern Corps. and was chosen because of his honest nature and lack of fear.
Powers: The masked protector possess a power ring which becomes more powerful based on the wearer’s own mental strength. The ring also gives one the power of flight throughout the entire universe.
Enemy: Peter Sarsgaard portrays Green Lantern’s biggest enemy, evil scientist Hector Hammond. After purposefully exposing himself to a meteorite's radiation, Hammond's brain multiplies in size and gives him telepathic and telekinetic powers. He uses his talents to exercise mind control over others.
Love Interest: Carol Ferris (played by Blake Lively) is the daughter of Jordan’s boss and his childhood friend.
Box Office: Warner Bros.’s newest foray into the superhero genre has garnered nearly $113 million at the domestic box office since its opening July 18.
-Captain America: The First Avenger
Origin Story: Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was a scrawny American military hopeful that was deemed unfit for combat until he signs up for a top secret experiment that turns him into Captain America, the military’s best weapon.
Powers: He possesses superhuman strength and is in peak physical condition. He also carries an indestructible shield.
Enemy: Adolf Hitler’s head of advanced weaponry, Johann Schmidt (alter-ego: The Red Skull), has his own plans for achieving world domination. The character, played by Hugo Weaving, is the commander of the terrorist organization HYDRA and is seeking to harness the power Cosmic Cube to world domination.
Love Interest: Hayley Atwell brings the Captain’s love interest, Peggy Carter, to life in the film. Carter is an English soldier who fights alongside Rogers.
Box Office: “If the movie bombs, I’m f---ked,” Evans has said of the pressure surrounding the film which opens in theaters Friday.