If you saw Captain America: The First Avenger, you know the movie is loaded with fantastic, retro-futuristic war machines dreamed up by supervillain Red Skull and his Hydra organization.
Discover how the filmmakers came up with one such vehicle — an escape sub used by a Hydra assassin — in the behind-the-scenes clip above.
Captain America’s lead vehicle designer Daniel Simon outlines several concepts that preceded the streamlined, cigar-shaped sub that made it into the movie.
“We could have gone totally overboard, but that would have made it almost childish, in a wonderful way,” says Simon in the video, taken from the movie’s Blu-ray extras. “But we wanted to be very serious.”
The final underwater vehicle perfectly fits the style of director Joe Johnston’s movie, which is set in a World War II-era world rife with Hydra’s twisted Nazi technology.
All the sci-fi eye candy nicely complements the human drama of pipsqueak-turned-supersoldier Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans. The movie boasts an all-star cast and is a winning addition to Marvel Studios’ cinematic universe (and a great setup for 2012’s The Avengers, which will team Cap with Iron Man, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, among others).
Wired.com is giving away four copies of the Captain America: The First Avenger three-disc combo. The limited-edition set, which will retail for $55 when it hits stores Oct. 25, delivers the action in Blu-ray 3-D, regular Blu-ray and DVD, and includes a digital copy of the movie.
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