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An official synopsis has been released for Captain America that confirms that the adaptation will take place during World War II; which means Marvel is keeping it faithful.
Captain America Synopsis
Production Weekly (reposted at FilmSchoolRejects) has released the first synopsis for Captain America and it is surprisingly detailed. While I read these comics when I was younger, none of this sounds all that familiar. The setting works, however.
“Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the ‘Super-Soldier Serum’ and bombarded by ‘vita-rays.’ Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.”
The adaptation's official title is The First Avenger: Captain America. As you might have noticed, the title suggests the arrival of The Avengers, a film that will hit theaters the exact same summer in 2011. If Captain America fails at the box office and the follow-up survive? Hard to say, but so far Marvel's risks have paid off.