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Captain America Film Gets Name Change Overseas

The much anticipated Captain America movie will be hitting theaters in about 2 weeks.  In three countries overseas though, the name of the movie will be a little bit different.

One comic book movie that I have been waiting for is Captain America.  He has always been one of my favorite heroes and I think he is a more down to earth super hero that people can relate too, similar to Batman.  Here is the states, and much of the rest of the world, it will be billed as Captain America: The First Avenger.  In a few countries overseas it will just be called The First Avenger though.

Apparently Paramount and Marvel gave countries the right to change the name if they were afraid of anti American trouble.  Surprisingly though only 3 countries ended up taking that offer.  Russia, the Ukraine and South Korea will drop the Captain America part of the title in order to avoid any trouble.

I am not surprised that some countries would want to change the title, after all we don’t have a lot of fans across the ocean.  I am surprised at the countries that chose to do so though.  I thought South Korea was the part of Korea that got along with us?  What about Russia?  Are they afraid of some sort of KGB uprising with flashbacks to WWII and the Cold War?   I guess it’s not a big deal, but I mean would it kill them to watch a movie based on a character that’s been around over half a century?  Just seems a bit weird to me.  I know they sometimes change movie titles in foreign countries because they don’t translate well, but this just seems silly.

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