Fans Invade Captain America Comic-Con Screening

Comic Book Resources has the scoop, straight from eager fans standing in line.

by | July 21, 2011 | Comments

Attendees of Comic-Con International in San Diego descended en masse for Paramount Pictures’ advance Captain America: The First Avenger screening Thursday morning, eager for an early look at the highly-anticipated Joe Johnston-directed vehicle (not to mention a special appearance by Cap himself — Chris Evans — following the film). Showtime was at 10:00 AM, but folks at the beginning of the queue showed up as early as 3:30AM — and with good reason. By 8:00 AM, the line stretched across the entire top floor of the United Artists Horton Plaza, extending to the level below by 8:30AM.

Volunteers passed out swag to the patient crowd, sending fans of Marvel Comics’ star-spangled hero home with some sweet limited edition posters and buttons. Throughout the morning, Cap fever clearly reigned supreme. By our (very scientifically accurate) estimation, one out of four attendees was wearing some form of Captain America garb.

We walked the line, chatting up the crowd. Towards the front was the (clearly) dedicated Chris Dorrenbacher (pictured below), a first-time Comic-Con attendee from Dallas, TX, who arrived — in full costume — with his friend Martha at 5:30AM. When asked what they were most looking forward to about the film, Martha said, “We like Chris Evans, but we’re really big fans of Cap. And we’re also looking forward to the ‘Avengers’ footage at the end.”

Kayla Nagel and Craig Jenkins showed up at 6:00AM — and they went to some pretty interesting lengths to procure their tickets. Craig recalled, “Last night we were about to get on our bus to go back to our hotel and I overheard this guy behind me say, ‘Are you a Captain America fan?’ I turn around, and he was talking to two girls. He pulled out one of the red tickets and he’s like, ‘Well, we have these free passes to the 10AM showing and we could give them to you because we can’t go — all we want is your Fringe bag.’ And the girls were like, ‘Well, we can’t really go either.’ So I jumped in and said, ‘Well, I’ll take the ticket. I have a Big Bang Theory bag.’ And he said, ‘Well I don’t want a Big Bang Theory bag!’ And the girl was like, ‘I do!’ So she traded me the Fringe bag for the Big Bang Theory bag, I gave him the Fringe bag and he gave me the tickets!”

Melissa Zahn and her four-year-old son Trent (pictured below-left) arrived at 7:00AM, Melissa admitting that Captain America is her favorite superhero. Her husband is in the military, so the subject matter really resonates. And what of Trent? “He’s a big Avengers fan, Melissa said. “We actually have the action figures in my backpack — he’s been playing with them all morning. I’m so excited for Trent to see Chris Evans because he’s never met somebody like that and this will be, like, the biggest thing for him. This is actually his late birthday present from us. His birthday was on the 12th.”

Eddie Newsome (pictured above-right), from Greensboro, NC, is an old pro at the Comic-Con game. This is his sixth year attending the convention, he’s also arguably the most dedicated fan we’ve seen so far. As an avid cosplayer, he’s dressed as Captain America for years, along the way amassing quite the collection of autographs on his shield. “One thing I’ve learned at the Con is that a lot of the artists, writers, creators — they tend to show a lot of appreciation for us cosplayers who really bring their characters to life. The first year I wore this costume at Comic-Con, I bumped into Kyle Baker — the creator of this character, Isaiah Bradley — and when he turned around and saw me, his eyes just welled up.”

Eddie’s had his shield signed by Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada and John Romita Jr., among countless others, but he saved its crowning glory — the star — for royalty. “Stan Lee signed it last year,” Eddie gushed. “Every year when I go to the Con, people ask if they can sign the star and I’m like, ‘No, no — I have to have Stan Lee sign the star!'” And we can vouch for Eddie’s commitment when it comes to lugging around his accoutrements — we picked up the solid metal shield, and it had quite the heft. At least we know the secret behind his superhuman pecs!

By 9:00AM, people were being turned away, with one particularly frazzled girl sarcastically noting, “Well, we’re here already — let’s see something! What do you think, guys? Cars 2?”


Written by Katie Calautti of Comic Book Resources.

For more stories, head over to the CBR Comic-Con 2011 page.

Tag Cloud

psycho Video Games Adult Swim medical drama justice league Britbox crime crime thriller serial killer ABC Family Superheroes YA 24 frames Premiere Dates dceu Kids & Family boxoffice USA USA Network politics DC streaming service Winners 007 Reality Competition GoT golden globes DC Comics PBS Podcast comiccon Paramount Best and Worst Food Network Spring TV Infographic Rock CBS All Access romance technology Christmas Certified Fresh 2016 Reality IFC Films Musical AMC Fox News Logo robots Freeform spy thriller science fiction discovery historical drama Amazon President OWN Calendar Country Rom-Com police drama Pirates Holidays ESPN Schedule TCA 2017 Super Bowl Polls and Games CW Seed FXX Mary Tyler Moore Valentine's Day travel MSNBC RT History Western NYCC 21st Century Fox Ghostbusters harry potter A&E GIFs Oscars supernatural dc Comic Book VH1 Comedy zombie Sci-Fi Red Carpet cinemax Disney Channel Music Star Trek Bravo LGBTQ Musicals Esquire Cartoon Network Spike political drama composers Acorn TV See It Skip It CBS Interview Sony Pictures Emmys binge 2015 El Rey Shondaland Mindy Kaling adventure VICE period drama Netflix Lionsgate Showtime X-Men IFC TBS Fall TV Trivia BET cooking Box Office Sundance biography E3 Tomatazos aliens BBC TV Land TIFF Pop American Society of Cinematographers Trailer DC Universe ratings diversity CNN Winter TV Crackle singing competition Warner Bros. Animation Syfy MTV Toys sports Martial Arts TCM Superheroe TCA Drama Opinion Writers Guild of America CMT cops Teen WGN 45 Starz PaleyFest Grammys Creative Arts Emmys Year in Review History Mystery E! Set visit docudrama crime drama BBC America Lucasfilm war what to watch Nickelodeon SDCC FX Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Pixar APB The Arrangement SundanceTV Disney cats Awards Extras Photos Character Guide Rocky TNT cults talk show Action Comedy Central Star Wars Marvel First Look FOX HBO Dark Horse Comics Thanksgiving transformers 20th Century Fox Nat Geo Paramount Network Universal ABC Marathons Fantasy GLAAD Watching Series Hulu DirecTV Ellie Kemper Sundance Now thriller Summer TruTV Biopics Countdown social media Sneak Peek vampires Masterpiece unscripted Nominations YouTube Red ITV 2017 based on movie Election TLC Horror Lifetime dramedy The CW sitcom NBC Tumblr TV Cosplay