Captain America: The First Avenger is the debut feature of the superpowered hero who will later play a key role in the Avengers team in the globally successful Marvel Cinematic Universe film series. After the outbreak of World War II, the frail Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is deemed unfit for military service but volunteers for a top-secret government program where he is injected with super soldier serum, transforming him into Captain America. Joined by loyal friend Sgt. James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), and a squad of commandos, Captain America faces off against the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), the Nazi war monger who plans to unleash a mysterious relic that will turn the tide of war.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely joined Pollock Theater Director Matt Ryan for a post-screening discussion.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely hold the record for the highest-grossing film of all time for Avengers: Endgame, as well as the fifth highest-grossing film of all time for Avengers: Infinity War. Their extensive work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe also includes Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War. They are widely credited with advancing the superhero genre by layering in more humanity, complexity, and political self-awareness, while still honoring the Marvel family of characters.
Markus and McFeely are partners with Joe and Anthony Russo in ABGO Films. At ABGO, they are shepherding a growing list of titles, including the adaptation of Simon Stålenhag’s The Electric State, Matthew Michael Carnahan’s Mosul, and Jessica Goldberg’s Exit West, which is based on the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Mohsin Hamid.
Past screenwriting credits include Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain; the first three films in the Chronicles of Narnia series; the Emmy and Writers Guild award-winning teleplay for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; and ABC’s Agent Carter, which they created and executive produced. Born in Buffalo and San Francisco, respectively, the two met in a small Northern California fiction-writing program.
Moderator Matthew Ryan
Matthew Ryan earned his MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University in 2008. He has been the Pollock Theater Director since the theater opened in October 2010. He created and hosts the Script to Screen series, which has welcomed prestigious guests such as writer/director/producer Jordan Peele (Get Out), writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), screenwriters Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), and writer/director/producer David Mandel, actor Tony Hale, and actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus (VEEP).
Ryan oversees the Pollock Theater Internship, which offers industry-level experience in live multi-camera television production and event planning. TV shows produced by students through this program have generated 15.1 million online views on the UCTV cable station.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, and the Department of Film & Media Studies.
Script to Screen
The Script to Screen series examines the screenplay and its transition to the screen from the perspective of writers, directors, producers, editors, and actors. The Pollock Theater connects artists to our audience of aspiring production students, and Guild & Academy Members. Our Q&As transform into a television show that airs on the UCTV cable station. The series is hosted by the Pollock Theater Director, Matt Ryan, and co-produced by the Pollock Theater student staff.