One of the biggest hits of the summer 2017 movie season was Wonder Woman, arriving a year after Diana of Themyscira's live action theatrical debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and over 75 years after her first comics appearance. Earning critical acclaim from most moviegoers and earning over $813 million worldwide (making it the most successful cinematic superhero origin story), Wonder Woman has proven to be not just an enjoyable blockbuster, but also a truly inspirational tale. That being said, for those who've seen Captain America: The First Avenger, you can't help but notice that the Amazon's solo movie shares a lot in common with that MCU installment.
With the newly-released Wonder Woman epilogue, that comes with the Digital and upcoming Blu-ray releases, out, we've noticed it delivers yet another similarity to Marvel's 2011 movie about how Chris Evans' Steve Roger became the Star Spangled hero. So, we've gathered up the main ideas that Wonder Woman grabbed from Captain America: The First Avenger, be it intentionally or coincidentally. First up, let's get the obvious choice out of the way and discuss their notable time periods.
Origin Stories Set In World Wars
Like many of the superheroes from the Golden Age of Comics, Wonder Woman and Captain America both debuted on the printed page as World War II raged. Most superhero movies usually move the main character's origin story to contemporary times, but both Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger opted to spotlight their heroes' rise to glory in a global 20th century conflict. For Captain America, this was especially important, as the catalyst for Steve Rogers being injected with the Super-Soldier Serum is because he was trying to enlist in the military during World War II. It's not nearly as necessary for Wonder Woman's origin to be set during a world war, but thankfully, the creative team behind the Amazon's solo feature moved the action back a little over two decades to World War I. Not only did this help it stand out from Captain America: The First Avenger, but it also improved her origin since this time, she was jumping into a war that was bathed in shades of grey rather than a black and white affair.
Present Day Bookends
Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger are period pieces for the most part, but they also had bookends at the beginning and end to show how our protagonists are faring in the present day. For Steve Rogers, this meant being freed from his life as a human popsicle after almost 70 years, though we wouldn't get a sense of his adjustment to awakening in the 21st century until The Avengers. In Wonder Woman's case, Diana has been conscious and living in man's world over the last century, and her movie's bookends were used to subtly follow up her DCEU introduction in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and set up her return in Justice League later this year. Since both movies were set in cinematic universes, it was wise that there brief scenes at the beginning and end to connect to the wider mythologies without taking attention away from the main narrative taking place in the past.