- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Captain America will keep its patriotic full title in most of the world when the superhero adventure hits the big-screen.

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios gave distributors around the world the option of shortening the title of “Captain America: The First Avenger” to simply “The First Avenger,” out of concern about anti-American sentiment.

But the only countries that took them up on it were Russia, Ukraine and South Korea.

In other territories, the movie will go out with the full title, a sign that the brand value of the Marvel Comics hero trumps any potential anti-U.S. feelings in some parts of the world.


Movie titles often are changed in foreign countries for cultural reasons or because the original names don’t translate well. In French-speaking countries, “The Hangover” and its sequel were titled “Very Bad Trip.”

Starring Chris Evans as the patriotic super-soldier, “Captain America” opens in U.S. theaters July 22.