Captain America Won’t Be Called Captain America in A Couple of Places
Not very often does a movie come along with a name so patriotic to its country of origin that the company producing it offers other countries to use a different name. Captain America: The First Avenger is one such movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios and Paramount have given other countries the option of advertising and showing the movie as either Captain America or just The First Avenger. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly, I can’t really decide) all but three countries have opted to keep the original name of the film. International distributors decided that Captain America was so well-known that not pushing it as Captain America would hurt ticket sales.
The three countries that went with The First Avenger were Russia, Ukraine and South Korea. While no one gave a specific reason as to why these countries decided on the name change, someone claimed that it was because of cultural and political reasons.
It doesn’t stop there, though. China will probably not even release the film at all. For reasons that I really don’t know anything about, China has a policy that only 20 films not made in China can be released there every year. While a decision has not yet been reached on the issue, it doesn’t seem likely.