Marvel has released an official synopsis for the story of The First Avenger: Captain America. The synopsis appeared in the latest issue of Production Weekly – which suggests that the synopsis is legitimate. That said, it still reads a bit like a stock Marvel description of the character, so it’s possible that the details of the film won’t exactly follow what the synopsis says.

Read the synopsis for yourself and decide what you think!

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Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy’s earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment… Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the ‘Super-Soldier Serum’ and bombarded by ‘vita-rays.’ Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later, he was given his first assignment as Captain America. Armed with his indestructible shield and and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and leader of the Avengers.

Whether this is exactly the synopsis or not, it’s still nice to know that it seems to be Marvel’s plan to keep the character true to his comic book roots. It’s always possible that someone would have had the terrible idea of “updating” the character so that Captain America was created to fight in the War on Terrorism.

We’ll find out more about The First Avenger: Captain America when it hits theatres on May 6, 2011.