07/14/2011 07:30 pm ET | Updated Sep 13, 2011

'Captain America' Shield Clip Debut (VIDEO)

Sure, his tight blue suit and angel winged mask are essential items in Captain America's legendary costume, but one item in his decades-old inventory stands out from all the rest.

Which is what happens when it's used to take down rows of Nazis at a time.

In this new clip from the upcoming epic Marvel comic-to-big screen adaptation, "Captain America: The First Avenger," we get our first good glimpse at the iconic star-spangled shield that has protected Steve Rogers, national hero, since the 1940s.