"From the depths of space! Fighting for humanity against the evil Nebulon Empire! CAPTAIN FUTURE!"
Captain Future is a man out of time, deliberately cryogenically frozen in order to finally view the far-flung future he'd grown to love while working as the star of a Republic Serial series in the 1940s and early 50s. Since defrosting around the beginning of 2013, he's seen quite a bit less in the way of flying cars and spaceships than he expected...
As Captain FUTURE, Trevor appears to be a man running around in blue-grey spandex with bright blue plastic "armor" attached. His jet pack is clearly made from two half-gallon milk bottles painted to look like rockets on a plastic frame. His weapons look like toys. Nothing looks like it should function, AND YET ALL OF IT DOES. When not in costume, Trevor dresses to the nines, in a pinstripe suit with a narrow black tie. He looks very much like he's waiting for a big band number to start at any moment.
Trevor has the bizarre power to make his props behave as though they were real. Thus, his flimsy plastic armor actually protects him, his milk-bottle jetpack flies, and his Sonic Pulsar and Pulson Blaster actually fire beams that look very similar to the special effects used in the Captain Future serials. The effect can be somewhat disturbing, as the special effects in those movies were bad even for the time, and are quite unnatural looking in the real world.
Captain Future and the World of Tomorrow was a semi-successful low-budget serial, popular with young boys in the 1940s and early 50s. The star of the show, Trevor Matthews, was, if not a household name, at least eminently recognizable. He delighted in bringing the adventures of Captain Future to young men-to-be across the nation, and, when the serial was cancelled in '53 due to the popularity of television, used some of his savings to purchase his costume and prop weapons from Republic Pictures as a memento of the best time of his life.
While idly toying with his "weapons", the Pulson Blaster and Sonic Pulsar (identical hunks of plastic with flashing lights in them and not much else) Trevor was shocked to find that the weapons actually fired. Having seen for himself what a positive role model even a pretend hero could be, he decided to take to the streets of Los Angeles in his Captain Future costume and persona in an effort to make the idealized future portrayed in his pictures a reality.
Reality itself hit hard a year later when he was brought before the House Unamerican Activities Committee during the McCarthy hearings. While he had never been a Communist, he had once attended a meeting in order to network with other Hollywood types and hopefully break out of Saturday matinee serials and into big budget motion pictures. To make matters worse, he hadn't been born Trevor Matthews, but Trofim Matulik - his Ukranian family emigrated to the United States prior to World War II.
Despairing for America, Trevor gave up on the present and set his eyes on the future, where he had been happiest. Pouring the bulk of his savings into an early attempt at cryogenics (and the rest into long-term Certificates of Deposit), he had himself frozen to be thawed out in the year 2013 - the far-flung future his films had portrayed.
He was successfully revived on January 8, 2013. His Certificates of Deposit have long since matured. The safety deposit box containing his prop weapons and armor (which, oddly, only work as real weapons for him) was untouched and waiting for him.
Everything else didn't go quite as smoothly as he anticipated.
As Captain FUTURE, Trevor is a larger-than-life, lantern-jawed hero. He is very serious about portraying Captain FUTURE in this manner, and rarely if ever drops character while in costume. He is melodramatic at best and an outright scenery-chewing, giant-cow-milking ham at worst.
In his civilian persona, Trevor's somewhat full of himself. He used to be a movie star, you know. He knew people. (Granted, he was a B-budget serial matinee star, but Hollywood is Hollywood, and he has an image to maintain.) He is very much the playboy, but his attitudes come from a bygone time.
Trevor has no surviving relatives or even friends that he is aware of.
Other Heroes on Captain FUTURE
This is that place where other heroes can offer their opinions on encounters with Captain FUTURE in the field.
Captain FUTURE is still recovering from fifty-eight and a half years of cryogenic stasis.
- The Captain Future and the World of Tomorrow matinees ran for over a decade, and have since become kitsch classics. Captain Future and the Amazon Princess of Mars was featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's entirely possible heroes might recognize either the character or the actor from those films.
- Trevor is a bit of a lush and a bit of a shameless flirt. Perhaps he's attempted to pick up female heroes at a local watering hole?