While Captain America, also known as Steve Rogers, was introduced in comic book form decades before some of Marvel’s more well-known characters (like Spider-Man and the Hulk), Captain America is still a vital superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
I’m Team Captain America. Always.
Captain America is more than simply a symbol.If loving Captain America is the wrong thing to do, I don’t want to be right.
There are several more reasons why people love Captain America. These reasons include his background, his personality, what he has gone through to become who he is today, how he even became a superhero, and most importantly, what makes him different from other heroes.
Steve Rogers is a superhero who believes in what’s right and will fight to the death to make that American Dream a reality. He believes in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for every person throughout the world (unless you’re a Hydra or a Super Villain, then he has a few things to say to you).
1.STEVE REPRESENTS HOPE, COURAGE, AND DOING THE RIGHT THING—NO MATTER WHAT
Even growing up as a weak, scrawny, asthmatic kid Steve was brave and intelligent; the “Super-Soldier serum” simply matched his body to his heart and personality. At the root of Steve Rogers origin story in Captain America: The First Avenger is that Steve is a good person. Period. His goodness is instrumental in the transformation into the hero that he becomes. After all, it isn’t his simply his strength that makes him worthy of lifting Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.
He never made excuses or complained when he was weak, and he always stood up because of his moral beliefs, and those beliefs kept him going. His goal is to protect others and he’ll stop at nothing to ensure that happens.
As a child during The Great Depression, Steve was poor and bullied during, but his mother taught him kindness and to have courage (before she dies of tuberculosis when he was a young child). He understands that compassion is not weakness. Steve felt the call of duty to serve his country and tried to join the war, even though he was weak and asthmatic. He was turned away from the U.S. military repeatedly until he was selected for Project: Rebirth.
When he woke up from being on ice 70 years later, Steve was a man out of time. But instead of becoming angry and bitter, Steve tries to form new friendships and still fights to make America better. He makes a list of things he needs to catch up on while having been frozen and works on adjusting to life in the 21st Century.
2.HE’S NOT A POLITICAL PUPPET AND HAS MORALS.
Regardless of how Cap may feel about political issues, he makes it clear that he does not, and will not, serve the demands of the government, but rather is interested in serving the people and the American Dream.
He has is own principles of justice, ideals, and morals from which his beliefs are unshakable. He will not compromise anything he believes in. He enforces this time and again he’s not interested in signing over their ability (for example, via the Accords) to help people at will to the games of political parties and Washington D.C. He’ll stand up to his own friends for the sake of protecting others freedoms.
Steve fights for America’s ideals, not for any political party or Washington D.C. ideals or power. This makes Steve a hero through decades of political change and turmoil. He can’t and won’t be bought, and he most certainly won’t be bullied by anyone or pushed around, especially for political gain. Cap will always fight for the little guy because he was the little guy, and he understands what it’s like to feel helpless.
3.STEVE ALWAYS SEES THE GOOD IN PEOPLE.
Steve saw potential in Black Widow from the day he met her. Even though she came to the U.S. as a Russian spy, she deflected to team up with Hawkeye. Cap saw the greatness inside of her and supported her when she applied to join the Avengers, where she became a critical team member and they have been thick as thieves ever since.
When Steve learned Bucky Barnes, his best childhood friend, had been brainwashed into becoming the assassin known as The Winter Soldier, he believed that Bucky could be saved. He fought to ensure Bucky had a chance to be rehabilitated even after The Winter Soldier followed a direct order to assassinate him.
Clearly a believer in redemption and second chances, Steve helped Bucky push through the brainwashing and continued to help him recover from the trauma of remembering everything he did while under the influence of the Soviets. Steve even went as far as writing a letter to Tony Stark to help Bucky to become the new Captain America and take his shield should something ever happen to him.
LET’S CALL IT LIKE IT IS. STEVE ROGERS IS AN ALL-AROUND GREAT GUY.
He’s a powerful and iconic superhero who genuinely cares about the people around him (wait, Chris Evans or Steve Rogers? I digress).
4.His morals are strong.
Before reading Marvel comics, or any superhero comics for that matter, we tend to generalize superheroes. We tend to think they are perfect, are invincible, and always follow the rules. If you know anything about Marvel heroes though, you know that isn’t always the case.
Even some Marvel villains like Molecule Man and antiheroes such as Deadpool have had their fair share of good streaks. However, the same goes for Marvel superheroes; some of them have had evil moments, or where their morality fails them and they succumb to selfish behavior.
Captain America, however, has a set of morals like no other Marvel character, which is why Captain America is so important to the MCU. While Steve Rogers, the man behind the mask, is far from perfect, and though there was a rumor circulating around that Cap was an undercover agent of Hydra, Captain sticks to his values, admits when he’s wrong, and has a level of integrity that is unparalleled.
He always puts others first.
Superhero or not, it’s easy to put yourself first when you’re in the midst of trouble. However, for Marvel’s most patriotic character, he truly puts the safety of others before himself at every possible opportunity.
For example, Captain is known for using his iconic shield to protect his team members, or even bystanders within the premises, from immediate danger. A prime example of this is when we witness how Captain protects Bucky Barnes in Captain America: Civil War with his shield in a battle against Iron Man.
As a leader, Captain America is also great at delegating tasks based on which of his team members would be most suitable. After all, part of good leadership is putting the strengths and weaknesses of your team first, and not forcing them to do something they aren’t comfortable with.
5.He survived being frozen for almost 70 years.
Imagine being unfrozen after nearly 70 years and having to readapt to life after all of those years you were essentially non-existent. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Captain America.
While Cap was able to acclimate himself to the world after seven decades away, one of the challenges he faced after being unfrozen for such a long period of time was his relationship with Peggy Carter and what that would continue to entail.
Peggy was older, quite frail, and had Alzheimer’ disease. Yet Steve Rogers, who was as still young and charming as when he was frozen, was there for her when she was in the hospital during the movie Captain America: Civil War. He also attended her funeral when she eventually passed away.
While he ended up with her niece, Sharon Carter, Steve, nevertheless, was an adaptable man within his relationship with Peggy, and didn’t let the fact that he was frozen negatively impact his life or his mission to protect Earth at all costs.
6.He has a simple background.
Some characters in Marvel have complex backgrounds; and thus, you have to pretty much read every comic book they’re involved in to figure them out. Some fans even resort to doing research online on certain Marvel characters if they have trouble understanding them.
Truthfully, Wolverine (or James Howlett), is one of Marvel’s most complex characters in terms of his storyline. Some might also say the Winter Soldier and Iron Man are also more difficult to understand compared to other characters in the MCU.
However, with Captain America, he has an easy background, and it doesn’t take much to figure him out. Thus, he is a superhero that can be fully related to by just about anyone at any age or level of education.
7.He beats Iron Man in Civil War, despite Iron Man being stronger.
Many are amazed that, in Captain America: Civil War, Captain America and his friend Bucky are able to win a fight against Iron Man. Everyone knows that Iron Man is generally stronger than the two, even possibly combined, but the reason why Captain America and Iron Man were always going to come to blows meant that each would presumably be prepared for the inevitable.
Although people claim Captain America and his sidekick would not have been able to beat Iron Man in the battle without Captain’s shield, many fans were perplexed that Captain America was somehow able to gather enough strength to pick himself up and jab his shield into Tony’s chest. Sometimes it’s about the size of the fight in the dog though, isn’t it?
8.Captain America embodies the American dream.
Even those who don’t know much about Captain America know that he represents the American dream. In fact, we tend to see Boy Scouts’ principles in Captain America; including loyalty, trustworthiness, and bravery, just to name a few.
For many, the American dream is about valuing freedom, liberty, and justice. In Marvel Comics and in the MCU, we witness Captain America displaying those exact characteristics.
We definitely witness the latter in the comic Daredevil: Born Again, when Captain says, “I’m loyal to nothing, General—except the dream.”
9.He almost wasn’t one-of-a-kind.
Although it may not be the biggest reason, the fact that Captain America almost wasn’t the only superhuman of his kind in the MCU is one of many good reasons why people love Captain America.
In fact, Dr. Erskine’s goal was to use the super soldier serum he invented not just on Steve Rogers, but also on other soldiers. Unfortunately, the scientist passed away not long after testing the serum on Steve. Thus, the super soldier program was shut down.
If Dr. Erskine didn’t die and was able to use the serum on others, chances are, Captain America would not be so special in our eyes. However, because he was the lucky recipient of the serum, Captain’s capabilities are just another reason why we love him. He’s, simply, unique.
10.He stands out from the other Avengers.
Marvel fans love the Avengers, but what makes our love stand out for Captain America in particular are the things that make him different from the rest of his crew.
For one, Captain is a superhuman. He’s also a great leader of the Avengers; he’s usually the one to call the orders, and everyone turns to him for his good judgment, even despite the fact that his powers are no match to the abilities of the Hulk and Iron Man. Many respect, and even fear, Captain America.
Also, different from the rest of the Avengers, is the fact that Captain America is the first to protect others from danger, even danger greater than he is capable of handling alone. He’s more than willing to sacrifice his own life if it means helping another person. Some consider Captain the most selfless Avenger.
Captain America is a good person, a kind soul, and is continually putting others before himself. His heart is pure and that is probably why he was able to lift Thor’s mighty Mjolnir.
Heroism and being a superhero is so much more than simply throwing punches, taking out the bad guys, and then having victory celebrations. Being a hero means having empathy and kindness, and Steve carries these in droves.
Steve Rogers is the person we should all aim to be.
Marvel Avengers Captain America Movies
Captain America & Thor: Avengers
This summer, Marvel Studios is bringing to life two of the AVENGERS in THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. But their adventures don’t end on the silver screen. Pick up this 48-page book for two whole new stories starring Thor, Cap, and all your favorite characters from the films! Citadel of Spires: When Fandral—one of the Warriors Three—is taken captive, it’s up to Thor, Sif and Loki to get him back… despite going up against one of the fiercest creatures in the nine realms! U-Base: When Hydra’s U-Boats take out an Allied target, it’s up to CAPTAIN AMERICA and his HOWLING COMMANDOS to strike back! The heroes sneak in to a Hydra U-Base, but there they find that the tentacles in the Hydra logo might not be simply symbolize! From FRED VAN LENTE (Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hercules) and RON LIM (Silver Surfer, Infinity Gauntlet) comes a duo of Adventures from this summer’s hottest heroes!
Captain America: Civil War
With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider-Man) and Team Captain America (Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant Man) while a new villain emerges.
Captain America: Road to War
CAPTAIN AMERICA and BLACK WIDOW must train the new Avengers recruits to work together as a team. Their first mission: stop the giant robot, ULTIMO! Featuring SCARLET WITCH, VISION, FALCON and WAR MACHINE! Bonus TALES OF SUSPENSE #58 included.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier, transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.
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