I love Captain America… Mainly because he’s just… oh God, so sweet and humble and willing to fight for what’s right.
Captain America is the all American hero, he fights for freedom and never gives up, he’s brave, he’s kind, he’s an incredible hero, and man. My favorite superhero. The entire reason he was given the super soldier serum, was because of his heart and soul. Not because of his physical features. It’s the reason I love him, and why so many others do too.
He fights for what he thinks is right and even when he wasn’t physically strong he wouldn’t be shaken from what he believes is right. I admire him for that. he’s also relatable in a sense that he likes to be in the thick of it, doesn’t like feeling useless when he could be fighting for what he believes in. humble, kind, good, and fights for his convictions Captain America is one of my favorites.
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Why Do Black People Love Captain America?
So I posed a simple question to several groups Why Do Black Folks Love Captain America? The answers were as numerous as they were hilarious. Some said its because he represents what a true citizen of the world should be, others said its because he isn’t afraid to stand up for the unrepresented and the downtrodden. Indeed, they made him sound like the illegitimate offspring of Tom Hanks and Kevin Costner.
“Cap” was created in 1941 by writer Joe Simon and artist Jack Kirby in response to growing culture of patriotic superheroes that littered the landscape at the time. However, none have lasted as long as good old Stars and Stripes.
He is a character that repeatedly drives me to snatch issue after issue out of the back issue bin labeled “Captain America.” I can easily recall the story of his origin, his exploits with Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos that were published throughout the 60’s and 70’s, his battles against the world dominating efforts of the Red Skull and Baron Zemo and his ability to galvanize individuals who appear far more capable than he on the surface. Cap has consistently evolved his ideology to stay in tune with the sociopolitical ebb and flow that is apparent in the greater American society from time to time.
Ideologically, Captain America represents everything that the United States should be, isnt yet, but still can become. He is honest, he is noble, he is inclusive. He is fair, he is nonjudgmental and he is imperfect in his perfection. This is the reason why many African Americans call Captain America aka Steve Rogers their favorite superhero of all time, despite his Caucasian pedigree, blue eyes and blonde hair.
Maybe it’s because, after all this time, Captain America is one of the few superheroes who have always “kept it real.”
Top 5 Reasons People Love Captain America!
1.He’s Captain freakin’ America
Lo and behold, we’ve reached our number 1 reason. And it shouldn’t be that much of a shock. He went from a 90 pound weakling to a Super Soldier who wears the Stars and Stripes in his effort to rid the world of evildoers. This guy IS America. I know, people can debate that other heroes stand for the same thing Cap does, but the fact is, Captain America came from the USA. He’s a true American hero. He may not be the strongest hero, nor have the ability to fly, but Captain America is a hero to idolize.
2.Back From The Depths
During the last days of WW 2, Cap and his sidekick Bucky were about to stop Baron Zemo from destroying an experimental plane. Zemo planted a bomb on it and when Bucky tried defusing it, it explodes. Both men are presumed dead, Bucky from the explosion, and Cap from his plunge into the ice cold waters of the Arctic. The Avengers found Cap’s body nearly 20 years later and the rest is history. The guy was presumed dead, was frozen for almost 2 decades, was found by The Avengers, and has to fit in to the new age. We’ve all felt that way, Cap fan or not. We’re placed in an awkward situation and have to find a way to adapt.
3.The Horrors Of War
He may be just another superhero to some, but to those of us who know him well, Cap has seen his fair share of death. His parents died before he joined the Armed Forces, but even so, he’s still had to deal with seeing fellow soldiers killed and slain in battle. He knows what it’s like to lose people he cares about. After all of that, he comes out on the other side, ready to kick even more ass.
4.Skinny Kid From Manhattan
Before the Super Soldier Serum, Steve Rogers was just a skinny teenager, and both of his parents had passed away. Sickened by the Third Reich’s actions, he attempted to enlist in the Army. Steve was turned away for being a scrawny bag of bones. People can relate to Steve Rogers. Having your help turned away because of who you are or what you look like. Fans of Cap know what it feels like to be unwanted.
First and foremost, Cap carries the hopes and dreams of America into battle with him. But on occasion, even our Star-Spangled Avenger has been known to break a few laws. He does what he does because he feels in his heart and head that this is the right course of action. Need I remind you of his part in Marvel’s Civil War? Instead of joining up with his fellow Avenger and Pro-Registration activist Iron Man, Cap decided to go underground, feeling that the Registration Act was an erosion of civil liberties for the superhero community.
3 REASONS WHY I LOVE CAPTAIN AMERICA
And if loving Captain America is the wrong thing to do, I don’t want to be right. It’s easy to love Captain America. For #MarvelMondays this week, Ashley and I agreed to discuss our top 3 reasons to love Captain America. I could give you a slew of reasons more to love Cap, but we agreed to 3, so I’ll stop there. We all know Cap is more than simply a symbol.
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
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.
Why do People Love Captain America & Hate Batman V Superman?
I’ve been looking forward to seeing Captain America: Civil War ever since I saw ‘Winter Soldier’ two years ago. Yet when I went and actually saw the film, my friends and I (who by the way are pretty big comic book and sci-fi fans), left the cinema feeling a bit “meh.” Don’t get me wrong; we enjoyed the film – the comedic fight and reintroduction of Spider-Man was a high point. We just weren’t that amazed by it unlike some of the audience who had clearly just walked out of Forbidden Planet next door and into the cinema. I was genuinely surprised that so many people were whooping and cheering at the slightest thing. For me, Captain America: Civil War was a fun but forgetful few hours of entertainment that could have done with being forty minutes shorter. Just like Batman v Superman.
Whether Critics Are Right or Wrong
I have mostly enjoyed Marvel’s comic book films. They’re fun and occasionally ask a few interesting questions like, “How far should a nation go to protect its population?” Mostly though, they are fun. They are pure escapism, just like a superhero film should be. Last month my brother and I booked tickets in advance to see Batman v Superman. We thought it was a pretty enjoyable film. It wasn’t an amazing film, but we didn’t feel it was as awful as the critics and many comic book fans were making it out to be. I was genuinely shocked at the levels of vitriol being thrown at the film. Personally I thought that the opening hour was one of the more exciting hours I’ve seen in a comic book film. It does kind of fall apart towards the end which is a shame, but it wasn’t enough to make me hate the film and cast it down to Hades. It seems I was in a minority as millions of fans who went to see it, left the cinema tweeting their discontent. I haven’t even mentioned the critics yet.
There has been an increasing disconnect between critics and moviegoers. The majority of reviews for Batman v Superman came in at around the two star mark, yet that hasn’t stopped the film from making over $700,000,000 at the global box office. This despite negative reaction from critics and fans. So who else was watching the film? My guess is that after the opening weekend and following the negative backlash, the average cinema goer became a little more interested in seeing the film. Yet still, Batman v Superman is being seen as a failure by critics and uber-hard comic book fans. Let’s compare the film plots and execution.
Batman v Superman: Super-powered man is seen as a threat to world security following the devastation of a city he was trying to protect. Political leaders call Superman to account and decide whether or not he should have political oversight before engaging in superhero activities. Rich billionaire who uses gadgets and weapons to terrorize criminals feels he must stop Superman before Superman becomes a bigger threat. Cue eventual fisticuffs between said heroes before they unite against a bigger threat.
Captain America: Civil War: Super-powered man and his friends are seen as a threat to world security after the devastation of several cities they were trying to protect. Political leaders decide to call Captain America and his Avengers to account and impose oversight before engaging in superhero activities. Rich billionaire, who uses gadgets and weapons to terrorize criminals and terrorists, feels he must stop Captain America before Captain America and his renegade teammates become a bigger threat to world security. Cue eventual fisticuffs between heroes before they unite against a bigger threat.
Is it just me, or do these films have almost the exact same plot? So why will Captain America ($200 million opening weekend – $30 million more than Batman v Superman achieved) be hailed as a triumph when Batman v Superman is being consigned to the garbage? I think there are several reasons:
- Marvel has spent the last 8 years building its cinematic universe and has established huge amounts of trust from a global audience. This despite several films which weren’t that great (Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and Iron Man 2 were all a bit rubbish people).
- DC finished the lauded Dark Knight trilogy, looked at what Marvel had been doing and went, “Hey! We want some of that!” They don’t want to do the same thing, so they try and inject more “seriousness” into their superheroes. Man of Steel opens to mixed reviews in 2013. Trust is not strong at this point.
- Marvel has now engendered so much trust with fans that they and critics will forgive almost any flaw a Marvel film has, even when it has many.
- DC is struggling to build trust with a fan base that is (perhaps unfairly) expecting the same kind of content that Marvel have been providing.
Are fans and critics being fair?
I wonder if many fans and critics have become so enamored with Marvel’s output, that they are unwilling to give any other comic book (specifically DC) film a chance. The only differences I can see between Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman are the jokes and tone. Captain America has more jokes. Batman v Superman has few jokes. Captain America is light and fluffy. Batman v Superman is dark and somewhat grim (though Wonder Woman’s brief appearance was cool. More of her please, DC.)
Perhaps this is where DC is going wrong. Perhaps they need to find more fun in their superheroes. The danger however, is that they might then be accused of copying Marvel and get castigated for that. Personally, I like a bit of variety in my comic book films so I hope they can build on what they’ve started. Now, again I’m not saying Batman v Superman is perfect (far from it), but guess what?
Neither is Captain America: Civil War.
Why do kids like Captain America?
What wishes does Captain America fulfill? And what does it have to do with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
Matt Belinkie: I love the Marvel movies. My son is totally obsessed with Infinity Wars. He’s absolutely bought in to the concept of 15 movies building to the greatest battle ever put to film. I hope it’s halfway up to his hopes. And I was surprised how strongly he roots for Captain America over Iron Man. I would honestly expect any kid to root for Iron Man, who is funny and has all the cool toys. But from what I can tell, kids LOVE Captain America. Not exactly sure why.
Why is Captain America popular in 2016? He’s harder for me to grasp than Superman, Spider-Man, or any of the other big ones. Is it straight-up Patriotism?
“The America that he represents is the notional one that he fought for in that war.”
I think that more than anything is why he’s The Leader™. He fights for the America that people always say they want (Mom, apple pie, baseball), but can never quite muster (bloviating gasbag politicians, hot spicy racism, Adam Sandler movies). Cap is simple, and we crusty snarkmeisters are too quick to see simple as stupid, when it’s really more a matter of being refreshingly uncomplicated. I’m reminded of Ron Swanson telling Donna, “Don’t confuse drama with happiness.” Let’s all get along, and if we can’t, Cap can help out. I -like- that in a Superhero.
(This is also a super-tiny text box with huge text in it, so pardon a rambling post; I can only see maybe two sentences at a time…)
People can like something for many different reasons. The following are a few reasons.
- They like the actor, and so the character.
- They like the character portrayed in comics and animations, and so the live action character.
- Wish fulfillment. Character is mature, good looking, likeable, fit, moral, and extremely capable.
- Character gained powers relatively easily, and possibly doesn’t need to maintain said powers.
- Here is the meat and potatoes…Capable of recognizing and combating corrupt and militant state actors and private actors.
That last one is very relevant to today’s America. Very corrupt, very destructive, very diffuse. People realize this and approve of someone like Captain America uncovering and combating what they feel they can’t- but want to.
As a young man in the ’80s I started as a Ralph fan before moving on to Leo through most of grade school. By High School I went back to Ralph and have stayed there. That said I am Capt. America Fan.
While I think the TMNT comparison is fair, its not a perfect metaphor. The big difference between Ralph and Iron Man is Ralph is cynical and teases, but he always does it an appropriate level. Ralph never came off as a bully toward his brothers, even in his constant fighting with Leo. Iron Man on the other hand does come off kind as cruel sometimes, especially towards Captain. He goes out of his way to devalue Steve Rogers accomplishments. I think a lot of kids see themselves as Steve Rogers, in his ability to stand up for himself and other against bullies, whether those bullies are Nazis or Tony’s constant teasing.
Captain America was never a thing when I was a kid, he never really appeared in the movies, aside from those really weird ones and he only ever made brief guest appearances in other characters’ shows. Also I was never patriotic so I dunno.
The only time I was really exposed to Captain America when I was younger was in 2006, it was kind of a dry-run for the Avengers going forward. That Cap was a compromise between the 616 nice Cap and the cynical conservative Ultimate Cap, so I was never that invested personally.