Capitan America Superhero
Captain America is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Captain America is one of Marvel’s most enduring superheroes since the days of Timely Comics and before the United States’ entry into World War II and is soon to be the star of his third solo film (kinda). Captain America has undergone more changes than most major comic book characters and has remained in publication since his formal revival in 1964’s The Avengers #4.
- Name: Captain America
- Born: July 4, 1920
- Full Name: Steve Rogers
- Aliases: Nomad, the Captain, Steven Grant Rogers, Roger Stevens, Yeoman America
- Place of Birth: New York City
- Identity: Publicly known
- Legal Status: Citizen of the United States
- Marital Status: Single
- Height: 6′ 2″ (1.85 m)
- Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
- Eye Color: Blue
- Hair Color: Blond
- Creators: Jack Kirby, Joe Simon
- Occupation: Former adventurer, WPA artist, soldier, police officer, teacher, freelance illustrator, special SHIELD operative.
- First Appearance: Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941)
- Known Relatives: Joseph Rogers (father, deceased), Sarah Rogers unnamed grandfather, Steven Rogers .
- Group Affiliations: Formerly Avengers, Invaders, Redeemers, Queen’s Vengeance.
- Partnerships: Sam Wilson, Jack Flag, Demolition Man, Rikki Barnes, Free Spirit
- Education: High school graduate; one year of art school; military basic training; private tutoring in hand-to-hand combat, gymnastics, military strategy, piloting, demolition, and other disciplines.
America’s Super-Soldier: Captain America
America’s Super-Soldier: Captain America
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, a young HYDRA agent disguised as an American patriot named Steve Rogers attempted to enlist in the U.S. Army but was rejected, due to his skinny, anemic physique, and was classified 4-F. However, he garnered the attention of certain people including scientist Doctor Abraham Erskine who was searching for suitable volunteers/test subjects for a top secret experimental program designed to create an army of Super-Soldiers. As a result of Operation: Rebirth, Steve Rogers gained speed, strength, flexibility, endurance, and agility of nearly superhuman levels. These heightened abilities coupled with his unwavering courage and “never say die” attitude eventually made him Captain America, a living legend.
Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby as a response to the booming popularity of patriotically themed superheroes in the 1940’s. Though it was rare for any character, let alone a new one, to get a self-named title in those days, he debuted in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941). He was depicted fighting Adolph Hitler himself on the cover even though the United States had not yet entered World War II and wouldn’t for another 9 months. Debuting along with Captain America in this comic was his teenage partner Bucky, and his arch-enemy the Red Skull. This issue sold nearly one million copies and Captain America soon became Marvel’s best-selling character.
“Cap” spent World War II punching, kicking and defeating Nazis, Japanese, and other Axis members. In addition, to helping from Bucky, he battled the Axis forces alongside other Marvel stalwarts: the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch. Simon and Kirby did ten issues before leaving Timely to work for DC. When the war eventually ended, superheroes fell out of favor and comics sales declined. Captain America Comics was printed up to issue #75, but by then it had become a horror book and soon ended.
Captain America was revived by one of his original co-creators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee during 1964 in issue #4 of the Avengers. This was the start of Cap as we know him. He became an instant hit and was soon leading the Avengers. A short time later he shared and co-headlined a comic called “Tales of Suspense” along with fellow Avenger Iron Man. He has since become one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe and even transcended comics becoming a true American icon. Additionally, Captain America has been recreated many times over the years in comics featuring stories that take place in alternate universes. One of the most well-known alternate universe versions of Captain America is in the Ultimate Universe.
Steven Grant Rogers was born on July 4, 1918, to Sarah and Joseph Rogers in Brooklyn, New York City. Before Rogers was born, his father Joseph was confirmed to be killed in action in World War I. At a young age, he met James “Bucky” Barnes, who would eventually become his best friend.
As a sickly adolescent, Rogers was frequently attacked by bullies on the streets. However, Rogers’ resilience, despite his small stature, inspired a young James Barnes to come to his aid and fight off the bullies, and the two became good friends.
Rogers attended George Washington High School in Brooklyn, New York City from 1932 to 1936 and Auburndale Art School, also in Brooklyn, from 1937 to 1938.
Rebirth In the Silver Age
In the early 1960s, with Marvel’s superheroes rediscovering a large and enthusiastic audience, the time seemed right to reintroduce Captain America. In Avengers no. 4 (1964), it was revealed that Steve Rogers had not died in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. He had been trapped in ice and preserved in a state of suspended animation. The newly formed Avengers find Rogers’s thawing body and revive him. Captain America immediately joins the Avengers and becomes something of an elder statesman among them. Within a year of his revival, he graduated to his own strip in Tales of Suspense, a title he shared with Iron Man and was well on his way to becoming an icon again.
Despite Kirby’s return, the new Captain America failed to achieve the popularity of Marvel’s powerhouse headliners, such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four. As an admission that the strip was at its peak during World War II, this revival almost immediately resorted to “untold tales” of the war. The character was nevertheless a cornerstone of the “Marvel Universe” in the 1960s, and, with Lee and Kirby at the peak of their powers, the stories were a compelling read.
About Golden Age
“Marvel’s biggest success during The Golden Age and one of the top-selling superheroes of all time, Captain America is, first and foremost, a manifestation of patriotism. His debut preceded his county’s entry into World War II, and he rode the wave of public spirit that followed Pearl Harbor; thus he identified himself forever with a period that may have been The Golden Age of the United States as much as it was The Golden Age of comic books. Sentimentally, a certain nostalgia for the period remains, even among those who are too young to have experienced its triumphs and tragedies firsthand.
When the war ended, Captain America seemed to lose his purpose. Within a few years, he was retired, and a short-lived revival in the 1950s seemed to confirm fears that he had become irrelevant. His successful return in the 1960s however, ingeniously took advantage of the problem: Captain America was portrayed as a relic of a less complicated era awakened like Rip Van Winkle. Know his quest for identity and direction are the themes of his adventures; he seeks the meaning of freedom in a time where patriotism may not be quite the same thing as unquestioning loyalty to political leaders.
Of course, Cap has always been wrapped in the American flag, yet he is best symbolized by the shield he carries. Creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby originally designed it to be triangular, but soon after made it round instead. It represents both defense and a target, and when thrown like a discus, it also functions as a surprisingly effective weapon. A safeguard that draws fire and then fights back, the shield is the perfect emblem for Captain America.
2006: Civil War
After some dumb superhero kids triggered a mutant to explode for a reality TV show, killing 600 people and a school full of kids, the government ramped up its efforts to register every superpowered citizen of America. Of course, this was a privacy violation for all involved, especially those with families and vengeful supervillains. Captain America believed that personal freedoms needed to be protected and went into hiding, while Iron Man and other registered heroes hunted down anyone who broke the new laws.
Civil War culminated in the arrest of Captain America, who just wanted to end the destruction. While being led up the courtroom steps for his trial, he was assassinated by Crossbones, a longtime ally of the Red Skull, and a mysterious second shooter—who turns out to be his own hypnotized girlfriend and courtroom escort, Sharon Carter. Former sidekick Bucky Barnes, who had his own set of problems after enduring decades brainwashed as the villain Winter Soldier, took over the role of Captain America in Rogers’ absence.
2009: Time Traveller
Rogers wasn’t dead for real. Instead, a sci-fi bullet sent him bouncing through time, alternate realities, and the Red Skull’s consciousness, all while the Skull controlled Rogers’ body in the real world. After finding the Skull in a Nazi-controlled version of New York, Cap nearly strangled him to death before they were both returned to the real world and the Red Skull was ) defeated for good. Having seen Bucky die in one possible future timeline, Steve decided to let him continue on as Captain America for awhile although he did eventually take the name back again.
Strictly speaking, Captain America possesses no superhuman powers; however, his body has been mutated to the pinnacle of human perfection. He possesses strength, agility, endurance, speed, and reflexes superior to any Olympic-level athlete, and his bodily functions have been enhanced to the peak of human efficiency. His body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles, granting him phenomenal endurance.
Captain America frequently travels via a custom-built Harley-Davidson Custom Special motorcycle with S.H.I.E.L.D. modifications and/or a custom-built Chevrolet van outfitted by the Wakanda Design Group; he uses Avengers Quinjets when necessary.
Interesting Facts About Captain America
- Hydra’s futurist aircraft take their designs from actual WWII German concepts such as the Horten H.XVIII flying wing bomber and Triebflügeljäger fighter plane.
- Summary of Patient Health Issues (for Skinny Steve Rogers): Asthma, Scarlet fever, Rheumatic fever, Epilepsy, Sinusitis, Chronic or frequent colds, High blood pressure, Palpitations or pounding in heart, Easy fatigability, Heart Trouble, Nervous trouble of any sort, Has had household contact with tuberculosis patient, Parent/Sibling with diabetes, cancer, stroke or (?).
- During the escape from the HYDRA facility, Dugan and Jones steal a tank. As they drive away, you hear Dugan exclaim “Wahoo!” In the comics, this is the battle cry of the Howling Commandos, of which both men are members.
- Chris Evans was paid $300,000 to play the title role.
- Despite being ‘The First Avenger’, Captain America was not the first avenger in the comics. In comics, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor were the first ones. Only after Hulk left the team, Captain America joined the avengers. Nor is Captain America the oldest, as Thor is centuries older.
- Originally cameo appearances were planned in the film for James “Logan” Howlett and Erik Lehnsherr , who were present during World War II. These cameos were scrapped due to rights issues.
- The Captain America comic book shown in the movies bears the cover of the actual Captain America #1 released in 1941.
- Hayley Atwell surprisingly touching Chris Evans’ chest as he emerged from the pod upon turning into Captain America was very much improvised, and the surprise on her face is genuine, as she admitted in interviews she was very taken by Chris’ physique and nearly broke character and ruined the take that made it into the film as a result.
- At the Expo, Howard Stark demonstrates his semi-functional “Reversion” technology. It’s an obvious precursor to Tony Stark’s “Repulsors”, perfected for his Iron Man armor. They both even have an orange glow when functioning.
- In the exhibition, there is a mannequin in a red jumpsuit under a glass dome. That is a reference to the android, the original Human Torch, the first superhero created by Timely Comics (October 1939), which eventually became Marvel Comics. He was also part of The Invaders along with Namor and Captain America. Marvel Comics recycled the name and abilities with the Fantastic Four’s Johnny Storm (1961). Chris Evans portrayed Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the ‘Fantastic Four’ films.
- The wall art hiding the Tesseract at the beginning of the film shows the World Tree, the same concept design that Thor shares with Jane Foster in Thor (2011).
- ebastian Stan was considered for the role of Captain America but got the role of Bucky instead.
- Throughout the film, Steve uses a sidearm while fighting Skull’s forces. In the comics, he used a side arm until realizing that his new shield (that Franklin D. Roosevelt gives him) could be used as a weapon, by throwing it, and it subsequently replaces the side arm.
- Up until a very late stage in pre-production, HYDRA would have been a blatantly Nazi paramilitary organization, with swastikas on their uniform. The implication is still present in the final version, however. In addition, deleted scenes also had HYDRA explicitly attacking Nazis in addition to Allied powers.
- Scarlett Johansson was rumored to be reprising her role as Black Widow in this movie, but this never came to be.
- The design of Red Skull’s flying fortress in the climax of the film was heavily inspired by Spriggan, the boss of the Air Battle level in the Nintendo 64 video game “Aerofighters Assault.”