11 Reasons Why People Love Captain America
Since his official debut in March 1941, it makes perfect since why people love Captain America.
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).
Being decked out in red, white, and blue, it's clear to say that the Marvel character has just what it takes to be an American superhero. His patriotic characteristics are especially fitting, considering the hero was introduced in 1941, right at the brink of World War II.
Just due to that fact alone, loving Captain America is easy, despite the fact that Marvel has thousands of characters to admire. He has powers that most others would only dream of having; and plus, it should be said that, Captain America (and Chris Evans) is pretty attractive. What more could Marvel fans want?
However, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
Before becoming Captain America, Steve Rogers suffered from various health ailments... and conquered them.
Captain America's alter ego, Steve Rogers, is incredibly inspiring. He was a very thin, weak young man who wanted to fight in World War II. However, he was denied from joining as he was not considered fit for war.
According to Chris Evans, who played Captain in every Captain America movie since 2011 (and refused the role three times before accepting it, as a little fun fact you probably didn't know about The First Avenger), they had to have an entirely different actor play Steve because of the size difference from frail Steve Rogers to macho Captain America.
Weight wasn't Rogers' only issue though. Before receiving the super soldier serum from Dr. Abraham Erskine that turned him into a superhuman, Steve Rogers suffered from flat feet, astigmatism, partial deafness, heart arrhythmias, pernicious anemia, stomach ulcers, and many other conditions and ailments.
Fortunately, the serum gave Steve greater stamina, strength, speed, and accelerated healing. Although Cap was essentially given a man-made boost to help him overcome these issues, seeing him recover is stirring.
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.
Even when he is told he can't join the Army, he doesn't take "no" for an answer.
Coming back to Steve's health, it's motivating that someone who had so many health setbacks was so dedicated to joining the Army. Steve Rogers, while he was still tiny and sickly, enlisted multiple times to fight in World War II, even after being rejected again and again.
In fact, his best buddy Bucky, who Steve strongly respects, even encourages him not to join the war because of his many health conditions. But does he listen? Nope! He might have been weak on the outside, but he certainly had a strong mind and an even stronger will.
We love Steve's dedication and commitment to his country. We also love the fact that he doesn't give up, even when he is told he can't do something or even when health conditions essentially do not allow him to. If any quote fits him best, it's, "If there's a will, there's a way."
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 chose an interesting sidekick, Bucky Barnes.
Another reason why people love Captain America is merely for the fact that he chose a sidekick characteristically different from other superheroes' sidekicks. I mean, let's face it, sidekicks are usually wimpy, young teens.
However, best friend Bucky Barnes, also known as the Winter Soldier, is someone Steve Rogers has known from childhood. Bucky is also a year older than Steve in The First Avenger. Interestingly, Bucky used to protect Steve when he was bullied. Now, Steve often protects Bucky when in battle.
Just by picking the Winter Soldier to fight alongside him, we can tell that Captain America is loyal to the people he trusts. What's more inspiring is that, even when Steve Rogers became Captain America, he doesn't forget his old life, including his friendship with Bucky after he changes. His faith and insurmountable will allow Bucky a new lease on life.