Captain Americais a fictional character appearing in comic books published byMarvel Comics. The character was created byJoe SimonandJack Kirbyand first appeared inCaptain America Comics #1(1941).
Captain America was designed as apatriotic supersoldierwho often fought theAxis powersofWorld War IIand was a very popular character during the wartime period. The popularity of superheroes waned following the war and theCaptain Americacomic book was discontinued in 1950, with a short-lived revival in 1953. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.
In 1940, writerJoe Simonconceived the idea for Captain America and made a sketch of the character in costume. "I wrote the name 'Super American' at the bottom of the page," Simon said in his autobiography, and then considered:
"No, it didn't work. There were too many "Supers" around. "Captain America" had a good sound to it. There weren't a lot of captains in comics. It was as easy as that. The boy companion was simply named Bucky, after my friend Bucky Pierson, a star on our high school basketball team."
Simon recalled in his autobiography thatTimely ComicspublisherMartin Goodmangave him the go-ahead and directed that a Captain America solo comic book series be published as soon as possible.(1)
Fictional Character Biography
Steve Rogers was a scrawny fine arts student growing up during the Great Depression. His alcoholic father died when Steve was a child, and his mother passed away from pneumonia after he graduated high school. In early 1940, appalled at Nazi Germany’s horrific atrocities, Steve attempted to enlist in the army. Failing to pass physical requirements, he was invited to volunteer for Operation: Rebirth, a project intended to enhance US soldiers to the height of physical perfection via the inventions and discoveries of ProfessorAbraham Erskine. Rogers eagerly accepted and became the first test subject. After injections and ingestion of the"Super Soldier Serum,"Rogers was exposed to a controlled burst of"Vita-Rays"that activated and stabilized the chemicals in his system. The process successfully altered his physiology from its frail state to the maximum of human efficiency, including greatly enhanced musculature and reflexes. Soon after, Professor Erskine was assassinated by a Nazi operative, leaving Steve the sole beneficiary of Erskine’s genius. Renamed“Project: Rebirth,”variations of the Super-Soldier serum were subsequently tested, under inhuman conditions, on African-American soldiers. The most successful of these wasIsaiah Bradley, and Project: Rebirth’s resources were eventually absorbed into a multinational superhuman research project dubbedWeapon Plus.
Rogers was assigned to serve as an who served both as a counter-intelligence agent and a symbolic US hero to counter Nazi Germany's propaganda successes head by theRed Skull (Johann Shmidt). Wearing a costume based on his own design modeled after the American flag, Steve was given a triangular bulletproof shield, a personal sidearm and the codename Captain America, theSentinel of Liberty. He was also provided a cover identity as a clumsy infantry private at Camp Lehigh in Virginia. His first opponents included the Red Skull himself and Nazi attempts to duplicate Erskine’s serum with their own super soldiers. During a mission to the African nation ofWakanda, “Cap” befriended the nation’s rulerT’Chakaand obtained a sample of the rare metalVibranium. Subsequent experiments with this metal produced a uniquely indestructible Vibranium-steel alloy disc, which proved impossible to duplicate. The disc was given to Cap as his new shield.(2)
Powers and Abilities
Captain America has a number of enhanced abilities which is a result of the Super-Soldier serum. His abilities include enhanced mental faculties,master martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant, mastery of various weapons, expert marksman, master tactician, strategist and field commander.
He is also armed with an indestructable disc-shaped shield made of Vibranium which he uses as a projectile attack enemies from a distance and he also uses it to protect himself. The shape of the shield has changed throughout the years, the most common being disc-shaped.
Captain America has numerous allies, the first one being his best friendBucky Barnes. He also occasionally is helped by SamWilson/Falcon. Since he is one of the founding members of the Avengers, they help him when he is in need.
Captain America has made numerous enemies over the years, his archenemy beingRed Skull. Some of his other enemies includeCross Bones, Baron Zemo and Doctor Faustus.
Captain America: The First Avenger(2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger was the first Captain America movie and was the fifth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was directed byJoe Johnston. The movie featuredChris Evansas Captain America/Steve Rogers,Sebastian Stanas Bucky Barnes,Hayley Atwellas Peggy Carter, andHugo Weavingas Red Skull. The movie had mixed reviews and performed moderately at the box office.
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The Avengers was the first MCU movie which consisted of Iron man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk. The movie was directed byJoss Whedon. It featuredRobert Downey Jr.as Iron man,Chris Evansas Captain America,Chris Hemsworthas Thor,Mark Ruffaloas Hulk,Samuel Jackson as Nick FuryandTom Hiddlestonas Loki. The movie was a huge hit as it performed extremely well at the box office and received very good reviews. It is one of the highest grossing movies of all time.
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier(2014)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger and was the 9th installment in the MCU. It was directed by the Russo Brothers(Anthony Russo and Joe Russo). The movie featured Chris Evans reprising his role as Captain America, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, Scarlett Johannson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow and Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury. The movie was a huge success and performed amazingly at the box office. The Russo brothers' work was praised by everyone.
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron(2015)
Avengers: Age Of Ultron was the sequel to The Avengers and was the 11th installment in the MCU. It was directed byJoss Whedonand featuredRobert Downey Jr.as Iron man,Chris Evansas Captain America,Chris Hemsworthas Thor,Mark Ruffaloas Hulk,Samuel Jackson as Nick Fury,Scarlett Johannsonas Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow,Jeremy Renneras Hawkeye,Paul Bettanyas Vision,Elizabeth Olsenas Scarlet Witch,Aaron Taylor Johnsonas Quicksilver and Ultron voiced byJames Spader. The movie performed well both critically and financially.
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Captain America: Civil War(2016)
Captain America: Civil War is the 13th installment in the MCU. It was directed by the Russo Brothers(Anthony Russo and Joe Russo). The movie featuredRobert Downey Jr.as Iron man,Chris Evansas Captain America,Scarlett Johannsonas Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow,Jeremy Renneras Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as War Machine,Paul Bettanyas Vision,Elizabeth Olsenas Scarlet Witch,Chadwick Bosemanas Black Panther andTom Hollandas Spider-man. The movie was a huge hit, it performed extremely well financially and critically. It is considered to be the best superhero movie.