I didn’t know anything about Captain America until I watched The Avengers. Captain America might as well have been a brand new superhero for me and when I first saw him I truly didn’t like him that much but my despise for the character didn’t last long. I soon grew to like Captain America more and more and now he’s truly become one of my favorite superheroes. So, today I’m super excited to share with you his amazing evolution throughout the years. Enjoy!
Captain America: The First Avenger
The First Avenger could’ve been a GREAT movie but it, unfortunately, fell a little flat about halfway through the film. But watching him go from a scrawny Army recruit who wanted nothing more than to serve his country to becoming a superhero who ended up saving the world was pretty fascinating. Steve Rogers is just a good, righteous guy, he doesn’t have a bad bone in his body, and that’s part of the reason why he’s so great. I love Captain America and I definitely had fun seeing the first leg of his journey.
The Avengers (2012)
The first time I ever saw Captain America on the big screen was in The Avengers and that was not a great introduction to his character. First of all, the suit is TERRIBLE. It’s way too tight, the stripes on his stomach make him look like he’s got a gut even though he doesn’t, the face mask is just horrendous, and overall he just looked very bad. The writers also didn’t know how to fully incorporate his perfect soldier attitude without making him seem too stern or out of place with the other Avengers and that also wasn’t a great thing for his character’s chances of being cool.
The Avengers didn’t really develop his character in the slightest. It only added him to the superhero team. Thankfully his next movie would completely change my view on the patriotic hero.
Captain America : The Winter Soldier (2014)
When Captain America returned two years later in his sequel it was like, “Whoa! Captain America has changed.” His haircut was different (and better I might add,) his suit, now a darker color with silver stripes instead of the traditional red, white, and blue, was so much cooler, and it felt like the character had finally come into his own. There was nothing corny or wack about him anymore. Captain America was the real deal and it showed in every bit of the movie, from beginning to the end.
This movie also brought some heavy development to his character as certain events made him question everything he had been fighting for and made him realize he couldn’t just follow orders willingly if he’s going to make the world a better place. The world had changed since he gone down in the ice decades before, S.H.I.E.L.D had transformed in his absence, and for him to protect the people of the world that meant he had to finally become the rebel rather than the “perfect” soldier that he once was.
It also set up the epic story line between him and his friend, Bucky Barnes, who he thought had died in The First Avenger. The fact that he was able to bring his friend back from the brainwashed world he had resided in for so long was not only a great development in their friendship but it was also just an emotionally perfect moment for the two best buddies. And that friendship, thankfully, only continued.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Like in The Avengers this movie didn’t do a lot when it came to developing the character of Captain America. Now, because the writers had obtained a better grip on his character and how he handles himself around others he wasn’t nearly as annoying as he had once been. He was a leader, he was a hero, and that’s about it when it comes to this movie.
Captain America: Civil War
Now Civil War was a huge test for Captain America as he had to face the obstacles of political conflict, the fracturing of The Avengers, and his unwavering friendship with Bucky which would lead to a terrible situation that almost cost him everything.
Throughout the movies he had graced previously Captain America’s antics and decisions were always the right ones to choose but during the events of Civil War everything was placed back on the drawing board and he had to choose between being a “perfect” patriot or a despised rebel. Captain America, in the first couple of movies, was exactly that, an impeccable soldier who didn’t ask what was right or what was wrong but that shows the growth and the maturity of his character. He’s now a leader in his own right and he has grown to distrust governments and crooked leadership. That’s why he couldn’t sign those Sokovia Accords. He just couldn’t bring himself to trust something leading him to what he believed would be ruin.
Some could say that his rebellious actions can be blamed for his self-righteousness, that he’s the only one who has the right idea, but you can’t blame him for being distrustful. When he came back to life nearly a century he “died” the organization that his one time girlfriend had helped found had been overrun by Hydra so of course he would be suspicious of governments.
There’s also the matter of his friendship with Bucky. Steve wasn’t going to let anything happen to his best friend, even if that meant nearly killing Iron Man to protect him. That sounds terrible but it shows how far Captain America was willing to go to save his best buddy.
Captain America grew a lot in Civil War. He realized that he wasn’t perfect and that he had made a mistake as he hid the terrible truth of Tony’s parents away from Iron Man to the detriment of their friendship. His rebellious actions led him to having to truly become a fugitive rather than the inspiring hero that he once was and that was a very shocking development for his character.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
It’s two years later and when Captain America returns, if that’s even his superhero name anymore, it’s going to be so OFF THE CHAIN! He’s now rocking a longer mane, a rad beard, and some Wakandan gauntlets that I am thrilled to see him use. I am SO EXCITED to see this movie I just don’t know what to do.
I thank you for reading this segment of The Evolution of and I hope you have a fantastic day.