It would be difficult for any moviegoer to take a star-spangled superhero seriously in this day and age, and yet, somehow, Marvel Studios has made that possible with its depiction of Captain America, in no small part due to the performance and dedication of actor Chris Evans. Unfortunately, it's likely that we won't be seeing Cap after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Evans tweeted a long farewell to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after filming for the upcoming Avengers film wrapped.
Over the past eight years, Rogers has become one of the most prominent and popular characters in the MCU, and with good reason. With the premiere of the highly anticipated end to the Infinity Saga just around the corner, now is the perfect time to look back at Cap's journey and how he affected the trajectory of the cinematic universe.
Steve Rogers was a good man looking for a chance to fight the good fight from the beginning. In Captain America: The First Avenger (directed by Joe Johnston), despite being a scrawny young man riddled with various health issues, Rogers tried desperately to get enlisted and fight Nazis in World War II. Becoming a soldier wasn't just something he wanted to achieve; he was ready to fight and stand up to anyone. We saw that much when he fought a bully who was disrupting a theater, despite his opponent being much bigger and much stronger.
That steadfast determination to fight for good was the reason why Dr. Erskine saw Rogers as the perfect subject for Project Rebirth.
The super soldier serum didn't change Steve Rogers as it had the Red Skull. It just made Rogers more eager to throw himself into danger in order to save lives and ensure evil could not win, regardless of what those in power had to say, which was the case when he heard Bucky had been captured.
Despite orders, Steve, with the help of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, flew behind enemy lines and ended up rescuing an entire battalion of captured soldiers and destroying a Nazi fortress. It was that willingness to give his life for others that ultimately caused him to crash into the Arctic, saving millions and ensuring that the Tesseract was hidden away from those who would abuse its power.
He awoke from his 70-year-long sleep to an entirely different world. Technology and society had advanced. The war he fought had ended and the struggles of his time had changed. He was alone in the world now and he had to come to terms with it. As a way of doing so, he threw himself into a new war.
The Avengers (directed Joss Whedon) introduced that new war, though the film showed a lot more than just his ability to fight alien invaders and deal with Tony Stark's ego. It showed us that Rogers had always been prepared to give people a chance to prove themselves. He knew about the monster within Bruce Banner, but that didn't seem to affect his treatment of the renowned scientist. He met Banner without fear and with the same kind of respect afforded to anyone else around him. It spoke to the kind of faith in humanity we would see from Cap in the films that followed.
While he maintained a relatively optimistic view of people, he didn't allow it to blind him and often took caution, even when it came to authority figures. Even Nick Fury, whom Rogers had seen to be a good man with Earth's best interests at heart, had not been able to earn Cap's full trust.
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