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Top Five Times Steve Rogers Retired His Captain America Identity

Cap was thought dead after being seemingly shot in 2007's Captain America #25. However, he was actually lost in time. When he returns, he decides in the 2009 one-shot Who Will Wield the Shield? that his replacement (his old partner James "Bucky" Barnes) should remain in the role...

I don't know if they ever make it clear what Steve saw exactly.

Anyhow, later in the issue, Steve meets with President Obama (Steve needed to get pardoned for going against the U.S. Government during the Civil War storyline)

Steve then becomes Commander Rogers, head of all superheroes in the United States. Here is his costume (he wore this costume when he got old, as well)...

During Fear Itself, though (by Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen and Wade Von Grawbadger), BuckyCap is seemingly killed, and in Fear Itself #4, Steve has to return to his old job...

(Luckily, Bucky managed to survive though Nick Fury's Infinity Formula and a lot of surgery).

2. Cap tells the government to talk to the hand

In Captain America #332 (by Mark Gruenwald, Tom Morgan and Bob McLeod), a group called the Commission gives Steve an ultimatum...

Steve basically tells them to take their shield and shove it.

A few issues after following the adventures of the NEW Captain America (the hero now known as USAgent), Steve's friends catch up with him and he decides to get back into being a hero...

He's now just the Captain...

The Commission turns out to have been manipulated by the Red Skull. Steve and the new Captain America stop him (mostly Steve) and the Commission offers him the job back without having to work for them directly. He turns them down, choosing to be his own man instead. The new Captain America, though, changes his mind...

1. Cap becomes a nomad...literally

Following the Secret Empire storyline, Cap was in a bad place. Not only did the Secret Empire succeed in turning many Americans against Cap through a smear campaign, but Cap learned that the head of the Secret Empire was actually the President of the United States, who kills himself in front of Cap. The next issue, Captain America #176 (by Steve Englehart and Sal Buscema), we see how much this freaked Cap out...

A couple of issues later, Steve decides to adopt a NEW identity instead of Captain America...

However, roughly six issues later, the fellow who took over as Captain America after Steve is brutally murdered by the Red Skull. Steve is moved to action...

That's the top five! Agree? Disagree? Let me know!

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