NOTICE: This post contains SPOILERS from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
We all know Captain America. He marvel cinematic universe made him the ringleader of The Avengers alongside Iron Man, later he starred in the Civil War and finally he faced Thanos along with the rest of the heroes of the galaxy. This is the story we’ve all seen in the movies, but there’s so much more. The character is deeper than many people imagine.
Los origins of captain america they date back to 1940, when the world was being ravaged by World War II. Hitler and Nazi Germany invaded Europe with their Blitzkrieg War, leaving the United Kingdom isolated. Although the United States had not officially entered the war, it was participating in it by sending aid ships. Sooner or later, they would enter.
The origins of the First Avenger
Los artists and the comics world (and the rest of the arts) were influenced by and influenced World War II. Captain America was the answer to this conflict. He first appeared in 1941 in Captain America Comics #1, months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was created by Joe Simon y Jack Kirby.
It’s no secret that Captain America was created with propaganda purposes. It served to raise the morale of the people, inspire men and strengthen anti-Nazi sentiment throughout the world. And the best example of this is the famous scene in which Steve Rogers punches Hitler. We first saw him in the comics and later in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger.
Captain America was created at a time that needed noble figures. We weren’t at war yet, but everyone knew we were going to be. This is why Captain America was born; America needed a superpatriot. -Jack Kirby.
The Marvel movie reflects very well how the origins of Captain America were. it was very popular between the years 1941-1945, inspiring both boys and men to enlist to fight the evil Nazis. His popularity fell sharply after the war. The Captain was frozen in time. However, his legacy lived to the present day.
Later, Stan Lee took a new approach to the character during the Cold War: the communists were the enemy. His popularity waxed and waned over the years. He appeared in many comics, had his own series and appeared in others as a guest. His popularity didn’t skyrocket again until Chris Evans he put the suit on The First Avenger (2011). And there were no more ceilings.
The true meaning of Captain America
The most interesting point of Captain America (which has inspired this publication) is that all those who have worked with the character agree on an idea that goes beyond the war: it is a reflection of the problems affecting the US and ultimately the world.
Many of Captain America’s enemies started out as simply my vision of some problem plaguing the United States. That is, if you review my stages you will discover that there is not a single villain who is evil for the sake of it. They always stand up for something that I felt had to do with American society. – Mark Gruenwald, writer and cartoonist, for Comic Art.
During World War II, Captain America was a character who conveyed the need for protect the free world, the ideas of democracy, freedom and duty, and that he practiced “we leave no one behind” during his adventures. The US perspective has always been that of heroes and saviors. Nothing that the Hollywood war cinema has not repeated to us in each film.
After World War II, Captain America was adapting to the times: the cold war, the feminist movement, civil rights for African-Americans, crime… This made the ideas he conveyed collide head-on on more than one occasion with many political ideas. That her partner, Falcon, was an African-American who aspired protect Harlem It was not viewed favorably by many people. And less at present, that he is his successor.
And while the historical data is revealing, you don’t have to go that far to see all this. The captain america evolution in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it is a reflection of the disconnection of the United States with the values that it promulgates and that are the basis of the character.
Steve Rogers or Captain America fulfills his duty in WWII in Captain America: The First Avenger. He wakes up in the modern world and soon begins to see that that country he did not represent what he was fighting for (Captain America: Winter Soldier): secrets, corruption, lack of morals, betrayals, intolerance… Even his suit reflects the disconnection with its original role: it becomes darker, worn and loses the star on the chest.
The definitive break of Captain America occurs in Civil War, when he goes head-to-head against Tony Stark… who now represents the new American spirit as Iron Man. He doesn’t identify his friend and loses his identity. The quintessential American hero he becomes a criminal. He doesn’t display patriotism, but he upholds his values and remains close to Tony as his friend. Finally, he finds in Wakanda the world he has always sworn to defend.
Steve Rogers is one of the few people who has been able to raise and use Mjölnir of Thor. It is not something that only happens in Endgame, also in the comics. Because? Beyond the propaganda, the essence of Captain America is the human potential to do the right thing despite the consequences and selfish impulses. He is an idealized version of a good person. I’ve never stopped to think how cool my favorite Marvel character is.
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