Originating as a character featured in Timely Comics, the superhero Captain Steven Grant Rogers is the only living successful test subject of the ‘super soldier serum’, developed during World War II. Given extra strength, endurance and speed, as a national symbol of freedom, the patriotic soldier Captain America vowed to serve his country in any way he could.
America’s very own one-man army, Captain America has been fighting for his country for over 60 years, battling some of the most terrible villains in comic book history. Playing a big role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), actor Chris Evans offers an excellent portrayal of Captain America. We can’t wait to see more from him!
Captain America: Born in the 1940s
It was in 1940 that writer Joe Simon first sketched out his idea for a new character, initially naming the him ‘Super American’ before settling on ‘Captain America’. The character first appeared in Timely Comics’ (the predecessor to Marvel Comics) ‘Captain America Comics #1’ in March 1941.
Who is Captain America?
During World War II, patriotic solider Steve Rogers volunteered as a subject for the ‘super serum’ project. The ‘super soldier serum’ that he was injected with transformed his strength, endurance, agility, speed and healing power, and in turn he became the living symbol of freedom and hope. In the comics, the hero was left for dead after being frozen in ice. However, he awoke years later to continue his never-ending battle for freedom.
Captain America was the most successful comic book character during the wartime period, but after the war ended the character's popularity began to waver. The character was then discontinued in 1950 and whilst he enjoyed a brief revival in 1954, it wasn’t until 1964 that Captain America made his full comeback and he's been an ever-present in Marvel's comic books and films ever since.
Captain America: The first of his kind
With a costume that bears an American flag motif and an indestructible shield, Captain America has been fighting enemies on behalf of his country for over 70 years.
He was the first Marvel Comics character to have appeared in media outside of the comics, featuring in many films and TV series. Although other portrayals of Captain America have hit the screens over the years, the rebooted and revived version played by Chris Evans marked a revival in the character's popularity.
The Captain America Collection
So, you might be wondering which films Captain America has appeared in. Well, since the launch of the fictional shared universe (MCU), our favourite Marvel superhero has appeared in:
- Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
- The Avengers (2012)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
- Ant-Man (2015)
- Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
The latest film to hit the silver screen is of course Captain America; Civil War (2016). But, if you’re new to his heroics, it’s not the best place to start.
If you’d like to catch up on what’s been happening in the MCU to lead us to Civil War, here’s the films you’ll have to check out first:
The Avengers (2012)
It’s probably wise to watch this one. If you want to understand what split them up in Civil War, it might help to know how they came together as The Avengers.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Winter Soldier is the second Captain America film. In this one, you’ll find aspects of the storyline that are directly related to the third.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
You’ll have to watch this to understand why former Avengers allies Captain America and Iron Man are feuding in the first place.
What’s next for Captain America?
If you’ve already seen the latest with Captain America and want to know when you can get your next fix… well, unfortunately film fans, you’ve got a while to wait yet.
It’ll be in 2018 that we see the next instalments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Infinity War, with Avengers 4 coming the following year.
We might have to wait a while to see Captain America in all his glory, but, if you can’t hold out until then, we’ve got plenty of MCU films you can watch to refresh your memory.