“I can do this all day!” … These 6 words best sum up the never-quitting spirit of Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America.
Steve Rogers/Captain America (played by actor Chris Evans) may not have been the first superhero to be created by Marvel, but he was the first superhero to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), namely the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures’ July 2011 film, “Captain America: The First Avenger”.
The movie, which was released 7 years ago, explored the origins of Rogers and his fight against the Red Skull and HYDRA during World War II. It was the final prelude to the crossover film, “The Avengers”, which was released in April 2012.
Evans would go on to hold a starring role in other Marvel films such as “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and the upcoming (as of yet untitled) Avengers 4 movie, which is expected to be released in May 2019. He has also had numerous cameos in other MCU films.
News of Evans hanging up his ‘Captain America’ shield shook the Internet earlier this month.
As of Friday afternoon today, that emotional Twitter post had been retweeted over 350,000 times and liked over 1.4 million times.
“You want to get off the train before they push you off,” Evans was quoted as saying in a report.
As a way of saying thanks to the 37-year-old actor who has done so much for the MCU franchise, Neue will be re-capping (pun intended!) some of Captain America’s most iconic scenes since he took on the role of becoming the first Avenger back in 2011.
(Warning! Possible spoilers ahead. You have been warned!)
#1. “I Can Do This All Day!” – Steve Rogers/Captain America
The skinny-looking Rogers from Brooklyn is still largely the same man we have come to know and love today. The only difference is he’s much stronger now.
A key moment in the 2011 movie “Captain America: The First Avenger” was when Rogers (without any super strength yet) confronted a jerk who was making a ruckus at a local cinema that had been showing the different ways soldiers and civilians can help with theWorld War II effort in 1941.
The guy thought it was boring and began to yell at the screen. When Rogers, who was sitting behind him, told him to be quiet, he stood up and took Rogers outside to an alley where he began to beat him up. Rogers tried to fight back, but the jerk continued to overpower him. Eventually, Roger’s friend Bucky Barnes (who would eventually become The Winter Soldier) arrived. Barnes helped Rogers and beat the jerk up himself.
One of the highlights here was when Rogers told the bully, “I could do this all day.”
Fast forward in time, and this was what Rogers said again. The only difference this time? He’s saying it to Iron Man!
#2. I’d Catch A Grenade For You! (Think of that song by Bruno Mars)
Dr Abraham Erskine (played by actor Stanley Tucci) was “looking for qualities beyond the physical”, and that’s exactly what he got with Rogers.
Rogers’s greatest moment was the one that proved his worth, came when Colonel Phillips (played by actor Tommy Lee Jones) throws a dummy grenade into a crowd. Everyone else scrambles out of the way.
Rogers jumps on the grenade, not hesitating to sacrifice himself in order to save others. Dr Erskine’s smile says, “This is the man we’ve been looking for!” (All videos courtesy of YouTube/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel)
#3. Friends, Enemies or Frenemies?
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” may be the only film in the MCU in which the most heroic moment is performed by the villain. The Winter Soldier, or Bucky if you prefer, is as much a victim as anyone in this story. He has been tortured and brainwashed repeatedly to play the role of the villain.
Despite this reprogramming, at the end of the film, after pseudo defeating our hero, Bucky manages to shake off his Winter Soldier persona for just long enough to drag Captain America to safety. This relatively simple act speaks not only to Bucky’s internal strength, but the bond he and Captain America share, which has been one of the driving forces of one of the favourite heroes in the MCU.
The bond between Captain America and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier has underpinned The First Avenger’s entire series, and continues to affect Captain America’s relationship with his fellow Avengers.
In “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, the two men were fighting aboard a damaged heli-carrier. That sequence ended with the suggestion that Barnes had remembered something of his childhood friend, as he saved him from a river and wandered off into the sunset.
Now, with Barnes implicated in the bombing of a United Nations treaty signing, Captain America has sought him out in a run-down apartment block, with the intention of protecting him from the authorities that intend to shoot him on sight.Captain America continues to believe in Bucky, and his faith is unshaken.
#4. Run, Captain, Run!
Soon after being successfully administered the Super Soldier serum , Rogers was s forced to spring into action and chase an undercover HYDRA agent who stole a vial of the serum.
Seeing Rogers get used to his powers is pretty fun, but the fact that he puts them to use right after gaining them makes the scene even more interesting. Steve clearly has some trouble adjusting to life as a superhero, but despite crashing into a window and apologising a number of times, he shows that he was what it takes to become Captain America. The chase scene captures who Rogers is as a character at that moment in time, and teases the kind of hero he’ll become in the future.
#5. Elevator Fight
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” solidified Captain America’s status as a true hero, and no scene demonstrated this like the elevator fight. Before taking out 10 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in a crowded elevator, he famously asks if anyone wants to get out. Foolishly, nobody takes up his offer, and the result was a fantastic fight sequence.
#6. Captain America’s Moving Speech
In this scene from “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”, Rogers gives what is arguably the best speech of his MCU career near the end of this movie when he’s asking loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to stand up against the organisation’s HYDRA operatives. He believes in the power of doing the right thing and serves as a point of inspiration for anyone who believes the same but might be scared to stand up.
“The price of freedom is high. It always has been … It’s a price I’m willing to pay. And if I’m the only one, then so be it. But I’m willing to bet I’m not,” said Captain America.
#7. Always Taking The Lead
As you can see from this scene taken from “The Avengers”, Captain America is clearly the only man with a commanding voice that could give orders like a true leader.
#8. He Almost Lifted Thor’s Hammer
In one of the funniest scenes from “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, the team can be seen trying to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Just about everyone gives it a try, but no one can even nudge it. However, when Captain America attempts to lift the hammer, it budges somewhat, causing a look of worry to cross the face of the typically arrogant Thor.
You can view the clip below:
#9. Captain Makes A Grand Entrance
In the “Avengers: Infinity War”, Wanda and Vision were in Scotland. They were about to part when Wanda saw news related to Tony and attack. Then suddenly Vision was attacked from the behind. The children of Thanos came for the mind stone.
Vision was already struggling with his powers and was not strong enough to fight both of them. Wanda engage them for a while and tried to take vision far away as much as possible. The children of Thanos attacked them in between and they fall down on a train platform. Then Vision asked Wanda to leave but she resisted and wanted to defend him till her last breath.
Both were already injured and Thanos children were proving to be more stronger then them. They were about to be defeated. All the hope was lost. They both were cornered and the children of Thanos approached towards them. A train was passing behind them and he stopped for a while as he saw something behind the train. It was none other than Captain America!
#10. He Stalled Thanos (For A Little While)
This scene from “Avengers: Infinity War” drove the Internet insane. Lots of people said they didn’t understand how Captain America (a human) could have achieved this feat – holding back the Mad Titan by using every ounce of his strength. How did he do it? After all, Thanos had beaten the heck out of Hulk without even using the power stone.
One theory is that Captain America didn’t actually hold Thanos back, but more like just stalled him. In some forums, people argued that Thanos was merely toying with Captain America. “It was more of a curiosity and being slightly amused than Cap actually stopping him. As soon as he saw he wasn’t a normal human, he treated him like on of the other fighters and knocked him out,” said one respondent.
Regardless, Neue strongly believes that this was one of Captain America’s most memorable scenes. (Sources: Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki, Comic Book Movie, SYFY Wire, Cinema Blend, We Got This Covered, Nerdist)
What’s your favourite Captain America moment?
Are you sad that Chris Evans is leaving? What do you think is going to happen to Captain America in the next Avengers movie? Will he perish? Will he be passing his shield to someone else?