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|“||We must all live in the real world... and sometimes that world can be pretty grim. But it is the [American] Dream... the hope... that makes the reality worth living. In the early 1940's, I made a personal pledge to uphold the Dream... And as long as the Dream remains even partially unfulfilled, I cannot abandon it!||„|
|~ Captain America|
|~ Captain America quoting the Avengers' battlecry|
Captain America is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover dated March 1941) from Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic super-soldier who often fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period. The popularity of superheroes waned following the war, and the Captain America comic book was discontinued in 1950, with a short-lived revival in 1953. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.
The character wears a costume bearing an American flag motif, and he utilizes a nearly indestructible shield that he throws as a projectile. Captain America is the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government's efforts in World War II. Near the end of the war, he was trapped in ice and survived in suspended animation until he was revived in modern times. Although Captain America often struggles to maintain his ideals as a man out of his time, he remains a highly respected figure in his community, which includes becoming the long-time leader of the Avengers.
Captain America was the first Marvel Comics character to appear in media outside comics with the release of the 1944 movie serial, Captain America. Since then, the character has been featured in other films and television series. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the character is portrayed by Chris Evans. Captain America was ranked sixth on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" in 2011, second in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012, and second in their "Top 25 best Marvel superheroes" list in 2014.
Appearances in Idea Wiki
- A version of Captain America appears in The Amazing Avengers. This version is Peter Parker, who was once a freelance photographer working for Daily Bugle for the care of his ill aunt May, until he had his life ruined when trying to take pictures of Crimson Spider / Flash Thompson, who attacked him in a Super Soldier Serum facility in the blind belief that Peter was making him look bad to the citizens out of jealousy due to their past history. On the attack, Peter exposed himself to the facility's chemicals and infused with samples of the Super Soldier Serum which once turned Steve Rogers into Captain America. Right after J. Jonah Jameson (who showed no regard of Peter's condition) fired him for failing to obtain the pictures and his aunt and Uncle Ben were killed during a riot which Crimson Spider should (but did not) stop, Peter joined Pym Industries as the CEO Hank Pym's favorite prodigy and, using nanotech particles and resources provided by Pym, developed an Super-Soldier armor and a weapon projector (which grants him a sword, a shield, a non-lethal gun) composed of Vibranium and, united with his android sidekick Redwing, battles crime and inspires hope and humility on citizens as Captain America. He then became the leader of the Avengers. His actions would lead to the downfall of both Jameson (whom Peter exposes as the Black Reaper) and Crimson Spider.
- A version of Captain America appears as a main character in Ultimate Marvel: Earth-2.
- Captain America (based on his Ultimate Marvel: Earth-2 counterpart) appears as a main character in Marvel: All New, All Different Chronicles, voiced by Roger Craig Smith.
- Captain America appears as a supporting character in Marvel's Spider-Man: Webbed Champion, voiced by Roger Craig Smith. While his story is same as in the original until "School of Hard Knocks", he uses his visual appearance and attire from Avengers: Black Panther's Quest. He appears alongside his fellow Avengers in "City of Heroes, Part 5: Spiders in the Eagle's Shadow", helping Spider-Man stop Mister Negative and Taskmaster, and in "Brainstorm", where he helps Spider-Man's friends stop the riots on New York orchestrated by the Master Planner (Doctor Octopus in the Living Brain). Captain America then makes a short appearance in "The Parker Errand", on which he announces that he and the Avengers declare J. Jonah Jameson (who was standing trial for his crimes in "On the Tiger's Claws") guilty for covering the truth about the deaths of Peter Parker's parents years ago.
- Captain America appears in A Marvel Christmas Carol, voiced again by Roger Craig Smith.
- Captain America appears as a playable character in Marvel/DC Heroes Unite!, voiced again by Roger Craig Smith. He and the featured Marvel heroes team up with the DC superheroes and the Rookie hero/heroine to defeat Thanoseid. He and other experienced heroes (consisting of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain Marvel) act as mentors for the Rookie.