Captain America has always been one of America’s forefront and favorite superheroes. With so many exemplary human characteristics as well as superhuman powers, the heroic persona that the Cap presents is pretty easy to love. In his latest feature film, “Captain America: Civil War,” his noble characteristics will once again be showcased. It’s pretty easy to see why he is one of the most beloved American superheroes of all time. With all that is going on out there in the crazy “real” world, having a true hero to embrace that embodies the ideology upon which our country was founded is inspiring. Captain America may be a fictional character, but he exemplifies some of the patriotism that many of us still appreciate. Here are some of the reasons why we think that this year may be the Captain’s best year ever!
He’s Humble. Even the Captain will tell you that inside he’s just a kid from Brooklyn. Still deeply in touch with his roots, and in spite of his new heroic persona, Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) has not lost touch with his simple beginnings. Captain America was once a weak and sickly young man. In spite of his human frailties, Steve Rogers wanted nothing more than to serve his country in WWII and fight against the Nazi’s. Unfortunately, his physical body was never going to allow him to be a proper soldier. His unflappable spirit did not go unnoticed, however, and his can-do attitude was likely one of the main reasons why he was selected to receive the Super Soldier Serum that would eventually change Steve Roger’s life forever.
He’s Patriotic. Captain America’s suit is created using stars and stripes and the colors of the American Flag and this is by design. His getup, however, is not what makes Captain America a patriot. Captain America’s inception began in WWII, him being a part of what has been called “the greatest generation.” Because the Captain was part of some of the biggest historical events in history, his love for his country runs deep. Even before he became Captain America, when he was still Steve Rogers, he wanted nothing more than to join the army and be a part of serving his country. Preserving liberty, justice, and freedom is the obvious unspoken mantra of Captain America. And of course his awesome Captain America costume is RED, WHITE and BLUE!
He’s Imperfect. Let’s face it. Captain America has turbo speed, superhuman strength and is very easy on the eyes. In spite of all these amazing qualities, however, the guy retains an air of utter humility. The Captain's humble behavior likely stems from a hyper-awareness of his many flaws and imperfections. Inside his heart, Captain America still feels as if somehow he is not quite measuring up to what people expect of him and sometimes he feels like he doesn’t belong. His humility at times borders on insecurity and at times, he seems a bit unsure of his role.
He’s Admirable. When it comes to having a tight moral compass, no one is going to stay on the straight and narrow better than Captain America. Although perhaps a little naïve and overly trusting, Captain America has an unnerving ability to stay focused and always attempt to do the right thing. There is no ego involved in his agenda, either--he just chooses to do what’s right if for no other reason except that it needs doing.
He’s…(um)…Hot! Ok, let’s get real. That Super Soldier Serum made Steve Rogers into a hubba-hubba hunk of heroic manliness. He’s tall. He’s handsome. He’s strong, agile, fast, hardworking and never going to stop fighting for those things in which he believes. No wonder girls (and maybe even a few guys) are crushing on him…what’s not to love?
He’s Noble. Captain America does not compromise. When it comes to how he sees things and making correct choices, Captain America has his vision of how things need to go and in this, he is unfailing. Captain America is altruistic, honorable and duty-bound.
He’s Courageous. Captain America is not afraid to do what is needed. He will look evil straight in the eye and face it down. In “Captain America: Civil War” Captain America has to face a huge challenge when he finds himself in conflict with some of the other Avengers about how much the government should be allowed to be involved with how superheroes ultimately do their job.
He’s Resilient. Captain America simply cannot ignore his calling to do the right thing, even when at times he probably wishes he could. Captain America can be relied on to defend his country from all forms of tyranny and oppression and will never compromise his morals in his endeavor to perpetuate what’s genuine and right.
There is much about Captain America that every man or woman can relate to. He’s come a long way from being that gangly kid in Brooklyn. In many ways now Captain America is the personification of everything that America stands for and represents the best that America has to offer.
Captain America: Civil War. In theaters May 6, 2016.