The Super Soldier is America’s greatest superhero figure and a national icon. He is supposed to be the best representation of all the values and ideals that the free world has been upholding with the blood of its citizens’ since ages. Captain America is the pinnacle of human evolution. He is also one of the kindest souls out there. A lot of his fans look up to him, and want to be him. But if you think you truly know Captain America for who he truly is, you are dead wrong. Presenting – 10 Top Secret Captain America facts Marvel will die before letting you know
10. He is older than Marvel Comics
It was the 1940’s. World War Two was still raging on in all its gory glory. The American populace were outraged after the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbour led to the death of thousands of innocent troops that were caught off-guard. The Americans were eager to go to war against the Axis powers. So Joe Simon and Jack Kirby decided to use this as an opportunity to launch the first Captain America issue. The character was incredibly popular and sold more than a million copies. After the war was over, Cap’s popularity subsided and he was made to be frozen in ice, resurfacing only years later to lead the Avengers when the time was right
9. He is hostile to the French
During World War Two, the country that suffered the most at the hands of the Axis powers other than Soviet Russia was probably France. The entire nation was invaded in one swift lightning speed attack called the Blitzkrieg. While the army soon surrendered due to overwhelming Nazi attacks, the entire world grew to hate the French during that time as they surrendered when they faced the enemy. Captain America, was also against the French decision to surrender. When a Nazi Alien asked him to give up, this was Captain America’s reply – “Surrender? Surrender? You think this ‘A’ on my head stands for France?” Clearly Cap does not know about the heroic adventures of the French resistance.
8. He romanced two generations of the Carter family
Peggy Carter will always be the one true love of Captain Marvel. She was the one that helped Cap get through the toughest of times during the War, his memories of her being the reason he could put a smile on his face even during the most perilous of situations. So when we saw an Old Peggy Carter suffering from Alzheimer’s disease meet Captain America at the end of The First Avenger movie, it broke our collective hearts. We thought that Cap’s love story has come to a tragic end but it just became weirder. Agent 13, the secret agent assigned by Nick Fury to guard Captain America, lived right next door to Cap’s apartment, posing as his neighbour. Agent 13, whose real name is Sharon Carter, is Peggy Carter’s niece in the movies while in the comics, she is Peggy’s younger sister!
7. Many of his World War Two allies and enemies are also alive till date!
It is extremely strange to see Captain America live and breathe, still in the pink of health and the prime of his life, even though he was born in the early 20th Century. His origin story also makes sense. He was frozen in ice under the depths of the Arctic Ocean, which is almost like suspended animation. But a lot his friends are also alive and still kicking ass like they used to.
Nick Fury, who led the Howling commandoes and fought alongside Captain America in World War Two, is practically ageless courtesy of the Infinity Formula. Dum Dum Dugan also takes regular doses of the same. Bucky Barnes has managed to be the same as he was due to a combination of genetic manipulation and cryogenic sleep. Red Skull has managed to stay alive by regularly cloning himself and transferring his consciousness to newer, healthier bodies. Arnim Zola is effectively an A.I after he transferred his mind to a computer.
6. He burned civilians to death in the 1950’s
Captain America represents the American Culture in its entirety. When the Second World War came, Captain America fought the Nazis tooth and nail. But after the war, the latest threat that came into existence was Communism. Joseph McCarthy, a prominent supporter of communist witch hunts, was all the rage in the 1950’s.
Captain America was a staunch supporter of McCarthyism, helping him burn suspected communists to death by spraying gasoline over them and killing them. He also led several mass lynching campaigns of people suspected of being communist sympathisers. Marvel later ret-conned those stories claiming that those stories were just the Hallucination of a crazy High School teacher posing as Captain America.
5. He was the President of the United States
You think only silver-tongued politicians could play that part? Well you are dead wrong mate!! Captain America is the epitome of everything Americana. He proved his mettle in kind when Captain America rose to the position of the President of the United Staes – the most powerful position in the world. It was a bestselling issue for Marvel’s ‘Comics Ultimates’ series. Captain America was not a President of the Conventional Kind. He never did anything behind closed doors and always found time to perform his duties as a superhero. The Ultimate American becomes the First American!
4. He lost his powers once and had to wear exoskeleton armour
It was in the 1990’s that Captain America’s body started rejecting the Super Soldier Serum in its veins. The result was simple – slowly and steadily, Cap lost all his Super Soldier powers. But that did not stop Steve Rogers from fighting evil guys and protecting innocent people from harm. Tony Stark designed the super-soldier exoskeleton armour just for Captain America. One of its many features were Vertigo Induction, which swiftly incapacitated foes without even hurting them. That is so Captain America!!
3. Does not age
One of the primary reasons for aging is cell decay. The more you exert yourself, the harder your cells have to work. The harder they work, the more they die and have to be replaced. But each cell only has a set amount of times it can replicate itself. When a considerable amount of cells no longer possess the power to replicate, that portion of your body starts to age. But that is where Captain America’s Super Soldier Serum comes in. Did you think an average human could have survived the icy depths of the Arctic Ocean like Cap did? The Serum grants his body cells the power to work at peak conditions, forever. This means that Captain America suffers negligible cell decay and therefore, cannot age. It also grants him an above average healing factor.
2. His blood is anti-Vampire
In Ultimate Comics Avengers #2, Daredevil is infected by a vampire bite and becomes a bloodsucker. His first target was none other than Captain America. In “Blade versus the Avengers” storyline, Captain America shows resistance against his vampire urges to suck blood when he is fighting the Russian Storm God Perun. At the end of the last issue of the series, Captain America fights alongside Blade, after realizing that his body has synthesised immunity to the Vampire infection.
1. He once had a giant spider!
During the Spider-Island arc, Captain America is kidnapped by the super-villain called the Jackal and is experimented upon. The genetic experiment on Captain America turns him into a huge spider. Now called the Spider-King, the giant spider had the star spangled banner on its chest and almost killed Spider-Man before the wall-crawler found the means to take him down. It was a strange and extremely creepy scene to see a giant spider in red, white and blue attack our favourite neighbourhood superhero.
“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just… do things