Captain America is a fictional character that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. He was first appeared in Captain America Comics#1 from Timely Comics, which is the predecessor of Marvel Comics. Take a look below for 30 more fascinating and fun facts about Captain America.
1. Captain America: The First Avenger was the 5th live action adaptation of Captain America. There was also a television movie in 1944, two more television movies in 1979, and a theatrical release in 1990.
2. The production team used a combination of a green screen and physical tricks to create the illusion of the skinny version of Steve. Chris Evans was made smaller digitally in post production by the LOLA company, which specializes in digitally altering people.
3. Chris Evans declined the role of Captain America 3 times before finally agreeing. He was worried about the effects of fame on his private life.
4. Magneto and Wolverine were supposed to make an appearance in the Captain America movie, since both of them were in World War II, but the camoes were cancelled due to issues regarding character rights.
5. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who often fought the Axis power of World War II and it was Timely Comics’ most popular character during the wartime period.
6. He wears a costume with an American flag motif on it, and he utilized a nearly indestructible shield which he throws as a projectile.
7. His alter ego is Steve Rogers, who’s a frail young man that was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government’s efforts in World War II.
8. At the end of World War II, Captain America was trapped in ice and survived in suspended animation, until he was revived in the current day.
9. Even though he’s clearly out of his time, other superheroes respect him, which is why he became the leader of the Avengers.
10. While he has no superhuman powers, through the Super-Soldier Serum and the Vita-Ray treatment, he’s transformed and his strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability and healing are at the top of natural human potential.
11. Captain America’s body can regularly replenish the Super-Soldier Serum, which means that it never runs out and it never wears off.
12. Even though he doesn’t have superhuman strength, he is one of the few mortal beings that’s deemed worthy enough to wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir.
13. Captain America has vast battle experience and training, which makes him an expert tactician and one of the best field commanders. Thor has even stated that Captain America is one of the very few humans that he would take orders from and follow, “through the gates of Hades.”
14. He’s used multiple shields through his history, however, the most prevalent is an almost indestructible disc-shaped shield that’s made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional element, vibranium.
15. His uniform is made of a fire-retardant material, and he wears a lightweight, bulletproof duralumin scale armor beneath his uniform for added protection.
16. He has a custom specialized motorcycle that’s been heavily modified by the S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons laboratory. He also has a custom built battle van that was made by the Wakanda Design group, with the ability to change its color for disguise.
17. Most of his recurring enemies embody ideologies contrary to the American values that Captain America is shown to strive for and believe in.
18. Even though he’s labeled as the first Avenger, he’s actually the fifth Avenger. The first Avengers were Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.
19. The original Steve Rogers had many health problems, such as, asthma, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, epilepsy, sinusitis, chronic colds, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, fatigue, heart trouble, nervousness, and a family history of diabetes, cancer and stroke.
20. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Natasha Romanov, also known as Black Widow, mentions the Canadian agency called Department H, which is the organization that experiments on Wolverine and created the Canadian superhero team, Alpha Flight.
21. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was filmed with as few visual effects as possible. Anthony Mackie said that, “they wanted to stay with live action, which is a dying art form. If they could build it, they built it. If we could do it, we did it. They wanted to do as little CGI as possible. That’s why the movie looks so great.”
22. The Super-Soldier Serum extended his mental performance, which explains his tactical genius and extremely quick responses to problems. He also received a strong will and artistic abilities.
23. Steve Rogers wasn’t the only Captain America. William Nasland was selected to become the new Captain America when Rogers and Barnes disappeared at the end of the War.
24. He was the first superhero created in the Marvel universe. He was created to be the ultimate soldier and his creation sparked the uprising of villains in the Marvel universe.
25. Before he became Captain America, Steve Rogers was a fine arts student specialising in comic books.
26. He was almost named Super American. During World War II, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby wanted a character with a strong political standpoint because patriotic superheroes were very popular at the time.
27. In 1940, when an issue of Captain America punching Hitler was released, it received a lot of backlash. The creators received a ton of hate mail and threatening notes. In fact, the threats got so serious that the police protected status was posted.
28. Captain America’s shield was originally triangular. It was later changed to a circle in order to avoid similarities with Archie Comics superhero The Shield.
29. Sebastian Stan almost got the part of Captain America but he ended up landing the role of Bucky Barnes in The Winter Soldier.
30. At the end of the 2007 storyline, Civil War, the whole world was shocked to find that Captain America was assassinated. His death made so much noise that it made headlines, including the New York Times.
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EddieJune 9, 2018 at 1:46 am
I resent #22 in that it isn’t entirely accurate and it’s lack of due credit to Steve Rogers before the serum. Not everything special about Cap came out of a bottle.