I Can Do This All Day.
Captain America and Peggy Carter’s dance was due for many years but Marvel made sure to give fans the most satisfying character arc in the MCU
Marvel has always been about superheroes that are relatable. Be it Iron Man’s pride, Thor’s PTSD or Steve Roger’s over-optimism — MCU gave us the best story arcs that were slightly different from comics. Here’s a look at the most satisfying story arc from MCU’s Infinity Saga — Captain America aka Steve Rogers.
Heads Up! A look at fan favourite Captain America’s MCU story
- The Rise of Captain America
- The First Avenger
- Saving the Winter Soldier
- The Age of Ultron
- Captain America on a Run
The First Avenger Rises
All Steve Rogers wanted was to serve his nation, despite his frail and seemingly unfit physique. He had no idea that life had bigger plans for him or that his destiny lay far ahead of the war times. As Captain became a part of the Super Soldier Program and went on to save the world from evil plans, he nosedived to his presumed death, only to wake up again, this time, almost 70 years in the future.
How does it feel; to open one’s eyes to an unfamiliar world? Steve may have been asleep for seven decades, but the cap surely hadn’t lost his marbles and his strength. As he blasted off the gates of S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to the outside world, his steps are only halted when the realisation of everything gone amiss hits him hard. The boards of salons, multinationals, and burger joints glare at him as the fastest cars zoom past him. He stops, Fury enters, and as Steve is made aware of where he is, he can only manage to say, “I had a date.”
Captain Steve Rogers life blanked out, only to begin again.
But, it must have been difficult. As we come to know in ‘The Winter Soldier’, Cap, who has been recruited by Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D., is keeping notes of all that he had slept through. Ideally, he wasn’t even supposed to be alive as per the natural laws of time, but then, the life of an Avenger is a tad different than us mere mortals. From the missed bands to the moving trends, Cap was methodical in taking notes. But, did he get the time to live it? Let’s take a look at our most righteous Avenger’s own life through the lens and length of the series.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve Rogers was a wispy man with a weak structure yet a strong will. He had the guts to take men twice his size, due to his sheer will. So determined was he to fight for his country that he enlisted himself again and again, with the hope that he would be picked at least once. He gets picked, only for a much bigger project; the Super Soldier.
A super-soldier was destined to be a person with the best traits of righteousness, strength, will, and intellect combined, and our Cap was just a fine specimen. He became one and got on with the purpose of his life, to destroy the enemies of America and humanity. Only that in the quest to do that, he sinks down the ice, along with the infamous Tesseract, leaving Peggy, and the rest of his life behind.
As Captain America wakes up after 70 years in Marvel universe. The only thing that he thinks can help him retain his sanity, is making a log of whatever is happening and what he has lost. He keeps a diary, boxes his feelings out. But Nick Fury has something else in mind. Creating a league of super fighters, he wants Cap by his side so that when the inevitable happens, Earth has heroes to bank upon.
Cap meets the insufferable Stark, sparks fly as egos clash. The Avengers don’t quite understand each other, but the villains are coming, and they have to be together, and it’s upon Cap to channelise his sense of right and wrong and do that.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
While we got a glimpse of Captain America’s superhero life coming back to normal in Marvel’s ‘The Avengers.’ His personal life was still amiss. He had left Peggy Carter back in his past, and the hopes and pangs of his first and only love as well.
But we see that as he is trying to adjust to the civilian life of several years ahead, he is also trying to track and find out what happened to the people of his past. He finds out about the fate of the war he was supposed to fight, and also a Peggy who is old, withered, and amnestic. Yet, within the pages of her wavering memories, stays the love she always had for Steve.
How heartbreaking it can be, to carry the coffin of the one true love of your life, having known that the time you could have had together was whiled away as you slept. Steve’s personal losses were too intensified — a love lost, a life ahead, and nothing of the past he pined for.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain Steve Rogers lived on, as an Avenger, fighting for the country, humanity as a whole. He finishes monsters, attends parties in formals of the bygone era, and smiles through it all, doling out even love advice. After all, he is ‘the world’s leading authority on waiting too long,’ as he tells Bruce. He may have women swooning over him, but Cap’s heart only beats for the one woman he ever loved. Peggy Carter, and we catch a glimpse of it when Scarlet Witch manipulates his mind.
Captain America On a Run
Captain’s sense of righteousness doesn’t go away with his entry in the 21st century, where ‘language’ is the first thing to get corrupted. He remains the same and fights the bad guys, just what he intended to. His squabbles with Tony Stark, disagreements with the authorities, and his ultimate breaking up with Nick Fury’s team. All of it is led by his own sense of doing what’s good for the world. Cap thinks from the heart and uses his brains to achieve what his heart suggests.
Captain America also is the most positive of all Marvel characters. Coping with his own issues after Thanos wipes half the avengers and Earth’s population. He never lets his guard down and is always there for his other friends. So when he gets a chance to redeem all the damage done by Thanos, he doesn’t think twice. He latches on to the hope and doesn’t give up.
When the war’s done and it’s time to send the stones back to the timelines they belonged to. Cap, for the first time, takes a leap of faith and takes the snap decision of living his life. Tony’s demise compels Steve to rethink what he had lost and if there was a chance, go back and live. And when and old and wrinkled Cap with a wedding ring on his fingers returns, we know that something did go right. Completing the marvellous Captain America story arc in the MCU.
A life so long, so cherished, so lived. Here’s raising a cheer to Captain America, who embraced the 21st century like his own, even if he didn’t belong.
Contributions By: Kadambari Srivastava and ShrishtyM