Modern Myths: Captain America 2.0

Captain America The Winter Soldier

This movie will be about Steve:

The first Captain America Movie was about the creation of the Super Soldier Serum and how Captain America is initially a tool for propaganda until he jumps into the war for personal reasons.  The problem with the first movie was that you knew how it had to end.

When we see Cap in The Avengers, he is still isolated away from the world he doesn’t know.  Ultimately, like the rest of the characters, he is searching for his place on the team.  In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we get another closer look at Steve Rogers.  He’s assumed a role in S.H.I.E.L.D., but isn’t a mindless soldier following orders.

 

Steve Rogers Represents What is Right:

Steve is a good man, and as such, he expects to see the best out of others.  He will fight for the little guy and stand for what is right in any situation.  When it comes to ulterior motives, he doesn’t have any.  At least, he shouldn’t, because he is Captain America and America is the moral center of the world… right?  I expect to see Cap do what is right regardless of whose side his name may imply. 

 

Even in the comics, Cap butts heads with Tony Stark over the Superhuman Registration Act that sparks a Civil War among all heroes in the Marvel Universe.  Cap is more than a symbol for America, but for humanity.

[After watching the movie]

minor SPOILERS AHEAD!

Holy Amaze-Ballz Batman!  What a great sequel for the Captain America.  Ironman 3 was sweet! Thor: The Dark World was great.  Cap 2 was even better, and now S.H.I.E.L.D. has completely changed which really really sets the stage for The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron.  If you remember the end Avengers when Maria Hill asks Fury how he knows the heroes will return, and Fury’s reply is that they’ll return because we will need them to.

Captain America Represents Timelessness:

No matter how introspective Tony may become, he’s still is only scratching the surface of doing what is right. Even though Thor sacrifices in order to save the 9 Realms, he became a trickster like Loki in order to do it. However,  Cap is uncompromising in his will to do what is right. He won’t even fight his brainwashed best friend.  There is no other character in comics like this.  He is uncompromising, which is why what he does in Captain America is what he would have had to do no matter what.

It doesn’t matter if it’s the 1940s or next year; he will always always always do the right thing.   Just as Erksine told him, he needs to make sure he is a “good man.” That one statement is the main idea of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Steve asks himself the tough question: Can he be a soldier AND a good man? The Simple answer is, “NO.”  Agent Coulson put it best when he tries to explain to Steve that his moral backbone from the 1940s is exactly what will be needed heading into an uncertain future.

 The Wrap-Up:

How exhausting would it be to be around someone who is always nauseatingly moral?  Maybe that is just the way I see it, because I can’t relate to Steve Rogers that much.  I identify more-so with Thor and Bruce Banner (for reasons I will share in later posts).  This is the reason we have myths; to relate to, to look up to, and to learn from.  What is it that we learn from Captain  America and the choices he makes in The Winter Soldier?  The only thing it takes for evil to prevail is for good men (and women) to do nothing.

Should you see this movie?  Yes.  Should you take your kids? The action is all comic-book related and awesome, but I would take kids who were 10 or older if they wanted to see it.   What else to expect?  I believe that the word “ass” is in there once or twice.  Nothing more graphic than what your average 9-year-old hasn’t already heard on the playground.

Enjoy, and tell us what you thought.

~JB

 

 

 

 

 

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