Marvel character highlight #19: Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Name: Steve Rogerscaptainamerica-fixed

Affil­i­a­tion: For­merly the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D., Avengers Unity Divi­sion, Illu­mi­nati, Invaders, U.S. Army, Secret Avengers, Cap­tain Amer­ica Corps, Secret Avengers, New Avengers

Spe­cial abil­i­ties: Enhanced speed, agility, reflexes, heal­ing and sta­mina com­pa­ra­ble to a man at the apex of phys­i­cal per­fec­tion. These are the result of his receiv­ing the Super Sol­dier Serum, designed to cre­ate the per­fect sol­dier who is resis­tant to dis­ease and injury.

Back­ground: Steve Rogers was a frail and sickly man rejected from the Army dur­ing World War II. After he is finally accepted through mul­ti­ple attempts, he is sub­jected to an exper­i­men­tal pro­ce­dure called the Super Sol­dier Project. Dur­ing this project, the frail Rogers is intra­venously and orally fed a mix­ture called the Super Sol­dier Serum and bom­barded by Vita Rays, designed to cre­ate the per­fect sol­dier. The cre­ator of the serum, Dr. Abra­ham Ersk­ine, is mur­dered min­utes after the suc­cess­ful pro­ce­dure and the for­mula is lost to his­tory thereafter.

Rogers is then sent on numer­ous mis­sions to serve the Allied wartime inter­ests of defeat­ing Nazi Ger­many and the Axis Pow­ers. Dur­ing a mis­sion circa 1945, Rogers and friend Bucky Barnes were attempt­ing to stop a bomb-laden plane launched by Baron Zemo. The plane exploded in mid-air, appar­ently killing Barnes and throw­ing Rogers into the ocean. Rogers then entered sus­pended ani­ma­tion, freez­ing into a glac­ier until his dis­cov­ery decades later by the Avengers as they were fight­ing against Namor.

Rogers, now thawed in the present day, joined the Avengers and led the team through many a cri­sis includ­ing stop­ping Baron Hel­mut Zero and a revived Red Skull, pre­vent­ing Onslaught from tak­ing over the world and destroy­ing real­ity, bring­ing an end to the Civil War — which led to his death at the hands of Red Skull and hyp­not­i­cally pos­sessed lover Sharon Carter — and par­tic­i­pat­ing in stop­ping the X-Men’s Phoenix Force from destroy­ing Earth.

Rela­tion­ships: James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes (Win­ter Soldier/Captain Amer­ica), best friend/partner; Sharon Carter, lover; Peggy Carter, lover; Sam Wil­son (Falcon/Captain Amer­ica), partner

First Ver­sus game appear­ance: Mar­vel Super Heroes

Appear­ances in other media: Cap­tain Amer­ica in: The Doom Tube of Dr. Mega­lo­mann (video game), Spider-Man and Cap­tain Amer­ica in Doc­tor Doom’s Revenge (video game), Cap­tain Amer­ica and the Avengers (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (video game), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3: Fate of Two Worlds (video game), Ulti­mate Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 3 (video game), Mar­vel vs. Street Fighter (video game), Spider-Man and Venom: Max­i­mum Car­nage (video game), Avengers in Galac­tic Storm (video game), Spider-Man and Venom: Sep­a­ra­tion Anx­i­ety (video game), Mar­vel Super Heroes: War of the Gems (video game), Spider-Man (video game), Spider-Man 2: Enter Elec­tro (video game), The Amaz­ing Spider-Man 2 (video game), Mar­vel Neme­sis: Rise of the Imper­fects (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance (video game), Mar­vel: Ulti­mate Alliance 2 (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad 2, Cap­tain Amer­ica: Super Sol­dier (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad Online (video game), Mar­vel Super Hero Squad: Comic Com­bat (video game), Mar­vel: Avengers Alliance (video game), Cap­tain Amer­ica: Sen­tinel of Lib­erty (video game), Mar­vel Avengers: Bat­tle for Earth (video game), Mar­vel Heroes (video game), Lego Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), Mar­vel Avengers Alliance Tac­tics (video game), Dis­ney Infin­ity: Mar­vel Super Heroes (video game), The Great Gold Steal (novel), Cap­tain Amer­ica: The First Avenger (film), Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier (film), Mar­vel Uni­verse: LIVE! (the­ater), Ulti­mate Avengers (ani­ma­tion), Ulti­mate Avengers 2: Rise of the Pan­ther (ani­ma­tion), The Avengers (film), The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (film; not yet released)

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