Captain America isn’t really a character that caught on immediately. If you look back at the first film, Captain America: The First Avenger, it was the second-lowest-performing film of Phase 1 — and it’s still the second lowest in the entire MCU, with only $370 million in worldwide grosses (only ahead of The Incredible Hulk). It was, by no means, a bad film, but it didn’t do much to set him apart from what mainstream audiences already thought of him — that he was a piece of American propaganda.
Was Cap a character who could actually hold up as a modern hero? It was unclear, initially. Luckily, Joss Whedon helped boost the character’s profile a bit in The Avengers, taking a leap of faith and allowing him to take his place as the leader of the team — despite the fact that Iron Man was the most popular in the group. It wasn’t until Captain America: The Winter Soldier that many people (this writer included) actually took to the character in the MCU.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like The Russo Brothers — who directed the film — didn’t care too much for the character either, as Joe Russo revealed to Telegraph India.
“We have a history of cross-pollinating genres, and we like deconstruction. Arrested Development dabbles in deconstruction. Community is a show about deconstruction. And those were the kind of books that we loved growing up. Captain America, we’ve said this before, was not one of our favourite characters. We found him a little flat and a little square, so we wanted to dimensionalise him by sending him on this journey that you’ll see continues in Avengers: Infinity War, where he goes from the most patriotic character to an insurgent. In a lot of ways it represents how it is that we feel about the world and our own growth and our own principles. So it’s been a very personal journey for us.”
This is a journey that led the character clashing with Stark in Captain America: Civil War, which was an amazing flip on how we were originally introduced to him. It explored the question of whether or not an altruistic hero could actually survive by simply taking orders from corrupt bureaucrats.
His journey will continue on in Avengers: Infinity War, and it sounds like he’ll likely be kicking the bucket in Avengers 4. While it’s definitely a little bitter that we’ll be saying sayonara to the man who’s fought his way into our hearts, it’s one hell of a character arc he’s gone, and one I won’t soon forget.
Team Cap forever!
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SOURCE: Telegraph India