The 10 Best Moments in the Captain America movies
If there is one character that embodies the ideal for what a superhero is it would be none other than Steve Rogers, otherwise known as Captain America played by Chris Evans. Honest to a fault, earnest caring and genuine Steve Rogers is the kind of person that makes everyone, even his enemies at the very least admire him. With three films in the MCU Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016) fans have been able to follow Steve’s story from his hometown of the Bronx in the 1940′ to modern day.
In the last seven years, audiences have seen Steve struggle with finding his place in a world that moved on without him but some ways stayed the same. By using the character of Steve and his alter ego Captain America, the films have allowed audiences to follow him coming to grips with the fact that no matter how advanced a society becomes technologically, war and hate are still apart of it. Even though Captain America films like all MCU films are highly entertaining, they do a fantastic job of addressing issues that plague society and it’s people in very realistic ways.
From the very beginning, it was obvious that Steve’s strong sense of right and wrong and his inability to stand aside when he sees an injustice being committee are at the very core of who he is as a person. One of the first scenes of Steve in Captain America: The First Avenger is of him sitting in a cinema watching a newsreel of allied forces fighting against Hydra. Despite his small stature and health concerns, Steve decides that he can’t sit and watch, he has to take action and decides to enlist to fight, and thus his path to becoming Captain America was paved.
After learning his best friend James ‘Bucky’ Barns (Sebastian Stan) was captured and held as a prisoner of war, Steve convinces British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and engineer Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) to help him rescue Bucky. With the help of other soldiers being held captive, Steve and Bucky are able to destroy the Hydra base and return to their home base providing the first substantial victory in the war against Hydra. Seeing how well they worked together and knowing that Hydra must be defeated Steve forms The Howling Commandos included Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi), James Montgomery Falsworth (JJ Feild), Timothy ‘Dum Dum’ Dugan (Neal McDonough) and Gabe Jones (Derek Luke). Using intelligence gathered by Stark and Agent Carter, The Howling Commandos are able to cripple Hydra.
Cap Gets His Shield
Since he became Captain America there have been two constants in Steve’s life, his shield and collaborating with a Stark. After his return from rescuing Bucky Howard provides Steve with a number of equipment upgrades, the most significant being his circular shield made of Vibranium. Receiving the shield was one of the most defining moments that lead to Steve’s evolution from a super soldier to becoming Captain America. Instead of just being a prop he utilizes it as both a defensive and offensive weapon, setting him apart from everyone else in the MCU.
A New World
On Your Left
Three years after waking up and two after the infamous battle of New York Steve has been adjusting to his new life as an agent in S.H.I.E.L.D. (I’m not spelling it out), and a member of The Avengers. By coincidence, he meets Sam Wilson a former USAF pararescueman and the two strike up a friendship. When Steve and Natasha Romanov (Scarlett Johannsen) turns up on his doorstep Sam agrees to help them. Meeting Sam was the first interaction Steve had where there weren’t any ulterior motives involved, and Sam being a retired soldier gave them a common bond and Steve friendship he didn’t have since Bucky’s death.
They Should’ve Gotten Off
What more can or needs to be said other than this fight scene is arguably one of the best in the entire MCU. Until this moment most of Steve’s fight scenes had taken place in open areas, or at least with more room than an elevator, but here these men and audiences got to see just how good he is at close quarters combat.
We Meet Again
Apart from looking cool and beginning one of the best fight scenes in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, what makes this moment between Steve and the Winter Soldier – revealed to be Bucky – soldier so good is that it sets up two significant storylines that continue through multiple films in the series. The first being the effects of PTSD. Like Tony, Bucky is shown to suffer from the condition due to the trauma he endured at the hands of Hydra scientists. The second storyline Steve’s how friendships changed, i.e. people who were once his friends became his enemies.
The Black Panther Lives
The first look at T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) wearing the iconic Black Panther suit in Captain America: Civil War (2016) was a bittersweet moment because he had to take up the mantle of as the protector of Wakanda after his father King T’Chaka ( John Kani) was killed in a terrorist attack. Fans of the character had been waiting for years to see him on screen and his introduction to the MCU did not disappoint, his appearance was all the more memorable and important due to Black Panther being the first Black character who would have his own solo film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Friend or Foe?
After several Wankandan humanitarian aid workers were killed due to an explosion resulting from Wanda’s ( Elizabeth Olsen) attempt to deflect a bomb, the team is told the UN is moving forward to pass the Sokovia Accords. Tony owning up to his part in what happened in Sokovia ( The Avengers: Age of Ultron) agrees that the team should have federal oversight, but Steve disagreed. Learning that Helmut Zemo was the real culprit behind the attack that killed King T’Chaka, Steve and Sam recruit Ant-Man and other members of the Avengers, while Tony and Rhodey do the same, resulting in a battle of strength, superpowers and witty remarks. Anyone watching knew that no one on either side was going to be serious because 1. they were friends and 2. The MCU had more movies coming down the pipe, but it was still great to see everyone have their own moment to shine and it was interesting to see how the individual powers matched up against each other. Also, fans got to see the new Spidey in action.
Team Cap or Team Iron Man?
The final fight in Captain America: Civil War between Tony and Steve was probably the most emotionally complex in the entire MCU because both men were fighting for people they loved. Tony fought from a place of anger and heartbreak because Steve knew Bucky had killed Tony’s parents – an event he was still dealing with emotionally – and he felt Steve betrayed his trust by not telling him and essentially chose Bucky’s side. Steve understood that Bucky didn’t kill the Starks because he wanted, and felt he shouldn’t be blamed for actions that occurred due to him being mind controlled. This fight was the first in the MCU where it felt like the stakes were truly high and the consequences would cause long-term consequences for the team.