Like many others, I can not wait for the upcoming The Avengers film. In my exuberance, I have begun a series looking at the individual character films for those who will make up the Avengers team. So far I have looked at Thor and the Hulk, which leaves only two more characters to explore.
Last year the film Captain America: The First Avenger was released as the final set-up story before The Avengers. The movie introduces us to Steve Rogers in the year 1942. Steve is a small man with a host of health issues who desires nothing more than to enlist in the army and serve his country in the war. He is continually turned down until he meets Dr. Abraham Erskine. Dr. Erskine recruits Steve to be a trial subject for a special serum he has created in the hopes of being able to make a “super-soldier.” Against all odds, the serum works. Steve suddenly finds himself a large, strong, fit man, capable of performing at the highest level of human extremes.
Through a series of events that aren’t important for the purposes of this post (you can always rent the movie if you are curious ), Steve wakes up from a cryogenic sleep in present day New York. He is approached by Nick Fury who explains to him where and when he is and asks him to be a part of a mission.
Steve Rogers is a very interesting character to me. It is not an uncommon convention for a super hero to be given the abilities that make him super through some circumstance later in life, but it is uncommon (at least in my limited super hero exposure) for that person to want to be a hero before he is super. Even when Steve was a scrawny guy that would get his @$$ kicked, he wanted to be able to help, to serve his country. This also gave him a compulsive need to prove himself.
I imagine that when Steve is forced to work with the other members of the Avengers team several different things will happen. Steve is the epitome of the “all American good boy,” which I am guessing will grow tiresome to some who have more, shall we say…boisterous, personalities (cough Thor and Stark cough). He is coming from the army where he was trained to be a part of a team and follow orders, whereas most of the others are used to being the leader and acting on their own. It seems very plausible to me that Steve will be overlooked, maybe even discredited, by the others; he is, after all, still the most vulnerable super of the lot. If this happens, Steve will eventually get fed up with it and his hot-tempered side, fueled by his old compulsions, will come out. We already know from the trailers that there will be tension and even some fighting amongst the Avengers themselves, and this could account for some of that.
I am also very interested to see how Steve is adjusting to the new time period in which he has been thrust. When we last saw him he had just learned that everyone he knew and loved is dead (if they aren’t dead, then they are really, really old). I am not sure how much time will have passed between the end of Captain America and the start of The Avengers, but that is quite a lot to get ones head around. There is no way that he will be unaffected by his loss, not to mention the culture shock of how different the world today is from that of 70 years ago.
I am really excited to get to see Steve Rogers again. I loved meeting him and finding out his story in Captain America: The First Avenger and can’t wait to see how he manages as one of the Avengers.
Did you see the Captain America film? What do you think about his character and how he will interact with the other Avengers? Do you agree with my speculation or do you have other theories? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.