Actually, not really! But mostly because I haven’t seen many superhero movies outside of Captain America and Thor (I would like to see Iron Man and I’m looking forward to The Avengers, but I’m not interested in the old Superman, Spiderman or Batman films). Thor is not my favorite superhero; there are reasons why the Captain scores higher than him; simply in the sense of where he came from and how realistic he is (not to talk about character!)
For a large reason, the Captain didn’t come from space. Hahaha! But tha’s refreshing, because it seems like several superheroes like Superman came from outer space (they’re born in outer space and got sent to earth, ect). So they’re power doesn’t seem anything that super special because from where ever they come from, that’s normal. This applies to Thor; his superpowers are ‘normal’ in Asgard.
But with the Captain, he was born here on earth as a regular human being just like anyone of us; in fact sicker than many us. His character dimension felt real because he was a real being. So when he, a sickly, small solider was turned into this tall, muscular superhero, there was cause to let my jaw drop: because it was abnormal. And he didn’t change much when he became a superhero. He was still the same ol’ Steve Rogers, with the same convictions, the same heart, the same compassionate spirit. The only thing that changed about him was his size. And that’s pretty cool.
I also liked something regarding his new superhero powers, but actor Chris Evans said it better than I could: “He would crush the Olympics. Any Olympic sport he’s gonna dominate. He can jump higher, run faster, lift stronger weight, but he can be injured. He could roll an ankle and be out for the season. He’s not perfect, he’s not untouchable. So a lot of the effects, if I’m going to punch someone they’re not going to put them on a cable and fly them back 50 feet, but he’s going to go down, probably not getting back up, which I think humanizes it. It makes it something that, again, I think everyone can relate to a little bit more, which I really like.” *Bold added by me* If you don’t understand what Chris is saying, basically, it’s this: Captain America is a superhero, but he’s still a human being. The way he fights is amazing but realistic. So, that is another reason why I really like him.
The other part I like about him is his humility, which is already covered in my post, ‘Humble Heroes’. If you haven’t already, please take the time to read it if you run out of reading material.
Another thing I like about the Captain is in that he a human man, therefore, he’s not perfect. Steve Rogers still had sin in his life which made him feel even more real and dimensional. He swears when things get tough (minor swearing, I’ll grant). In the following scene after a tragic loss, he admits he wanted to get drunk, but was unable to because of his how his super-body functioned. I believe that alcohol is fine to drink but being drunk is something that God forbids. So, Steve Rogers still had sin in his life; and like I’ve just said, this made him feel more like someone who could have really existed. That’s not to excuse him from sinning, it’s just something I wanted to point out.
At any rate, the rest of this post is pictures, because I (and I’m sure my sister, fellow Captain pals, would really enjoy it too!) would like to do good picture post right about now.
TO THE LITTLE GUYS!