Captain America — The One Who Stands

On the importance of being Steve Rogers

When Steve Rogers looks around, he does not see home. He has not been home for a long time. He will never be home again. Everyone he knew and grew up with is dead.

The so-called team he now leads has no soldiers. There is a one-man flying arsenal, a raging monster, a spy, an assassin, and a Norse god.

Even at the peak of his powers, Steve Rogers does not feel like this Captain America character everyone keeps talking about. On top of that, he does not feel like a war hero that everyone believes him to be.

So he frowns a little, and works out. He smiles and nods when people speak highly of him. He says “no problem” when people thank him for saving their lives. He keeps quiet when those around him speak about things he knows little about. If asked, he simply acknowledges his limitations.

Around him, in their hearts, everyone is freaking out. They are thinking — “This guy should be out of his mind. He should be weeping his eyes out; or at the very least, not being so god-damned good — at everything and to everyone.”

Steve Rogers’ Captain America embodies a kind of strength that will bow before neither enemy, not friend; neither expectations nor desires. More than any other hero, Steve Rogers is the one who can take it. He has no desire to be on the forefront. He watches, delegates, and provides feedback. Everyone working with him ends up wanting to become him — or to at least do things the way he wants them done. Some, upset by the example he sets before them, rebel and seek to justify their rebellion by questioning his credentials. Steve Rogers doesn’t answer them. He only reminds them of what is right and what is their duty.

More than any other Avenger, more than even the Hulk, Captain America is about strength. Strength of character, resolve, and will.