Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explain Captain America's true superpower within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since the MCU's early days, Steve Rogers - as played by Chris Evans - has been one of the pillars of the franchise. Captain America's courage, loyalty, and perseverance have helped save the world multiple times, and bailed the Avengers out of many jams. That's all despite the fact that Steve's one true love, Peggy Carter, was ripped away from him in the 1940s.
Since being recovered from his frozen state by S.H.I.E.L.D. prior to 2012's The Avengers, Captain America has been doing his best to acclimate himself to a world and culture much different than the one he knew as a young man, all while trying to catch up with all the historical events and artistic achievements he missed while on ice. He's also of course continued to protect humanity from threats, although he and the rest of the Avengers unfortunately came up short against Thanos in last year's Avengers: Infinity War.
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As one of the few Marvel superheroes to survive Thanos' snap, Captain America is now at probably the lowest point of his life. His two closest friends are now dead, and many more of his heroic colleagues also perished. Even when faced with this adversity though, fans' belief that Steve will somehow find a way to put things right, and save the people he cares about persists. During a recent interview with Markus and McFeely, the duo explained to Screen Rant exactly what Cap's true superpower is, and the answer goes a long way toward understanding fans' unwavering faith in the star-spangled hero.
Christopher Markus: You know, the struggle of being an upstanding person in a fundamentally compromised society - Do you choose to isolate yourself and stand by your values or do you compromise to fit into current [society]? And even in those runs, that’s his superpower.
Stephen McFeely: He changes the world around him usually. He doesn’t usually change.
Markus and McFeely's answer above really gets to the heart of the matter, and does it in a way that harkens back to the reasons behind Dr. Erskine's decision to gift Steve with the super soldier serum in the first place. Steve Rogers was always a hero, and always a man one could rely on to do what was right. He just wasn't equipped by nature with the physical attributes to be a superhero. The serum gave Steve the ability to do what he wanted to do anyway, the right thing. Steve promised Erskine that he wouldn't change who he fundamentally was after he became powerful, and he never has, always remaining the kindhearted, principled hero he was before.
Steve has never been willing to compromise his beliefs to fit in with society, and has never been willing to take the easy way out when he sincerely believed the easy option was wrong, such as with accepting the Sokovia Accords. In that respect, Steve doesn't change, he instead changes society for the better, and perhaps that really is his greatest ability, even more than his amazing strength, speed, and agility. Unfortunately, not even Captain America's heroism might be enough to help him survive Avengers: Endgame. If he does die though, he'll definitely die a hero.
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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