- You have your definition of a hero and I have mine --- and mine includes being a lot more aware.
- -- Captain America
- -- Captain America
Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers was born July 4, 1920, to poor Irish immigrant parents, Sarah and Joseph Rogers. Rogers grew up a frail youth during the Great Depression in America. Little else is known about Rogers' early life other than the fact that a strong sense of duty, honor, and humility was instilled in him; perhaps due to his Irish Catholic upbringing. Rogers' father died when he was a child and his mother died from pneumonia later, when he was in his late teens. But it was there that he met his best friend and savior, Bucky.
Becoming a Super-Soldier
Horrified by newsreel footage of Nazis ransacking Europe and atrocities in Asia that the Empire of Japan committed in China and Korea, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the Army around the time the United States entered World War II, but because time and again he failed the physical tests, he was rejected as 4-F because of his frailty and sickness. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea to fight for his country, Dr. Abraham Erskine of the US Army and a founder of the top secret American war agency, Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.), offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a top-secret performance-enhancing experiment called Operation Rebirth.
After weeks of to surgery and other experimental treatments, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Soldier Serum. In the final treatment, Erskine subjected Rogers to the super-soldier treatment, injecting him with the Super-Soldier Serum and dosing him with Vita-Rays. Steve Rogers emerged from the vita-ray chamber with a perfect human body. A Nazi spy named Heinz Kruger, who observed the experiment, assassinated Dr. Erskine mere minutes after its conclusion. Dr. Erskine died without fully committing the Super-Soldier formula to paper, leaving Rogers the sole beneficiary of his genius. Rogers pursued and captured Kruger but the assassin committed suicide via cyanide capsule, before he could be fully interrogated proving his loyalty to Hydra.
The Star-Spangled Man
Rather than use him on the battlefield he is toured across the nation to promote war bonds as Captain America, since he is the last and only success of the Super-Soldier Serum. While on one of his tours, Steve learns of Barnes unit being lost in battle. Refusing to believe he is dead, Steve goes on a solo rescue mission with the help of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. Steve infiltrates the Hydra base and frees the captured soldiers alongside Barnes. He eventually confronts Johann Schmidt, who reveals his true face, which a red colored disfigured and skull like, but later escapes with his assistant, Arnim Zola. Steve and Bucky manages to get out of the Hydra facility before it's complete destruction.
Rogers then recruited Bucky, Timothy Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Falsworth, Jacques Dernier, and Lieutenant Nick Fury to attack the other known bases belonging to Hydra. Stark provided Rogers with a new outfit and a new, circular shield made of Vibranium, capable of negating large amounts of damage.
His famous World War II exploits made him a living legend. Rogers attacked multiple Hydra quarters with his teammates now known as the Howling Commandos to the dismay of his greatest enemy, the Red Skull, while also developing a romantic relationship with Peggy Carter. Despite apparently losing Bucky during one of their missions, Rogers carried on to help the Allies win the war, with him finally having able in being close into defeating Hydra, and winning the entire war in the process.
The Final Sacrifice
In Schmidt's final plan to obliterate America with a Tesseract-powered plane called the Valkyrie, the plane was hijacked by Rogers, who damaged the device that transferred the Tesseract's power to the ship. Captain America told Red Skull this would not be his future and managed to throw his shield at Schmidt with great force, knocking him back and also managing to damage the Tesseract Cradle which was containing the Tesseract. In the panic of the moment, Schmidt grabbed the Tesseract, but to his horror, the object opened a portal and was ready to launch Schmidt into it.
Thankfully, even before Schmidt could have been melted and possibly teleported into the mysterious gateway by the Tesseract, Steve immediately threw his shield at Schmidt's right hand where he was holding the cube, knocking the Tesseract from the hands of the Red Skull, but at the cost of losing Schmidt's own hand in order to save him. With the cube now out of the Red Skull's reach, the Tesseract then melted a small hole in the plane and fell into the ocean, leaving its whereabouts unknown, for a long while. The Red Skull was finally defeated, but the Valkyrie had ultimately crashed into the Arctic, as a final act of sacrifice done by Rogers in order to save the world from the clutches of Hydra's destructive goals and devices.
His apparent death was one of the main reasons that led to the eventual formation of the peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which was founded by most of his most trusted allies: Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, General Chester Phillips, and General Nick Fury, Sr. for the sake of protecting the world from potential threats.
The Modern World
After 67 years, his crash site location was eventually founded during a search operation by S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives led by scientist Doctor Hank Pym, who brought his frozen body and the wrecked Valkyrie in the Triskelion in order to revive. Awakening in the 21st century, Rogers learned that he had spent too long trapped in the glacial ice, realizing that many of his oldest friends and loved ones were very likely dead.
When Nick Fury, the current Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., called upon Rogers to help save the world again, he once again suited up as Captain America, bringing his iconic shield to the Avengers during the Chitauri Invasion where he worked closely with Iron Man, the son of his friend Howard Stark. Fighting for the safety of innocent lives helped Rogers find his place in the new world as he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue protecting the world from people who would have its freedom stripped away.
Powers and Abilities
Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super-Soldier Serum (SSS) metabolized and permanently enhanced all of Rogers' bodily functions to beyond the peak of human potential. Dr. Eskrine described this potential as being "the next step in human evolution," while still remaining completely human, but was often called the "Perfect Man."
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Senses
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Mental Process
- Accelerated Healing Factor
- Advanced Longevity
|Power Grid |
- Master Combatant
- Master Shield Fighter
- Master Tactician and Strategist
- Advanced Military Operator
- Expert Marksman
- Weapons Proficiency
- Expert Vehicular driver
- Captain America's Shield
- Captain America's Uniform
- Motorcycle (Destroyed)
- Pistol (Formerly)
- Assault Rifle (Formerly)
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Avengers Vol 1 1
- No trivia.
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