- 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 Rogers, simply known as 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 enemies, the Red Skull, and developing a temporary hatred-turned-admiration towards the Baron of Germany, Heinrich Zemo, whose true intentions were to actually just protect his nation at any costs, while also developing a romantic relationship with his supervisor and trusted ally in the S.S.R., 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 into apparently defeating Hydra, and winning the entire war in the process.
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 their own freedom stripped away by tyranny.
After joining S.H.I.E.L.D. as a way to maintain peace and justice with the help of Black Widow, Captain America came into conflict with the Winter Soldier who was tasked in assassinating Nick Fury. Being blamed for the incident by Alexander Pierce, Rogers eventually discovered that Hydra, whom he thought had dissolved during the end of the Second World War (which was back in 1945), had existed in secret as a discreet parasite within S.H.I.E.L.D., and that they were planning to use Project Insight as a way to bring about a new world order, while at the same time, also learning that the mysterious Hydra operative known as the Winter Soldier was in fact his best friend Bucky Barnes, now operating as a brainwashed assassin. Along with Romanoff, Maria Hill and Sam Wilson, Rogers had ended the Hydra Uprising. With the immediate threat of HYDRA vanquished, Rogers embarked on a quest to locate Barnes, with the help of his new ally, Wilson.
Search for the Winter Soldier
Having to break the encrypted files of Barnes' information as the Winter Soldier, thanks to one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s known anonymous unaffiliated information breakers, Microchip. Decrypting the classified Winter Soldier files, Rogers and Wilson finally began their search for Barnes starting with Ideal Federal Savings Bank, the recent Hydra facility that previously contained Barnes. With their know information finally come in handy, and interrogated every single living member who were involved in the program since the aftermath of Hydra Uprising, eventually leading their final location, which was an abandoned Hydra facility, located in Siberia.
Unfortunately, Rogers and Wilson never found any signs of Barnes' presence, only to find themselves falling in a trap that was set by a strange man who've ran the facility since the days of the Cold War, besides Zola. The criminal mastermind then showed his presence to the two heroes, introducing himself to be Johann Fennhoff, a retired psychiatrist who was one of the notorious superiors of the Hydra's High Council and also helped Zola in the Winter Soldier Program through the usage of his greatest accomplished brainwashing technique, the "Faustus" method. Answering Rogers' question, Fennhoff reveals that Barnes was not in the facility at the time, telling Rogers that Barnes himself wanted to find out more about his forgotten past as he tries recovering from being the Winter Soldier and his unwilling allegiance to Hydra, on his own.
As Fennhoff had attempted to escape the abandoned facility and leave both Rogers and Wilson to die fighting the five Winter Soldiers, he unexpectedly finds himself outside the base, hostilely surrounded by the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newly-founded, second incarnation. Having no other choice to seal Hydra's legacy into his grave, Fennhoff tried taking a cyanide pill as he shows his loyalty to to the organization, but one agent manages firing a tranquilizer at Fennhoff's neck by the last second, dropping the pill even before he could have put it on his mouth, with another agent even commenting that he's had enough with the suicide pills.
Fennhoff was then unconsciously cuffed and arrested by the agents, followed by some of the operatives trying to open the sealed entrance of the facility. It took the operatives a while trying to break before immediately entering the base to find Rogers and Wilson. Although they were able to find the two with the intention of rescuing them notorious super-soldiers, it was also revealed that the two has weren't so helpless at all, showing that they were able to successful handle all five of the Winter Soldiers and tackle them down in the process of the battle.
Fennhoff was taken into the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. afterwards, along with the Winter Soldiers, whom according to the organization, had decided to keep the five remained frozen in a cryogenic state, while they continue to find a solution until they'll be able to cure their mind's from Hydra's mental programming caused by Fennhoff's infamous Faustus method. Using information provided by the new Director Phil Coulson during their attack on the Arctic Hydra Research Facility, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill helped the Avengers locate the base and launch an assault on the next other head of Hydra remaining after Fennhoff's arrest, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
In the midst of his continuous search for Barnes, the Avengers were mobilized in order to eliminate the remnants of Hydra, prompting Rogers to abandon his quest and rejoin all of his teammates to help capture the Scepter and the other new head of Hydra besides Fennhoff, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Following securing their victory, Rogers and the Earth's mightiest heroes was almost immediately thrown into another crisis when Ultron, the peacekeeping artificial intelligent program and the former ally of the Avengers designed by Hank Pym and Tony Stark, began a plot to exterminate all life on earth and rebuild the entire planet its own wicked image. Following a prolonged and brutal conflict in which the Vision's creation gave them an advantage against the genocidal maniacal machine, Ultron was eventually defeated and was apparently destroyed for good.
Several weeks prior to the upcoming Ultimate War, he decided, but after he finds himself to be one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives who luckily survived various assassinations secretly plotted by Hydra mercenaries, he has since returned to action and rejoined the Avengers since, where he decided to led the second roster of the heroic team. The Nimrod Invasion was unexpectedly unleashed upon the United States of America as a part of Hydra's endgame after the events of Hydra Uprising, threatening the country into being torn apart by the organization's subsidiary group, the remaining anti-government militia faction of Hydra, which was revealed to be led by the state of Texas' own governor, Drew Daniels, who was also responsible for turning his state into an anti-government independent system. He and his team helped the return of Texas as a state of the United States, apprehending Daniels in the finale of the Battle of Texas, and continues to fight hostile forces across the world in completely ending the Hydra's Nimrod Invasion, once and for all.
On the heroes' first notable actions, they stopped a war between North and South Carolina that lasted for several days. Captain America led the Avengers during the battle for Wyoming against Hydra in which the heroes were triumphant and managed to reunite the shattered country. The chaos and destruction caused by the anti-government forces were eventually prevented further, thanks to the help of the reformation of the Ultimates' efforts on taking down Hydra in the wake of the attempt to tear the entire country apart.
However, unfortunate to the Earth's mightiest heroes, the Nimrod Invasion was just one of Hydra's stepping stone, a facade of a larger movement, so that movement could finally successfully launch its true schemes on world domination and supremacy. From that point on, the event simply known by its founders as the Movement, an ultimate global alliance of super-villains, criminals, terrorists, and rogue organizations all around the world, has finally commenced by the High Council of Hydra and its fellow founding foundations, in order to make their global protocol truly successful.
The Movement Alliance conducted a series of massive terrorist attacks all over the world destroying several famous and sacred landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and even the Great Wall of China, killing over 1,500 people on the very first day of their worldwide assault. Consequently, all the Movement's opposing adversaries, the heroes, were united into creating their own Ultimate Alliance, in order to stop and prevent the Movement from commencing its schemes upon world domination and authoritarian rule, before its too late.
As the attacks all over the world have continued for days and then weeks, more and more casualties are sadly, starting to increase in numbers, due to the extreme terrorism and serious devastation, continuously committed by the conflict between the Movement Alliance and its seemingly unstoppable forces against the combined forces heroes and anti-heroes of the world, the Ultimate Alliance, who are not stopping their fight against the villains until they find a way to make them pay for their irreversible actions and restore back peace in the entire world.
Whereas in this case, while the rest of the Avengers handles the threat ongoing at the cities of New York, Rogers decided on accompanying Director Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. in continuously finding out who was the highest superior leader of the Hydra faction, to which they have discovered the supposed mastermind to be Baron Zemo, with him publicly implying through the digital and billboards screens across the nation, that Hydra's motivation for founding, leading, and supporting the Movement was an act of vengeance against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of authorities since the Hydra Uprising and the Nimrod Invasion, all for not "seeing the bigger picture" of their plans for the future of the world.
An Unexpected Return
Since S.H.I.E.L.D. had found out Hydra's primary facility since the Hydra Uprising, the Captain and his tactical team unit (consisting some of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok, the modern-day Howling Commandos, and even his situational ally Taskmaster) had infiltrated the Movement's secret headquarters for Hydra, which was the Mount, located in Nevada. But, by the last moment, Rogers was locked inside the room with Zemo. Rogers then confronted Zemo. In their final duel, Rogers manages to get the upper hand over Zemo in hand-to-hand combat, where he had the chance to tear off the villain's mask. However, as he sees the mastermind's true face, Rogers could only stare in disbelief as Baron Zemo had turned and revealed his true face. Rogers was still in shock in awe as he stood still, only to find out that the true mastermind of Hydra's reemergence was his archnemesis during the Second World War, Johann Schmidt, the infamous Red Skull himself.
After explaining to Rogers and how he was able to survive during their last encounter and how he was able to retain his position as the primary head of Hydra once more, Johann distracted Rogers, regaining his higher ground and stroke some of Rogers' most dangerous pressure points, and thoroughly stabbed Rogers with his own knife through the stomach, extremely weakening him as he gives him uncontrollable pain. Schmidt then steps on Rogers' right elbow, tormentingly dislocating it in the process, and even uses his own shield as he mercilessly beats him into a bloody pulp. Schmidt then mentions Rogers that on foiling his plans for the Tesseract, decades ago, and tells him that he gets to slowly die first, even before he gets the chance to see the bigger picture and the unbreakable promise the Movement has already been planning upon this world, by changing it through scratch.
However, Rogers suddenly became optimistic and hopeful on winning the war as he told him that it was unlikely to happen, confusing Schmidt to what he had meant by what he just said. Miraculously, Rogers had narrowly escape a slow and painful death from the hands of Schmidt, after the rest of his team had accomplished infiltrating the Terror-Carriers and turning their systems against each other, or that's what he thought had entirely happened.
A Traitorous Victory
Unbeknownst to the Ultimate Alliance and the Movement Alliance themselves, the villainous union's main headquarters were actually suddenly destroyed in the process, all due to the actions of a mysterious Hydra operative-turned-traitor who was only known by the identity of Mark Gruler, who triggered the controls using Hydra's three heavily armed, satellite-linked Terror-Carriers against them, destroying their every base and facility. However, this following event made the heroes in creating the subsequent opportunity into confronting and defeating all the villainous leaders behind all of this, including Schmidt, and finally stop the conflict, and in this case, Rogers was going to apprehend the defeated Red Skull, right until the hero's victorious moment was abruptly interrupted when one of the Terror-Carrier crash lands on the Mount, in front of their very eyes, as it triggers a massive explosion during the collision, destroying the entire facility, where it killed most of the operatives inside as they were subsequently buried into the ground, and as well as leaving Schmidt's fate unknown, for now.
Luckily, Rogers to break out of the base by the very second the Terror-Carrier recklessly hits the Mount, as the latter gives him the chance on grabbing his shield and finally threw himself out of the facility and fell several feet, roughly sliding onto the ground below, as he uses his vibranium shield to absorb the impact of his fall. As the dust had cleared, Rogers stood up and looked up high in the distance at what has finally become of the Mount, seeing the sun rising under the devastating and distorted wreckage that ultimately costed their final victory in the end, followed by Rogers smiling in satisfaction, now that the war on Hydra against America, and the rest of the Movement all over the world, was finally over. Afterwards, came the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicopters arriving at the scene, who helped him to return back to Manhattan and meet the rest of the Ultimate Alliance as they proclaim their rewarding triumph, and momentarily celebrated in saving the world from the hands of the tyrannical Movement.
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. Abraham 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
- Various advanced technology equipment
- S.H.I.E.L.D. issue communications equipment
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet
- Motorcycle (formerly; destroyed)
- Captain America's arsenal
- Needle pistols
- Various conventional firearms
- Plasma pistols and rifles
- Pistol (formerly)
- Assault Rifle (formerly)
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Avengers Vol 1 1
- No trivia.
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