Captain America

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Name: 'Captain America
Abbreviation(s):
Creator: Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Date(s): December 1940 [1] - present (comics)
July 2011[2]- present (MCU)
Medium: comics
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Marvel Profile Page
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Captain America is a Marvel Comics series and part of the MCU movie franchise.

Canon

Comics

Main character is Steve Rogers, the alter ego of Captain America. He had been deemed unfit for military service, but was transformed in to the pinnacle of human perfection and the ultimate soldier. He carries on as Captain America, serving in WWII where he crashes a plane into the icy North Atlantic when trying to stop a villain.

Thanks to the Super Soldier Serum, the ice did not kill him, but instead kept him in a state of suspended animation. Years later he is found and when he wakes up, he joins the Avengers.

Cast

Captain America's supporting cast has grown to include:

Sharon Carter, Agent 13 of S.H.I.E.L.D. and his on-and-off girlfriend; Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, a man from Harlem with a pet falcon named Redwing, whom Cap convinces to become a superhero and later partners with; Jack Monroe, one of the "Buckys" of the 1950s, having been appointed to the role by President Truman after the real Cap and Bucky disappeared, and who takes on the persona "Nomad" (a title originally created and carried by Steve Rogers himself for a short time after being shocked by a Watergate-type scandal); Bernie Rosenthal, a glass-blower and law student whom Steve Rogers dates during a time when Sharon Carter is presumed dead; Arnie Roth, Steve's childhood friend from the '30s with whom he reunites in the '80s when Arnie's boyfriend is taken hostage by Baron Zemo.

Captain America's main adversaries include the Red Skull, Baron Zemo, Batroc the Leaper, Crossbones, Dr. Faustus, and Madame Hydra.

In 2005, writer Ed Brubaker ran a storyline about the "Winter Soldier", a Soviet assassin. By the end of the story, it is revealed that the Winter Soldier is none other than Bucky Barnes, Captain America's sidekick during WWII.

Civil War

During the 2006-2007 Civil War event, Captain America goes underground when he opposes the Superhuman Registration Act, which requires all superheroes to register their identities with the U.S. Government. While the government already knows his identity, Cap believes the act to be a violation of the civil liberties of other superheroes. This stance pits him against long time friend and fellow Avenger Iron Man. In the end, Captain America surrenders for the safety of the ordinary citizens, and he is arrested. Later, as he climbs the courthouse steps, he is shot four times--once in the shoulder and three times in the stomach--and he dies soon after arriving at the hospital. It is soon revealed that the fatal shots were fired by none other than his love, Sharon Carter, who had been brainwashed by Dr. Faustus and the Red Skull.

The mantle of Captain America is eventually taken up by Bucky Barnes.

Movieverse

See Captain America Movieverse for the full article about the movieverse of Captain America.

In July 2011 Marvel released the movie, Captain America: The First Avenger starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America. In April 2014, the sequel to the film, Captain America: The Winter Solider was released starring Evans as the main role again.

Fandom

As the spiritual center of the Marvel Universe, Captain America fandom is largely subsumed into general Marvel Comics fandom, with a more pronounced presence in the Avengers fandom.

Shipping

Canon pairings include Steve/Sharon, Steve/Bernie, and Steve/Rachel Leighton (reformed supervillian Diamondback)

Popular slash pairings include Steve/Tony (Iron Man), Steve/Sam, and Steve/Bucky.

Steve/Tony

Main article see Steve Rogers/Tony Stark

The main Steve/Tony community is cap_ironman.

On July 4th, 2007 Elspeth Dixon and Seanchai began posting Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption, the first Steve/Tony novel. Elspeth Dixon and Seanchai continue to be active in the fandom, and have been instrumental in its growth. They host the pairing's main archive, Tales of Suspense, which hosts fic and fanart.

Elspeth Dixon wrote the ship manifesto A Sword, A Horse, A Shield and a primer Printed Circuits: A Tony Stark character and fandom overview. Nix aka Crimson Quills ran a workshop on Writing Captain America/Iron Man and compiled The 62 Slashiest Moments.

Fanfiction

Captain America slash is more common than het or gen fanfiction. The main communities for slash are Marvel_Slash and cap_ironman (see Steve/Tony). Marvel_Drabbles features drabbles of all genres and ships. All genres of fic and drabbles featuring Steve Rogers could be found at MarvelFanFiction.com but the archive is no longer online.

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  1. Captain America Comics #1 debuts (first appearance)
  2. Captain America: The First Avenger film released
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