MCU Theory Proves Steve Roger’s Legacy Belonged To The Government, Too

Captain America’s world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one that seemed incredibly complex on the surface and has gained even more layers over the years. At first, the Shield and Steve Rogers represented patriotism and freedom for all, and even when he stepped off the ice, that feeling was rekindled. He’s been a movement for decades in his world and has inspired countless heroes in this era, but the dark truth about the hero is that his legacy is anything but heroic and barely Steve’s.

The main time when this became evident was when Steve was supposedly dead. It was a time when the world had to decipher what its next steps would be without such an impactful icon as Steve. While civilians suffered emotionally, the government was more concerned about lost assets when Steve went on the ice, especially since Hydra took over. As a result, SHIELD and Hydra immediately began working on reviving the Super Soldier program and did so with unlikely test subjects, like Isaiah Bradley.

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Isaiah received these tests against his will and was the only one to take their serum in a way that did not deform or kill him. Because of this, he was sent on a mission to take down the Winter Soldier during the Korean War. However, when he failed, he was imprisoned and forgotten until Sam Wilson rediscovered him and gave him the respect he deserved for his heroism. Because of this, even though Isaiah was technically the second Captain America, he was more of a guinea pig for the higher-ups, as they likely focused on his race as to why he couldn’t get the hero’s welcome he deserved. . Instead, someone else probably took his place.

As it was never confirmed, this could have been another test of a super soldier, and this Captain America was more traditional in costume when he took on the Red Guardian. In Black Widow, Red Guardian regaled his fellow inmates with a story of how he defeated Captain America using his own shield. While it sounded like a tall tale used to gain respect from the prisoners, Alexei continued to ask Natasha if Steve remembered him from their fight. Since Nat knew Steve and was there when he was Thawed, she knew he had never fought Alexei, meaning the Cap he fought was likely a top secret, final attempt to make the perfect Captain America. , sanctioned by the government.

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After this era, Steve would be unfrozen a few decades later, and after his retirement, the government once again had the opportunity to control the legacy with a Cap he could command. That’s when John Walker came into the picture, and although he didn’t have the serum at first, he was physically at his peak and ready to serve and take orders no matter what. arrived. Moreover, he brought with him a sense of security adapted by officials that made people feel safe on the surface but revealed an insecure man beneath the suit.

Ultimately, the dark timeline of Captain America’s legacy showed that Steve was truly the exception to the rule because he couldn’t be commanded or controlled. It was not created by a government; he was always himself and was empowered by a man who wanted a good leader. But because there was only one Steve, whoever came after never managed to shine or pale in comparison. Indeed, without Steve, Captain America was apparently gone, and anyone who took his place in the audience, like John Walker, didn’t know how to be their own hero. Fortunately, Sam Wilson has proven that when people are in control of the demand for power, it’s important to give that control to someone who will look them in the eye and say “no”.

Sharon D. Cole