Captain America is one of the biggest icons in popular culture, but there are some key differences between the MCU and Marvel Comics versions.
Captain America is one of the world’s greatest cultural icons, dating back to his first appearance in Captain America Comics # 1 in 1941. Despite the fact that he is so well known, some fans may not be aware that there are some differences between the version of Captain America that appears in Marvel Comics and the one that has been an important part of the MCU.
On the surface, both versions are the same, with a young Steve Rogers volunteering to become a hero for his country and then being stuck on ice for years. But when fans dig deeper, they find differences small and big in Captain America’s story. Although it remains the same at the core, each version is unique to its medium.
10 He was just Bucky’s partner
Fans know that Bucky Barnes is one of Captain America’s best friends in the MCU. But this was not always the case at Marvel Comics. In his early adventures and for most of Marvel history, Bucky was mostly Steve Rogers’ teenage sidekick. They were partners and allies, but they didn’t grow up together like they did in the MCU.
In the MCU, Bucky and Steve grew up in the same neighborhood and are much closer than the comic book versions. The comedy duo have grown close in recent years since Bucky’s resurrection as the Winter Soldier, but the backstory hasn’t changed.
9 He did not become a nomad
Although Captain America gives up his shield at the end of Captain America: Civil War, he never becomes a Nomad, as he did in the comics. Steve Rogers’ disillusionment with the US government causes him to stop being Captain America and go rogue disguised as Nomad due to some problems between Captain America # 180 and # 184.
Instead, another Captain America steps up and fights alongside Sam Wilson, but nothing goes well. Steve Rogers quickly returns to the fold and takes up the mantle.
8 Didn’t bring down the president
Captain America has fought against the pillars of power in the MCU, but unlike the comics, he never brought down a sitting American president. That’s what happened in “Secret Empire,” a shocking story that depicts some of the best Capitan America Comic editions from the 1970s.
In the story, Captain America uncovers a vast government conspiracy leading up to the White House with the president (never fully named or seen) as the undercover figure behind the insidious plot to destroy freedom.
7 He didn’t die fighting Thanos
In the MCU, Captain America was one of the Avengers who survived The Snap. In the comics, that was true too, but he didn’t exactly outlive Thanos. In The infinity gauntlet 90s miniseries that inspired the MCU, Thanos kills Captain America in his first battle.
Armed with the Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos is almighty. Still, it’s a shocking turn of events that shows just how big the stakes are. Captain America would sacrifice himself in the MCU, but he didn’t lose his life fighting to bring back all the people Thanos blew up.
6 He was part of the invaders
A major part of the Captain America comics story that the MCU has yet to adapt is The Invaders. This is mainly because some of the members of the WWII era superhero team, such as Namor and Human Torch, have not been available to the MCU until recently.
Captain America joined forces with the original Human Torch and Namor during the war. They were both characters from Timely Comics in the 1940s who were later incorporated into the Marvel Comics continuity as him. Now that Marvel Studios has the rights to Namor and the Human Torch, it is possible that the Invaders will appear in some form.
5 He was never a secret agent of Hydra
There are many major versions of Captain America in Marvel Comics that could still appear in the MCU. One he doesn’t have yet is the revealed version of Hydra as a secret agent dating back to WWII who later turned against America and toppled the government.
This great twist of the Secret empire The 2010s crossover was highly controversial with fans and unlikely to inspire a direct adaptation in the MCU, but it did get a subtle reference in Avengers Endgame when Captain America whispered “Hail Hydra” to confuse Hydra’s agents.
4 I was stuck in the ice only 20 years
The core elements of Captain America’s story are more or less in place in the MCU, including his freezing in ice. But in the comics, Captain America was only frozen for about 20 years. He was thawed in the early 1960s and joined the Avengers in Avengers # 4.
In the MCU, Captain America was frozen in ice from 1945 to the present day, 2011. This was necessary given the time of the MCU, but the passage of time has never really been addressed in the comics outside of the tales of the universe. alternate like Ultimate Comics.
3 He was in a relationship with Sharon Carter
In the MCU, Captain America and Sharon Carter have a brief romantic moment, but ultimately their heart is in Peggy Carter. At Marvel Comics, Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter have a much more involved and sustained relationship.
Comic book fans know that Sharon Carter is a SHIELD agent and has been one of Captain America’s closest allies and friends throughout much of his comic book history. The MCU version has gone in very different directions, with Sharon revealed as Power Broker.
2 Your shield is made of a different material
In the MCU, Captain America’s iconic shield is made from vibranium, the hardest known substance on Earth. In the comics, it is made from adamantium, another incredibly durable metal. Comic book fans know that Wolverine’s claws and skeleton are covered in adamantium.
Although vibranium predates adamantium in the comics by three years (first mentioned in Reckless # 13 in 1966, with adamantium appearing in 1969) Captain America’s shield was later reconfigured to be adamantium in origin. The MCU chose vibranium because the rights to Wolverine and adamantium were prohibited at the time.
1 Steve Rogers never got back with Peggy Carter
Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter is one of the MCU’s longest-running couples, and Steve returns with Peggy at the end of Avengers Endgame. In Marvel Comics, the two were lovers, but their romance never carried the same weight as in the MCU.
Steve Rogers never went back in time to be with Peggy, and he never struggled to get away from her as much as he did in the MCU. Although Peggy has since become a more prominent figure in the comics, for many years she was mostly an afterthought.
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