Steve Rogers aka Captain America is one of the most renowned heroes of Marvel Universe. A true patriot with the heart of a soldier, Captain America is the epitome of goodness. His moral righteousness paired with a pure heart makes him one of the few characters who has lifted the powerful Mjolnir. In the comics, even the God of Thunder has claimed to follow Steve Rogers to hell, if he asks him to.
In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Steve Rogers was introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger. A measly underweight man of short stature, Steve Rogers deeply wishes to be drafted for the Second World War. His closest friend James Buchanan ‘Bucky’ Barnes is already a part of the armed forces, which drives Steve even more to be a part of the army.
His goodness of heart and sheer will finally paves way for him to be the part of the army. Chosen to be a test subject for a super-soldier serum, the sickly underweight Steve Rogers transforms into a towering hulk with enhanced strength, speed, and agility. Chris Evans, who played the role of Captain America earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of the true American patriot for eight years.
The success of the first Captain America movie and Marvel’s vision to create a linked universe soon prompted sequels to Captain America: The First Avenger. The second sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier received universal acclaim upon its release. Directed by the Russo Brothers, The Winter Soldier truly cemented the character of Captain America as a badass superhero in the espionage-superhero flick. The third sequel, Captain America: Civil War was a critical and commercial success.
As per Chris Evans’ contract, Marvel had to retire the character of Captain America, for now. Before Marvel decides to bring back Steve Rogers once again, we have 10 behind-the-scenes from the Captain America movies which totally blow away your mind. Interested? Let’s hop in!
1. No CGI, No Problem
In Captain America: Civil War, Bucky goes rogue as he is brain-washed by Baron Zemo. In an epic threeway chase where Bucky is fleeing away from Captain America and Black Panther, he happens to come across a motorbike being driven by someone under a bridge.
Physically inferior to both Steve Rogers and T’Challa, Bucky forcefully takes the bike midway from the driver with a theatrical display of aerobics and strength. Interestingly, the scene was done without using any CGI. Impressive, to say the least.
2. Nerds, Assemble!
In Civil War, Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson don’t gel well with each other. One being a wanted fugitive and the latter being a former US paratrooper, tensions were running high between the two. Their rocky alliance became a much needed comedic relief from the intense movie plot.
After Civil War was wrapped up, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes) raced against each other in their respective superhero costumes. Peak fanboy moment, ever!
3. Good Guys Don’t Fight
As Captain America uncovered the secret HYDRA infiltration in S.H.I.E.L.D., he instantly became an enemy of the state. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had many good moments where Steve Rogers, Natasha, and Sebastian Stan flung themselves into stylized and intense hand-to-hand combat.
According to the original script, Hawkeye had a role in The Winter Soldier too. As Captain America went rogue for the HYDRA controlled S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawkeye was supposed to fight Captain America as his duty as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s agent. Fortunately, both of them were on the same side in Captain America: Civil War.
4. Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
Captain America and Black Widow had great on-screen chemistry in the movies. Barring Chris Evans’ and Scarlett Johansson’s insanely good looks, their chemistry felt natural because their witty and subtly sexual banter was written by both of them.
From the opening scene of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Natasha kissing Rogers to avoid detection, both of them made a great pair. Sadly, it never blossomed into romance as Steve was still in love with Peggy Carter.
5. Foreshadowing, much?
Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull was the major antagonist in Captain America: The First Avenger. Released back in 2011, Red Skull seemingly dropped some spoilers for the future movies.
His quest for the Tesseract to become the most powerful man drove him mad. In one of his scenes, Red Skull tells his soldiers about the Yggdrasil, the tree which connects all the nine realms. In the scene, he also speaks about the Tesseract being a crown jewel in Odin’s vault. Lo and behold!
To prepare for the role of Sgt. Bucky Barnes, Sebastian Stan watched a lot of war movies and documentaries. During his preparation, he took a lot of inspiration from HBO’s critically acclaimed mini-series The Band of Brothers. Based on real events, The Band of Brothers was set on a single battalion named Easy Company during the Second World War.
Interestingly, Dominic Cooper played the role of Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. In The Band of Brothers, Dominic Cooper played the role of Allington in the first episode ‘Currahee’.
7. Thank You, RDJ!
Captain America might never have become so widely popular without Chris Evans playing the role. But surprisingly, Chris Evans had turned down the role of Captain America three times. But as fate would have it, Robert Downey Jr. convinced him to take up the role, and the rest is history.
Thank you, Iron Man, for saving the world and getting Evans to play the role of Steve Rogers.
8. Hard luck Getting Girls, Bucky!
If blessed with good looks was not enough, Chris Evans has also got an impressive height of 6 feet. Co-incidentally, Sebastian Stan measures the same height too.
To stay true to the comics, Captain America had to look visibly taller than Bucky Barnes. Using special camera angles, Chris Evans was made to look taller than Bucky. How the tables turned, Sgt. Bucky!
9. CANNOT. STOP. TOUCHING.
One of the most memorable scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe was Steve Rogers emerging from his chamber after getting injected with the super-soldier serum. A towering hunk with bulging biceps, broad chest, and glistening abs, he was a sight to behold.
Sharing our thought, Hayley Atwell, who played the role of Agent Peggy Carter was awestruck with Evan’s god-like physique. Barely able to control herself, she touched his chest which was filmed and put in the movie. We don’t blame you Peggy, we really don’t.
10. Do the German Way!
Stanley Tucci played a small but pivotal role in Captain America: The First Avenger as Dr. Eskine. His role of uplifting a sickly and timid Steve Rogers and turning him into Captain America made him an unforgettable character.
Funnily, Stanley Tucci wanted to play the role of Dr. Eskine so that he could use the German accent to speak his lines. Bizzare, but we are truly thankful Tucci’s heartful portrayal of a cheerful and wise mentor.