Captain America: The Timeless Politics Of Marvel's First Avenger | NowThis
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look I didn't expect to be standing in front of you and 2018 seeing a 98 year old white guy represents my politics but that's where we are miracles can happen at least when it comes to Steve Rogers so here's what I'd like to pay tribute to his very impressive strong moral center cap has been a central figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years now and I argue he's by far the most consistent character to things that are constantly evident from the very beginning with cap his willingness to stick up for the little guy which for many years of his life was himself and his willingness to flout Authority when he thinks they're making the wrong moral decisions what's really interesting about cap is that even though he's the ultimate American super soldier he is incredibly distrustful of government and authoritative agencies and with good reason over the course of his trilogy and the Avengers movies we see him battle corrupt leadership and shield and Hydra and Russell with government and agency overreach they don't look that what they want unless we stopped I know I'm asking a lot price of freedom is high always has been it's a price I'm willing to pay and if I'm the only one then so be it but I'm willing to bet I'm not did you write that down first was it off the top EA the character of Captain America was created back in 1940 when in the real world world war two was raging writer and co-creator Joe Simon's that cap was actually a conscious political creation from the beginning he was designed to fight the Nazis and stand his moral opposition to their crimes against humanity Simon and the other writers were Jewish and Steve Rogers was their outlet as a response to the Nazis standing up for ideals and a politically isolationist era and the writers of the comic books would keep up with those overtly political themes over the years whatever the real world was facing cap was facing it too the movies really crystallized Steve Rogers politics for today's generation but these ideals were cemented in the comics a long time ago and what's really remarkable is that whether they were written in the 1940s 70s or 2000s they're all super relevant today though the Winter Soldier movie is set in 2014 the inspiration for the storyline comes from a Captain America comic from 1974 it's about a high-level government conspiracy surprise that Rodgers discovers were someone very high up the political totem pole turns out to be the leader of a terrorist group known as the secret Empire this was Marvel's response to the Watergate scandal that was happening at the time in America with that high-level leader heavily implied to be President Richard Nixon well I'm not a crook Rogers become so disillusioned with the US government during this time that he sheds the Captain America status and becomes nomad this is how they updated the government conspiracy storyline for the Winter Soldier movie we see this idealistic guy from the 1940s who slept through the Cold War really grapple with one that government officials are straight-up lying and colluding and to the idea that more guns means will be more safe does that sound familiar even today four years after the movie came out political players may change but political ideals don't Greatest Generation yes did some nasty stuff yeah we compromised sometimes in ways that made us not sleep so well but we did it so that people could be free this isn't freedom this is fear shield takes the world as it is not as we'd like it to be it's getting damn near past time for you to get with that program capital that's one of my favorite scenes in any Marvel movie because it's such a good illustration of what cat believes that we shouldn't be punishing people before they've committed a crime that we uphold innocent until proven guilty that government surveillance of innocent civilians is wrong that actual freedom is more important than an arms race in the name of security and that it's important to know when to compromise and when to hold your ground in a nod to Nomad Captain America drops his iconic shield at the end of civil war it's a hugely symbolic move for Rogers who's essentially shedding his superhero persona because he doesn't believe the Avengers or the US government are staying true to his ideals anymore that's also reflected in the comics and the issues that were published soon after 9/11 Captain America was one of the first superheroes to go to Afghanistan but in the course of this fight he's still questioning the US government policy like dropping bombs and discriminately in the Middle East and Asia and he struggles with placing in the sins of terrorists on the shoulders of an entire country or people cap represents so many values over so many generations the greatest generation that fought to liberate the world from fascism the post-war generation that quickly learned even democratic governments have their flaws but it's possible to still push for progress the post 9/11 generation that saw a massive increase in surveillance and arms in the name of security and who asked if it was worth losing other freedoms over and today understanding that in an increasingly interconnected and technologically advanced world it's important to prioritize individual freedom over government omniscience for a man out of his time his politics and his ideals are timeless

Why do we gotta bring up someone’s skin color cap doesn’t care that he is white he does what needs to be done

Next time someone asks me why Captain America is my favorite superhero, I'm going to send them to this video. You state eloquently the reasons I've been a Cap fan since the late 1960s.

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