With one of the longest legacies in comic books, Captain America has been a huge part of Marvel Comics since his inception as anti-Nazi propaganda during the Second World War. Similarly, since his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger he has played a large role in several MCU movies. In The Best Captain America Comic Book Panel Recreations, we’re taking a look at where those two worlds meet and showcase the MCU’s best recreations of Captain America’s comic book exploits.
During Steve Roger’s introduction in the first Avengers movie, he flashes back to the final moments of Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as a scene of him being thawed out. Although the brief shot doesn’t involve Thor or Iron Man, who he would meet later in the film, the scene is a clear homage to Cap being discovered in 1964’s Avengers #4 (Vol. 1).
Thanos Destroy’s Captain America’s Shield
One of Avengers: Endgame’s most intense moments is the Thanos vs Captain America fight. The showdown sees Captain America finally prove his worthiness and wield Thor’s hammer Mjölnir, but also shows Thanos destroy (at least in part) Cap’s trusty Shield.
Although in the comics the scene is much quicker and Thanos smashes Cap’s Shield into pieces with one big hit, compared with the movie version which leaves most of the Shield intact, the scene is taken straight from the Infinity Gauntlet #3.
Winter Soldier vs Captain America’s Shield
Captain America: The Winter Soldier marked a big shift in the MCU, both in terms of delivering a more serious spy thriller style story for Cap, the truth about S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra, and the full story of what happened to Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier. The movie, of course, took a lot of inspiration from the Winter Soldier comic book, right down to some of the shots, in particular, a scene that sees Winter Soldier punching Captain America’s Shield, from Captain America #14.
Cap’s Hail HYDRA
In one of 2016’s most controversial comics, Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, it was revealed that Captain America had secretly been a HYDRA agent. The comic goes on to reveal a number of other twists and turns and explain how Captain America got caught up in HYDRA’s plans. The scene was contentious, to say the least, with many arguing that it hugely disrespected the character’s history against HYDRA and Nazi Germany. The panel in which Cap famously says “Hail Hydra” is echoed in Avengers: Endgame where Captain America pretends to be with HYDRA to get Loki’s sceptre away from Agent Sitwell.
Captain America is Worthy
Captain America is one of the most moral and honest characters in pop culture and has been deemed worthy enough to wield Thor’s hammer multiple times in the comics. But in the movies, it took over a decade of MCU films to get there. The idea of Captain America being worthy enough to lift Thor’s hammer is something teased as early as Avengers: Age of Ultron. The scene sees several Avengers try to lift the hammer, with Captain America being the only one to make it move. Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon has since confirmed that he believes Captain America could lift the hammer in Age of Ultron, but decided not to (for Thor’s sake). The fight with Thanos in Avengers Endgame, sees the Super Soldier wield finally lift the hammer on screen, and is reminiscent of a scene in which Cap wields Mjölnir in Fear Itself #7.
Who The Hell is Bucky?
2014’s Captain America was a game-changing movie for not only the MCU but superhero movies as a whole. In terms of the MCU, the film brought back Bucky Barnes and revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D was full of HYDRA Agents. For the superhero genre, the second Captain America film showed off how well the genre could incorporate others and deliver a more serious film.
After Steve Rogers slowly begins to uncover the identity of the Winter Soldier, he confronts him, and after a fight asks if he is Bucky, the Winter Soldier’s reaction (in both the movie and the comics) is “Who the hell is Bucky?”
Old Steve Rogers Hands Over the Shield
Avengers: Endgame delivers a not so happy ending, but a very emotional one, for Iron Man, but Captain America gets an extremely appropriate and happy send-off. Before the final shot of Captain America dancing happily with Peggy, an old version of Steve arrives to hand over his Shield to Sam.
The scene acts as a passing of the torch, and sets up the Disney + Falcon and Winter Soldier show, but also mirrors a similar scene in the comics (which had many more Avengers there to witness), where an ageing Cap hands over his Shield to the new Captain America.
Captain America has never been one to shy away from bullies, and Thanos is just about the biggest there is. In the build-up to the final fight of Avengers: Endgame Captain America readies himself to fight Thanos and his army despite being left with no allies. The scene, although there is no dialogue, bears a striking similarity to Captain America’s confrontation of Thano in the Infinity Gauntlet comic book.
Captain America Punches Hitler
The iconic cover to the first-ever issue of Captain America sees Steve Rogers punching Hitler in the face, something he’s gone on to do a number of times since. And although Captain America: The First Avengers couldn’t fit Steve punching the actual Hitler into its plot, the story still managed to weave the iconic scene into the movie. While Captain America is on his fundraising tour of America, part of his stage show is to punch Hitler in the face.
Captain America vs Iron Man
Despite taking a relatively liberal approach to the adaptation of the Civil War storyline (which you can see more in our post on the biggest differences Here). In short, the comics saw Captain America and Iron Man disagree over whether superheroes should register their secret identities with the government, rather than work as a team controlled by the U.N. (as we see in the MCU, where almost no hero has a secret identity). The movie did, however, take it’s time to mirror several scenes from the comic it’s loosely based on. The most iconic of which is the final confrontation between Captain America and Iron Man, where Iron Man fires an energy beam at Cap’s shield. The movie even goes that extra step in making sure we notice the moment by having a slight pause on the scene.
Cap’s First “Avengers Assemble”
Although teased at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron (where the scene cuts just after cap says “Avengers”), Captain America’s first on-screen rally cry for the avengers comes as every MCU hero gathers to take on Thanos and his army at the end of Avengers Endgame. The scene echoes his first “Avengers Assemble” from the comics, as seen on the cover of Avengers Vol. 1 #16 (1965) which although he wasn’t the first to say it, marked the dawn of a new era for the team, complete with a new line-up and a new leader.