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I love how all the aliens on Samurai Jack were robots so you could set them on fire, dismember them, and then chop their heads off but it’s still “safe for kids.”
This is not a stupid question. Despite the fact that he’s been in 3 major movies, some people still only think of Captain America as some guy who dresses in an American flag.
You’re not wrong. When he was created in the mid-40s, Cap was one of the biggest and most obvious American propaganda figures in comics. But then WWII ended and so did his popularity. Then Marvel ingeniously brought him back in the 60s and he became an allegory for those unsure of their place in society. Similar to the situation some veterans go through when returning to civilian life. He became the consummate man out of time, he struggled with the demons from his past and yet found a way to thrive in a new era.
Yes, Cap is a patriot but the most important thing about Cap’s character is he’s not blindly patriotic or loyal. He does what he believes to be the right thing and isn’t influenced by the government or agencies he’s worked with or for. He’s a boy scout and has been a long-time symbol of freedom, patriotism and hope, very much like Superman. However (I’m sure a lot of Superman fans would disagree) Superman is a loyal and blind ally of the US government, while Cap follows his own moral compass and what he believes to be the American way.
Steve Rogers has disavowed his alter-ego more than once when his views had differed with American ideals or US government actions. He’s even led an underground movement that opposed government sanctions.
Now to answer your question. Cap’s role on The Avengers is defacto leader. He’s the guy almost every member goes to for advice and leadership. That’s how it’s been ever since he was revived in issue #4. It’s hard not to follow a guy who always seems to do the right thing and has gotten himself out of tough situations despite the odds against him. If you’ve seen The Avengers, then you saw in the film how Cap directed the Avengers to their locations and gave them their instructions. That’s what he does best. He’s a master strategist. He’s also an expert on most forms of hand to hand combat, most weapons and have you seen the way the throws that shield?
Sorry this answer went on so long, I just have a soft spot for Captain America. He’s one of my favorite comic heroes. I know some have made a big deal about Sam taking over the role (which he’s done before) but I have a hard time getting upset about it. I’ve always seen Cap as similar to Spider-Man in that it doesn’t matter who’s under the costume. What matters is their heroic spirit and determination.
Thanks for you’re question, joels-shity-blog, and thank you for your service.
I’ll let the inaccurate side comment about Superman slide because this is an excellent description of Captain America for those who think he’s a two-dimensional “boy scout.”
Thanks for the praise & the ask. It’s a rather interesting question I’ve been mulling over. Keeping in mind my definition of “Lawful” (holding oneself to an externally-defined code), it would largely depend on the relationship with who is setting the standard for that code. There are three entities involved, and the result depends on the interplay between them. Those three entities are the Lawful Good character (LG for short), the object of Suspicion (OoS), and whoever is the writer of law (WoL) in question.
I would say there are 3 possible interpretations:
So there you have it. Three possibilities, some of the Lawful Good, some of them Chaotic Good. To me, the telling difference isn’t so much the Lawful Good character themself, but rather the Writer of Law. If the establisher of the external code actually is good, then it’s very straightforward. If not, then I’d leave it up to the GM, but for me there’s a strong case to be made for the character becoming chaotic.
Lady on the bus next to me: Tell me again- what are you not going to do in daycare today?
Little boy: I will not hit the teacher with a light saber.
Lady: And why are you not going to hit her with a light saber?
Boy: It is my toy, and my choice, but if I hit her with the light saber, I'm acting like a Sith.
Lady: Do you want to be a Sith?
Boy: No! I am Obi-Wan!