As I watch this film again, I’m reminded of the greatness of this entire trilogy of films. All three Captain America films are entirely fantastic and tell a great story chronicling the journey of Steve Rodgers. The First Avenger plays the most crucial role in this by setting up Steve Rodgers character. This probably seems like a ridiculous statement, it’s an origin story, of course, it sets up his character. What I mean is it shows you who he is as a person, the foundations of the characters being. It doesn’t just set up the character, it sets up his character.
It’s really what this whole film is about. Character.
Steve Rodgers hates bullies, which means even though he will get beat down every time, he’s still standing up for the little guy and what he believes. That’s what this movie is at its core.
This sets the foundation for the rest of Captain America’s story throughout the rest of the MCU. Honestly, the most critical scene in Steve Rodgers story, setting the tone for every decision he makes for the rest of his life, is the conversation he has with Dr. Erskine.
In the scene, the two of them are talking before the procedure happening the next day, you know, the one turning him into a super soldier. Erskine tells Steve the story of his serum and the science behind it, telling him it amplifies what’s already inside, good becomes great, bad becomes worse. He says this is why Steve was chosen, not because he was the strongest of the fastest, but because he was a good man.
Honestly, I still get chills watching the scene, because it’s so powerful.
Captain America, The First Avenger, is a reminder to all of us I think about how to live our lives. In a world so filled with hate, anger, injustice, and all sorts of other horrible things, Captain America is an example of how to stand up for those in need and take care of those who can’t take care of themselves, regardless of where they come from or who they are.
This film resonates with me at a much deeper level than most any other movie. When I’m watching a Captain America film or even reading a comic or book about him, I often find myself examining my own life and if I could stick to my principles or defend someone in a difficult or dangerous situation, the way he always does. Just something to think about.