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Ranking the MCU: The Road to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – #9

9. Captain America: The First Avenger

In July of 2011, we got introduced to the Red, White and Blue Avenger himself, Captain America. Chris Evans took on the role of Steve Rogers/ Captain America, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt/ Red Skull, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.

In the present day, scientists in the arctic find an old frozen WWII aircraft. In March Captain America: The First Avenger1942, in the town of Tønsberg in German-occupied Norway, a Nazi officer Johann Schmidt steal a mysterious artifact called the Tesseract, which has unknown powers. In New York City, Steve Rogers is once again rejected from joining the military due to health and physical problems. While with his best friend Sgt. James “Bucky” Barnes at the Stark Expo, where Rogers once again tries to enlist. While talking to Bucky about his desire to enlist, he is overheard by Dr. Abraham Erskine, who allows him to enlist. He is recruited into the Strategic Scientific Reserve as part of a “super-soldier” experiment being conducted by Dr. Erskine, Col. Chester Phillips, and British agent Peggy Carter. Col. Phillips is not convinced Rogers is the right candidate until he attempts to sacrifice himself on a dummy grenade. On the eve of his treatment, Dr. Erskine reveals to Steve that Schmidt underwent the same procedure, but it failed and suffered permanent side effects.

Schmidt and Dr. Arnim Zola harness the energies of the Tesseract, intending to use the power to fuel Zola’s inventions. Schmidt discovers Dr. Erskine’s location and dispatches MV5BMjA3Njc2NTM5OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTgzNjEzNQ@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1502,1000_AL_an assassin to kill him. Dr. Erskine begins the super-soldier treatment on Steve and injects him with a special serum and dosing him with “vita-rays”. When Steve Rogers emerges he is taller and more muscular. Just then the assassin kills Dr. Erskine and flees. Rogers chases him down but the assassin commits suicide with a cyanide capsule. When Dr. Erskine died his formula died with it, so not knowing what to do with Rogers, Senator Brandt send him to tour the nation as “Captain America” to promote and sell war bonds. In 1943 while in Italy, Rogers learns that his best friend Bucky’s unit is MIA and from a battle with Schmidt’s forces. Rogers immediately goes on a search for him with the help of Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, who help fly him beyond enemy lines. Rogers infiltrates the fortress of Schmidt’s Nazi division Hydra, freeing Barnes and the other prisoners. Rogers confronts Schmidt, who removes his skin mask to reveal a red, skull-like face that earned him the name “the Red Skull”. Schmidt and Arnim Zola escape and Rogers returns to base with Bucky and the freed soldiers.

Rogers recruits Bucky and a group of soldiers nicknaming themselves the “Howling Red SkullCommandos” to attack known Hydra bases. Stark outfits Rogers with a circular shield made out of vibranium, a rare, nearly indestructible metal and they begin shutting down Hydra facilities. The team later attempts to hijack a train carrying Arnim Zola. Rogers exceeds at capturing Zola but during the fight, Bucky falls from the train seemingly left for dead. Once in custody, Zola tells them where the final Hydra base is while Captain America leads a team to stop Red Skull from using Weapons of Mass Destruction on various U.S. cities. Rogers gets aboard Red Skulls aircraft and a fight ensues, with Red Skull grabbing the Tesseract causing him to dissolve into a bright light. The Tesseract then burns through the plane and falls into the ocean. With no way of landing the plane without setting off the bombs, Captain America crashes the plane into the Arctic. Stark recovers the Tesseract but cannot locate Captain America assuming him dead. Rogers awakens in a 1940s-style hospital room. He figures out from an old baseball radio broadcast radio that something is wrong, he flees outside and finds himself in present-day Times Square, where S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury informs him that he has been Captain America“asleep” for nearly 70 years. In a post-credits scene, Fury approaches Rogers and proposes a mission with worldwide ramifications.

Captain America: The First Avenger was in my opinion one of the best movies Marvel has ever done. The origin of Captain America, is one of the best comic book stories ever created so to see it on the big screen and the way they executed it was phenomenal. A lot of people were surprised that Red Skull was the first villain that Marvel went with for Captain America, personally I think that it was the right move and made the most sense when telling his story and establish Hydra in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

I personally believe this should be higher on the list but let us know what you think! Do you think that Captain America: The First Avenger is low on the list or should it be ranked higher? Let us know in the comments below!

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