- You have your definition of a hero and I have mine... And mine includes being a lot more aware of what's right and what's wrong...
- -- Captain America
- -- Captain America
Steven Grant "Steve" Rogers, was born in the early 1920s, to poor Irish immigrant parents, Sarah and Joseph Rogers. Rogers grew up a frail youth during the Great Depression in the United States of America. Little else is known about Rogers' early life other than the fact that a strong sense of duty, honor, and humility was instilled in him; perhaps due to his Irish Catholic upbringing. Rogers' father died when he was a child during his service in World War II and his mother died from pneumonia later, when he was in his late teens. But it was there that he met his best friend and savior, Bucky Barnes.
Becoming a Super-Soldier
Horrified by newsreel footage of Nazis ransacking Europe and atrocities in Asia that the Empire of Japan committed in China and Korea, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the Army around the time the United States entered World War II, but because time and again he failed the physical tests, he was rejected as 4-F because of his frailty and sickness. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea to fight for his country, Dr. Abraham Erskine of the US Army and a founder of the top secret American war agency, Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.), offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a top-secret performance-enhancing experiment called Operation Rebirth.
After weeks of to surgery and other experimental treatments, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Soldier Serum. In the final treatment, Erskine subjected Rogers to the super-soldier treatment, injecting him with the Super-Soldier Serum and dosing him with Vita-Rays. Steve Rogers emerged from the vita-ray chamber with a perfect human body. A Nazi spy named Heinz Kruger, who observed the experiment, assassinated Dr. Erskine mere minutes after its conclusion. Dr. Erskine died without fully committing the Super-Soldier formula to paper, leaving Rogers the sole beneficiary of his genius. Rogers pursued and captured Kruger but the assassin committed suicide via cyanide capsule, before he could be fully interrogated proving his loyalty to Hydra.
The Star-Spangled Man
Rather than use him on the battlefield he is toured across the nation to promote war bonds as Captain America, since he is the last and only success of the Super-Soldier Serum. While on one of his tours, Steve learns of Barnes unit being lost in battle. Refusing to believe he is dead, Steve goes on a solo rescue mission with the help of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. Steve infiltrates the Hydra base and frees the captured soldiers alongside Barnes. He eventually confronts Johann Schmidt, who reveals his true face, which a red colored disfigured and skull like, but later escapes with his assistant, Arnim Zola. Steve and Bucky manages to get out of the Hydra facility before it's complete destruction.
Rogers then recruited his fellow comrades starting with Bucky, Timothy Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Falsworth, Jacques Dernier, and Lieutenant Nick Fury to attack the other known bases belonging to Hydra. Stark provided Rogers with a new outfit and a new, circular shield made of Vibranium, capable of negating large amounts of damage.
His famous World War II exploits made him a living legend. Rogers attacked multiple Hydra quarters with his teammates now known as the Howling Commandos to the dismay of his greatest enemies, including the Red Skull, and developing a temporary hatred-turned-admiration towards the Baron of Germany, Heinrich Zemo, whose true intentions were to actually just protect his nation at any costs, while also developing a romantic relationship with his supervisor and trusted ally in the S.S.R., Peggy Carter. Despite apparently losing Bucky during one of their missions, Rogers carried on to help the Allies win the war, with him finally having able into apparently defeating Hydra, and winning the entire war in the process.
In Schmidt's final plan to obliterate America with a Tesseract-powered plane called the Valkyrie, the plane was hijacked by Rogers, who damaged the device that transferred the Tesseract's power to the ship. Captain America told Red Skull this would not be his future and managed to throw his shield at Schmidt with great force, knocking him back and also managing to damage the Tesseract Cradle which was containing the Tesseract. In the panic of the moment, Schmidt grabbed the Tesseract, but to his horror, the object opened a portal and was ready to launch Schmidt into it.
Thankfully, even before Schmidt could have been melted and possibly teleported into the mysterious gateway by the Tesseract, Steve immediately threw his shield at Schmidt's right hand where he was holding the cube, knocking the Tesseract from the hands of the Red Skull, but at the cost of losing Schmidt's own hand in order to save him. With the cube now out of the Red Skull's reach, the Tesseract then melted a small hole in the plane and fell into the ocean, leaving its whereabouts unknown, for a long while. The Red Skull was finally defeated, but the Valkyrie had ultimately crashed into the Arctic, as a final act of sacrifice done by Rogers in order to save the world from the clutches of Hydra's destructive goals and devices.
His apparent death was one of the main reasons that led to the eventual formation of the peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., which was founded by most of his most trusted allies: Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, General Chester Phillips, and General Nick Fury, Sr. for the sake of protecting the world from potential threats.
The Modern World
After 67 years, his crash site location was eventually founded during a search operation by S.H.I.E.L.D. and sent several S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives led by scientist Doctor Hank Pym, who brought his frozen body and the wrecked Valkyrie in the Triskelion in order to revive. Awakening in the 21st century, Rogers learned that he had spent too long trapped in the glacial ice, realizing that many of his oldest friends and loved ones were very likely dead.
When Nick Fury, the current Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., called upon Rogers to help save the world again, he once again suited up as Captain America, bringing his iconic shield to the Avengers during the Chitauri Invasion where he worked closely with Iron Man, the son of his friend Howard Stark. Fighting for the safety of innocent lives helped Rogers find his place in the new world as he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. to continue protecting the world from people who would have their own freedom stripped away by tyranny.
After joining S.H.I.E.L.D. as a way to maintain peace and justice with the help of Black Widow, Captain America came into conflict with the Winter Soldier who was tasked in assassinating Nick Fury. Being blamed for the incident by Alexander Pierce, Rogers eventually discovered that Hydra, whom he thought had dissolved during the end of the Second World War (which was back in 1945), had existed in secret as a discreet parasite within S.H.I.E.L.D., and that they were planning to use Project Insight as a way to bring about a new world order, while at the same time, also learning that the mysterious Hydra operative known as the Winter Soldier was in fact his best friend Bucky Barnes, now operating as a brainwashed assassin. Along with Romanoff, Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, and his future love interest Sharon Carter (who coincidentally was also Peggy's niece), Rogers had ended the Hydra Uprising. With the immediate threat of HYDRA vanquished, Rogers embarked on a quest to locate Barnes, with the help of his new ally, Wilson.
Search for the Winter Soldier
Having to break the encrypted files of Barnes' information as the Winter Soldier, thanks to one of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s known anonymous unaffiliated information breakers, Microchip. Decrypting the classified Winter Soldier files, Rogers and Wilson finally began their search for Barnes starting with Ideal Federal Savings Bank, the recent Hydra facility that previously contained Barnes. With their know information finally come in handy, and interrogated every single living member who were involved in the program since the aftermath of Hydra Uprising, eventually leading their final location, which was an abandoned Hydra facility, located in Siberia.
Unfortunately, Rogers and Wilson never found any signs of Barnes' presence, only to find themselves falling in a trap that was set by a strange man who've ran the facility since the days of the Cold War, besides Zola. The criminal mastermind then showed his presence to the two heroes, introducing himself to be Johann Fennhoff, a retired psychiatrist who was one of the notorious superiors of the Hydra's High Council and also helped Zola in the Winter Soldier Program through the usage of his greatest accomplished brainwashing technique, the "Faustus" method. Answering Rogers' question, Fennhoff reveals that Barnes was not in the facility at the time, telling Rogers that Barnes himself wanted to find out more about his forgotten past as he tries recovering from being the Winter Soldier and his unwilling allegiance to Hydra, on his own.
As Fennhoff had attempted to escape the abandoned facility and leave both Rogers and Wilson to die fighting the five Winter Soldiers, he unexpectedly finds himself outside the base, hostilely surrounded by the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s newly-founded, second incarnation. Having no other choice to seal Hydra's legacy into his grave, Fennhoff tried taking a cyanide pill as he shows his loyalty to to the organization, but one agent manages firing a tranquilizer at Fennhoff's neck by the last second, dropping the pill even before he could have put it on his mouth, with another agent even commenting that he's had enough with the suicide pills.
Avengers' War Against Hydra
Fennhoff was then unconsciously cuffed and arrested by the agents, followed by some of the operatives trying to open the sealed entrance of the facility. It took the operatives a while trying to break before immediately entering the base to find Rogers and Wilson. Although they were able to find the two with the intention of rescuing them notorious super-soldiers, it was also revealed that the two has weren't so helpless at all, showing that they were able to successful handle all five of the Winter Soldiers and tackle them down in the process of the battle.
Fennhoff was taken into the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D. afterwards, along with the Winter Soldiers, whom according to the organization, had decided to keep the five remained frozen in a cryogenic state, while they continue to find a solution until they'll be able to cure their mind's from Hydra's mental programming caused by Fennhoff's infamous Faustus method. Using information provided by the new Director Phil Coulson during their attack on the Arctic Hydra Research Facility, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill helped the Avengers locate the base and launch an assault on the next other head of Hydra remaining after Fennhoff's arrest, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker.
In the midst of his continuous search for Barnes, the Avengers were mobilized in order to eliminate the remnants of Hydra, prompting Rogers to abandon his quest and rejoin all of his teammates to help capture the Scepter and the other new head of Hydra besides Fennhoff, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Following securing their victory, Rogers and the Earth's mightiest heroes was almost immediately thrown into another crisis when Ultron, the peacekeeping artificial intelligent program and the former ally of the Avengers designed by Hank Pym and Tony Stark, began a plot to exterminate all life on earth and rebuild the entire planet its own wicked image. Following a prolonged and brutal conflict in which the Vision's creation gave them an advantage against the genocidal maniacal machine, Ultron was eventually defeated and was apparently destroyed for good.
Several weeks prior to the upcoming Ultimate War, he decided to take a break as the Star-Spangled hero trying to recover from the recent chaotic event, but after he finds himself to be one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives who luckily survived various assassinations secretly plotted by Hydra mercenaries, he has since returned to action and rejoined the Avengers since, where he decided to led the second roster of the heroic team. The Nimrod Invasion was unexpectedly unleashed upon the United States of America as a part of Hydra's endgame after the events of Hydra Uprising, threatening the country into being torn apart by the organization's subsidiary group, the remaining anti-government militia faction of Hydra, which was revealed to be led by the state of Texas' own governor, Drew Daniels, who was also responsible for turning his state into an anti-government independent system. He and his team helped the return of Texas as a state of the United States, apprehending Daniels in the finale of the Battle of Texas, and continues to fight hostile forces across the world in completely ending the Hydra's Nimrod Invasion, once and for all.
On the heroes' first notable actions, they stopped a war between North and South Carolina that lasted for several days. Captain America led the Avengers during the battle for Wyoming against Hydra in which the heroes were triumphant and managed to reunite the shattered country. The chaos and destruction caused by the anti-government forces were eventually prevented further, thanks to the help of the reformation of the Ultimates' efforts on taking down Hydra in the wake of the attempt to tear the entire country apart.
However, unfortunate to the Earth's mightiest heroes, the Nimrod Invasion was just one of Hydra's stepping stone, a facade of a larger movement, so that movement could finally successfully launch its true schemes on world domination and supremacy. From that point on, the event simply known by its founders as the Movement, an ultimate global alliance of super-villains, criminals, terrorists, and rogue organizations all around the world, has finally commenced by the High Council of Hydra and its fellow founding foundations, in order to make their global protocol truly successful.
The Movement Alliance conducted a series of massive terrorist attacks all over the world destroying several famous and sacred landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, Taj Mahal, and even the Great Wall of China, killing over 1,500 people on the very first day of their worldwide assault. Consequently, all the Movement's opposing adversaries, the heroes, were united into creating their own Ultimate Alliance, in order to stop and prevent the Movement from commencing its schemes upon world domination and authoritarian rule, before its too late.
As the attacks all over the world have continued for days and then weeks, more and more casualties are sadly, starting to increase in numbers, due to the extreme terrorism and serious devastation, continuously committed by the conflict between the Movement Alliance and its seemingly unstoppable forces against the combined forces heroes and anti-heroes of the world, the Ultimate Alliance, who are not stopping their fight against the villains until they find a way to make them pay for their irreversible actions and restore back peace in the entire world.
Whereas in this case, while the rest of the Avengers handles the threat ongoing at the cities of New York, Rogers decided on accompanying Director Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. in continuously finding out who was the highest superior leader of the Hydra faction, to which they have discovered the supposed mastermind to be Baron Zemo, with him publicly implying through the digital and billboards screens across the nation, that Hydra's motivation for founding, leading, and supporting the Movement was an act of vengeance against S.H.I.E.L.D. and the rest of authorities since the Hydra Uprising and the Nimrod Invasion, all for not "seeing the bigger picture" of their plans for the future of the world.
An Unexpected Return
Since S.H.I.E.L.D. had found out Hydra's primary facility since the Hydra Uprising, the Captain and his tactical team unit (consisting some of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deathlok, the modern-day Howling Commandos, and even his situational ally Taskmaster) had infiltrated the Movement's secret headquarters for Hydra, which was the Mount, located in Nevada. But, by the last moment, Rogers was locked inside the room with Zemo. Rogers then confronted Zemo. In their final duel, Rogers manages to get the upper hand over Zemo in hand-to-hand combat, where he had the chance to tear off the villain's mask. However, as he sees the mastermind's true face, Rogers could only stare in disbelief as Baron Zemo had turned and revealed his true face. Rogers was still in shock in awe as he stood still, only to find out that the true mastermind of Hydra's reemergence was his archnemesis during the Second World War, Johann Schmidt, the infamous Red Skull himself.
After explaining to Rogers and how he was able to survive during their last encounter and how he was able to retain his position as the primary head of Hydra once more, Johann distracted Rogers, regaining his higher ground and stroke some of Rogers' most dangerous pressure points, and thoroughly stabbed Rogers with his own knife through the stomach, extremely weakening him as he gives him uncontrollable pain. Schmidt then steps on Rogers' right elbow, tormentingly dislocating it in the process, and even uses his own shield as he mercilessly beats him into a bloody pulp. Schmidt then mentions Rogers that on foiling his plans for the Tesseract, decades ago, and tells him that he gets to slowly die first, even before he gets the chance to see the bigger picture and the unbreakable promise the Movement has already been planning upon this world, by changing it through scratch.
However, Rogers suddenly became optimistic and hopeful on winning the war as he told him that it was unlikely to happen, confusing Schmidt to what he had meant by what he just said. Miraculously, Rogers had narrowly escape a slow and painful death from the hands of Schmidt, after the rest of his team had accomplished infiltrating the Terror-Carriers and turning their systems against each other, or that's what he thought had entirely happened.
A Traitorous Victory
Unbeknownst to the Ultimate Alliance and the Movement Alliance themselves, the villainous union's main headquarters were actually suddenly destroyed in the process, all due to the actions of a mysterious Hydra operative-turned-traitor who was only known by the identity of Mark Gruler, who triggered the controls using Hydra's three heavily armed, satellite-linked Terror-Carriers against them, destroying their every base and facility. However, this following event made the heroes in creating the subsequent opportunity into confronting and defeating all the villainous leaders behind all of this, including Schmidt, and finally stop the conflict, and in this case, Rogers was going to apprehend the defeated Red Skull, right until the hero's victorious moment was abruptly interrupted when one of the Terror-Carrier crash lands on the Mount, in front of their very eyes, as it triggers a massive explosion during the collision, destroying the entire facility, where it killed most of the operatives inside as they were subsequently buried into the ground, and as well as leaving Schmidt's fate unknown, for now.
Luckily, Rogers to break out of the base by the very second the Terror-Carrier recklessly hits the Mount, as the latter gives him the chance on grabbing his shield and finally threw himself out of the facility and fell several feet, roughly sliding onto the ground below, as he uses his vibranium shield to absorb the impact of his fall. As the dust had cleared, Rogers stood up and looked up high in the distance at what has finally become of the Mount, seeing the sun rising under the devastating and distorted wreckage that ultimately costed their final victory in the end, followed by Rogers smiling in satisfaction, now that the war on Hydra against America, and the rest of the Movement all over the world, was finally over. Afterwards, came the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicopters arriving at the scene, who helped him to return back to Manhattan and meet the rest of the Ultimate Alliance as they proclaim their rewarding triumph, and momentarily celebrated in saving the world from the hands of the tyrannical Movement.
As a consequence of the entire world after the unfortunate events of Ultimate War, the Superhuman Registration Act was eventually implemented, which were a set of legal documents designed to regulate the activities of enhanced individuals, specifically those who work for either government agencies such as S.H.I.E.L.D. or for private organizations such as the Avengers, Defenders, and many more. Established by the United Nations and ratified by 117 nations, the act serves as a "middle point" between the Avengers' desire to secure world peace and the international community's concern over the repercussions of the actions caused by many superheroes all around the world. However, this led to a major conflict among the super-powered community, with one side (led by Rogers himself) opposed to the act resisting registration and the other side (led by Iron Man) supporting registration and trying to enforce the new law.
Unbeknownst to everyone besides Rogers and his closest of allies within the Anti-Registration organization, was semi-orchestrated by the mysterious terrorist Mark Gruler, who sought to exact revenge against the Avengers for his family's deaths during the Chitauri Invasion. On his plan trying to find and confront the true mastermind that has caused the war in the first place, Rogers tried to constantly convince Stark and his allies to help him, but the latter refused to listen, believing that Rogers was just having a hard time dealing to cope with the registration act, and the two factions engaged in a great chaotic fight across several locations throughout the country that resulted in overall mass destruction.
Despite all of this, however, the heroes against the legislative act used an effective distraction in order to give Rogers and few selected others a chance to track down the final true location of Gruler (who later revealed himself to be the son of the late deceased Baron Heinrich Zemo, Helmut) and confront him once and for all, subsequently defeating him and handing him to the authorities for his crimes, only to inevitably cause most members within the anti-registration to be arrested in the end for violating the act, imprisoning most of them for a long time inside the maximum security prison facility known as the Raft.
Only days after Rogers and the secret faction of the Avengers had successfully stopped Helmut Zemo, the true identity of Mark Gruler and the instigator of both superhuman Ultimate War and the Civil War, the heroic team officially disbanded in the meantime due to the fact that the registration act's continuation as a strict law of the nations, although a small portion of the Anti-Registration known as the Secret Avengers have courageously continued operating in the shadows while the others have remained hidden within settlements across the globe, keeping themselves as unnoticeable as possible from the strict authorities, including the Pro-Registration forces.
A stealthy invasion secretly planned by the ruthless Skrull race comes to fruition, as the Ultimates (both the 50-State Initiative of Iron Man and the Anti-Registration Forces of Captain America), S.H.I.E.L.D., the Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, and most of the Earth's super-powered individuals must unite to stop the conquering villainous extraterrestrial race, aided by the cosmic heroes, the Guardians of the Galaxy and the entire Ravager Network. During the end of the fighting, a seemingly reformed Norman Osborn, who was doing by the heroic ironed persona of the Iron Patriot, killed the escaping Veranke, the Skull Queen, which ended the war and the attempted invasion, once and for all.
At the time, the legal documents that is the Superhuman Registration Act, remained implemented right until the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, where both leaders of both sides, as it was first demanded by Stark for his old friend, demanded the United Nations to finally abolish the act, after both sides reunited into saving the Earth from the Skrull Invasion, ultimately ending the Superhuman Civil War, once and for all.
Osborn's Dark Reign
Much to Rogers' and rest of the heroic community's great surprise, Norman Osborn swiftly the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. in only a matter of months, having to manipulatively convince the entire world of his redemption and transformation as the former secret villain, Green Goblin, turned into the heroic Iron Patriot, re-branded it into H.A.M.M.E.R. and secretly formed his own dark society in order to control the world in their hands and steal the Avengers name from the team, with the Dark Avengers being publicly introduced as the new representatives of the Earth's mightiest heroes. As a result of Osborn's reign, Steve and the morally-righteous members of S.H.I.E.L.D., including the likes of his lover Sharon Carter and heroic fan Phil Coulson, were forced to go into hiding from the authoritarian forces of H.A.M.M.E.R., S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new incarnation under Osborn's directorship.
This idea was thankfully prevented by Rogers' patriotic motivation, who was also motivated by his long-time lover Sharon Carter to return into becoming Captain America in the public once more and inspire the people to fight back and take back the freedom that was rightfully theirs', something that immediately created the next reincarnation of the Avengers even before it was meant to happen, dismantling H.A.M.M.E.R. and reabsorbing its faction back to S.H.I.E.L.D. once again, returning Jeffrey Mace's position as secret co-directors along with Phil Coulson, which extremely enrages a now-fugitive Osborn and causes him and his Dark Avengers to rely on his back-up plan, the Siege of Asgard.
Having part of the Dark Avengers, Thor's diabolical cyborg clone, Ragnarok conveniently suggested Osborn and his teammates into leading an all-out assault on the city of Asgard, since he knew a secret way to enter the realm. The Ultimates, assembled by Rogers and his fellow Ultimate leaders, has led a rightful rebellion against Osborn's schemes, apprehending him once more to the authorities for his crimes against humanity, but at the cost of several casualties, including Loki, along with the half of the city's destruction at the hands of Osborn.
Threat of Thanos
When the cosmic surfer Norrin Radd came to Earth all the way from Asgard to warn Rogers and the heroes of Earth through telling Doctor Strange that the walord Mad Titan, Thanos, and his Black Order would attack Earth seeking the final Infinity Stone, Rogers came out of hiding in order to protect Vision. In order to keep the Vision safe, Rogers had brought him to Wakanda while he, Black Panther's army, and the reformed forces of the Ultimates held off the onslaught of Outriders and a large portion of the Chitauri sent down by Thanos under his command.
Thanos would later arrive in the kingdom of Wakanda, and the joint alliance of Earth's mightiest heroes and most dangerous villains did their best to keep him away from Vision. However, Thanos' power was proven to be unmatched, even to all of Earth's mightiest defenders, removes the Mind Stone from Vision's forehead, apparently killing the android and shutting down his entire system in the process. Thanos had ultimately triumphed over his enemies once he completed the Infinity Gauntlet, using this to finally complete his goal and destroy half of the life within the universe at the snap of his fingers, something that heavily devastated Rogers and his allies for losing a lot of their loved ones due to the heroes' ultimate defeat and failure.
However, the alliance of the surviving heroes, antiheroes, and several redeemed villains still persevered, thanks to the overall introduction of Adam Warlock as the final resort and hope for restoring everything back to normal, being aided by the Cosmic Entities, and continues their final battle against Thanos within his Sanctuary. In the process, he overlooked his adoptive daughter Nebula who was able to wrest the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos' hand. Her first act was to undo all that has occurred, which inadvertently freed the heroes and the cosmic entities and resurrected most of those who have once withered away into ash by the Titan's snap of changing reality. The battle resumed with Nebula's raging hatred towards Thanos in her attempt to kill him for good, and in the end it was Adam Warlock who finally possessed the Gauntlet, ending the cosmic conflict for the Infinity Gauntlet, for now.
The Heroic Age
In the aftermath of their all-out victory against the most notorious cosmic threats, including the Skrulls, the Mad Titan Thanos, and the more diabolical Magus in order to save the fate of the universe itself using the legendary Infinity Gauntlet, the Avengers was praised by, and with it, the latter finally becomes a global organization publicly funded by none other than Tony Stark himself, who was responsible for suggesting and persuading the President of the United States and the entirety of the United Nations to implement the public program he had secretly proposed for so long as a replacement for the Superhuman Registration Act, known as the Avengers International.
In response to Stark's convincing proposal, the heads of the United Nations had gleefully ratified the project, and had the Avengers International finally announced throughout the whole globe as a publicly-sponsored super-hero initiative. They are established to protect the Earth and restore faith in its government after most of it supposedly fell during and after Norman Osborn's Dark Reign, using the recently built New Avengers Facility as their headquarters. Expanding the new roster of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the team grew farther than what the original members had already anticipated, after Stark and Rogers came to recruit their newest members, with each one as a honorable representative from their home countries, who were brave, inspired, and selfless enough to join their organization and become a mighty Avenger.
The Love of His Life
Having completed their first few missions around the globe successfully, Stark and Rogers appeal to the U.N. and they are finally given official, public support. However, little did the heroes realize, was that as their recognition grew stronger and stronger all over the world, the same thing happened with their adversaries that they had faced before, gaining the attention of diabolical forces who would do anything just to get in their way and prevent the heroes from thwarting their diabolical schemes. Along with his public success leading the growing influence of the Avengers International as the leading protectors of Earth, Steve still had his own personal progress and development in the form of his long-time lover, Sharon Carter. As a decision of their seemingly forever endearing love, the pair decided to profess their love and commitment for each other, deciding to elope in Paris, France, while they were still in their momentary vacation across Europe. As several months of the International's continuous success, Steve started considering the idea of finally retiring, putting down the shield, and leaving the hands of leadership to his own good friends, especially Tony Stark.
Ends of the Earth
For the next few years during the significant Heroic Age, Captain America and the Avengers International became a very successful worldwide heroic organization, continuing their obligations to battle out every single evil that no single hero could ever defeat. Unfortunately, since all things, both good and bad, eventually come to an end as one would expect, the now renowned Avengers International had to face its ultimate end, right at the end of the Heroic Age, and the beginning of the "Ends of the Earth." During the brief but brutal timeline of Ends of the Earth, each of the Avengers were slowly torn apart by the disastrous events inflicted upon them at the time.
The Battle for America
As a result, the Avengers International later be facing would be their last known enemies as a publicly-supported team, A.I.M., in Chicago, led by the insanely powerful Graviton and the evil genius, M.O.D.O.K., the large-headed mastermind who was later revealed to be the responsible perpetrator for secretly assassinating the more infamous Red Skull and subsequently having to remotely taking over his already lifeless body (with Schmidt's consciousness later revealed to have been stored in a framework program) in order to lure the Star-Spangled Legend into his palms as a part of his unveiled plan. In the midst of the upcoming threat, Rogers had no other choice but to leave his normal life behind for the meantime, in order to investigate and deal with whatever he and allies were going to face. Unbeknownst to Steve, it would be personally his greatest and last ever adversary throughout more than eighty years of his entire life as the great and legendary Captain America.
Stranded in a digitally-simulated mindscape known as the Framework after he was overwhelmed and subdued by A.I.M. operatives under M.O.D.O.K.'s orders, Steve explored the Framework along with his archnemesis Red Skull, which both were mutually reluctant at teaming up, wherein they came into a simulated world free from death, as the two met the digital constructs many fallen (with some who were thought to be) heroes and villains that have perished in the past due to Captain's failure to save them, both the people he lost starting his debut as Captain America in World War II until his return in the the Modern Age. Some of these Framework constructs included his fallen Avengers and his old ally and flame, an adult Peggy Carter, whom he got the chance to communicate and have his first and last dance, in which he also confessed that he ended up falling in love with her great niece Sharon, with her before moving on with his primary objective. In spite the two momentary feeling guilt and hopelessness, Steve and Schmidt eventually found a way to communicate with his teammates from the real world without getting caught by A.I.M. or any of its accomplices, helping each other simultaneously in order to help the Captain escape the Framework and help them defeat the terrorist organization's tyrannical and destructive plot as well. Throughout his journey across the simulated cities of the Framework, the hero and villain discovered through the fragments M.O.D.O.K. has left on the simulation, including the memories of George Tarleton, the villain's former and original self. Meanwhile outside the real world, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Ultimates dealt with Graviton's threat.
With the additional help and assistance of his fallen allies' digital constructs, whom Steve was still tearfully joyous to be reunited with for that one day even though they're just A.I. duplicates, the Captain was able to figure out what M.O.D.O.K.'s plan on the real world was: releasing a countless swarm of deadly techno-organic creatures originating from a future divergent reality (Cable's former home), believing it would ensure A.I.M.'s path to overtaking the country, deluded into seeing themselves as "the future of mankind," starting with America. Steve and Schmidt eventually reached their finish line, moments before Tarleton decided to delete (possibly reformat) the Framework and erasing his consciousness in the process. More unfortunate for Steve, the Red Skull reverted to his true colors and tried to betray the Captain, only for the villain to be thwarted by his fallen allies seconds before all of Framework was fully deleted. Steve was the sole survivor of the simulation's deletion, waking up in his body within the Supreme Laboratory, located inside the main headquarters of A.I.M., which was a cloaked, floating mass of land that was hovering throughout the United States. Thanks to his return, Steve was able to alert his allieswinto finding him and the invisible island, in which S.H.I.E.L.D. sent agents led by his crime-fighting partner the Falcon, his best man that is the Winter Soldier, and his wife Sharon Carter, who momentarily came back to help deal with A.I.M.'s nationwide threat.
Finally returning into the real world and knowing how to take down the very empire A.I.M. has been trying to build across America, a persevere and determined Captain confronted Tarleton, who has now transferred his very consciousness into a metallic (primarily composed of Adamantium-Carbonadium among other strong and durable alloys) body, and fought him face-to-face with his own fist and iconic shield until it shatters into pieces, leaving nothing but Steve to relies on his mind, heart, and fists to stop Tarleton's catastrophic endgame from being unleashed onto his home country. Steve initially promised that he would always free and redeem his enemies, but he realized that Tarleton was already beyond saving, rather believes he should be relieved from the very pain and suffering he was experiencing since he cheated death (during Ultimate War) which irreversibly rendered him insane as the super-intelligent M.O.D.O.K. He sorrowfully apologized to his final enemy, before relieving Tarleton of his suffering after finding a way to destroy his body and shut him down for good, thus ending both his unending internal agony along with what could've been its cataclysmic consequences on his home. Tarleton's consciousness dies out as his metallic body and system failed to support him any further, leaving. Despite M.O.D.O.K.'s fall, however, the latter's death revealed to have triggered a post-mortem protocol to release the future techno-organic creature swarm into the heart of America. With his allies eventually thinking the swarm attacking America was inevitable, Steve thought otherwise as he thought of the only possible solution.
His allies tried to rescue him out of the island, but Steve instinctively trapped himself within the headquarters, with the deadly techno-organic creatures that was meant to be released into America, as his final act of sacrifice. As the island's course was set to hover over the Atlantic Ocean just outside the New York Harbor where it was timed for detonation, Steve tearfully thanked and bid his friends and families goodbye before they were forced to leave the floating island. In his last moments, Steve saw his life and his loved ones flash before his very eyes, from the moment of his birth to the moment he lived and endured as the heroic Captain America, knowing it was worth-lived after more than a hundred years. Closing his still teary eyes in a lifetime of fulfillment, all the hostile creatures aggressively lunges at the strong and fearless hero milliseconds before the island finally exploded into rubble. Steve Rogers, Captain America, died by the late 2020s as the noble-hearted hero who always willingly and unhesitatingly gave his own life saving America, and along with it, the world, which mirrored his sacrifice during World War II. The only difference now was that there was no turning back, no icecaps to salvage him, and no resurrections. Covering his death by countless media and internet outlets worldwide, billions of people mourned hearing his unregretful demise yet honored his selfless sacrifice as the Star-Spangled Avenger they all knew and loved.
Hours have passed since A.I.M. was dismantled and subsequently brought its surviving accomplices into the just hands of authorities, S.H.I.E.L.D. ordered a search-and-rescue mission to find the fallen Captain America under the Atlantic Ocean, in hopes of resurrecting him. Unfortunate for, what they fear happened as they discovered Rogers' lifeless body, and by the looks of his body, it is no longer suitable for any process of "resurrection," similarly to what they did for Director Phil Coulson after his death during the Chitauri Invasion. Hearing this news first hand, his allies could only break down in tears that one of their greatest heroes and fellow soldiers was gone, especially Sharon Carter and Bucky Barnes, losing his husband and his brother-in-arms respectively.
Days later, hundreds of thousands of civilians have gathered to his public funeral in Washington, D.C. by the Lincoln Memorial and later in a private memorial was held for him at the Avengers Tower which was attended by his friends, family and the heroic superhuman community. Unfortunate for the Avengers, the President of the United States has also decided to permanently shut down the once famous global organization Avengers International after the end of the Battle for America has ended in the noble sacrifice and demise of Steve Rogers, the legendary Captain America, subsequently downgrading the status of the heroic team as a public organization, reverting them back to a private organization. Despite the trials and ordeals the Avengers and other superheroes have been facing in the aftermath of his passing, Steve Rogers' unforgettable American spirits of heroism, freedom, peace, justice, and liberty never died, and was rather remembered and would be long embodied by his fellow superheroes and his admirers across the world in the face of future threats.
Powers and Abilities
Artificially Enhanced Physiology: The Super-Soldier Serum (SSS) metabolized and permanently enhanced all of Rogers' bodily functions to beyond the peak of human potential. Dr. Abraham Eskrine described this potential as being "the next step in human evolution," while still remaining completely human, but was often called by the title, the famous "Perfect Man".
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Senses
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Superhuman Durability
- Superhuman Mental Process
- Accelerated Healing Factor
- Advanced Longevity
|Power Grid |
|* Heightened stats when empowered|
- Master Combatant
- Master Shield Fighter
- Master Tactician and Strategist
- Advanced Military Operator
- Expert Marksman
- Weapons Proficiency
- Expert Vehicular Driver
- Captain America's Shield (formerly; destroyed)
- Triangular Shield (formerly; destroyed)
- Energy Shield (formerly)
- "Back-Up Shield" (formerly)
- Captain America's Uniform
- Various advanced technology equipment
- S.H.I.E.L.D. issue communications equipment
- S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet
- Motorcycle (formerly; destroyed)
- Captain America's arsenal
- Needle pistols
- Various conventional firearms
- Plasma pistols and rifles
- Pistol (formerly)
- Assault Rifle (formerly)
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Avengers Vol 1 1
- Like some of his notable comic book counterparts, Steve Rogers is a devout Catholic.
- Despite being the just and righteous spiritual embodiment of what America is supposed to stand for since its foundation, Steve isn't entirely fond of politics. When his Fury joked about making him the next President of the United States after Matthew Ellis, Steve politely declined the idea as if the topic of the conversation was serious. More of this trait of his was apparent during the Hydra Uprising, starting to have a skeptic mentality towards his authority after finding out that Hydra had been a parasite of S.H.I.E.L.D. all those times. In Steve's words, "he simply wanted to do what was right."
- Steve was greatly fascinated by the tech savvy and more socially-advanced world upon his return to the modern age, admiring the great leap humanity had taken in the midst of his disappearance. He often spend his spare time away from being an Avenger in recreational ways such as watching television and browsing the internet, to the point where he almost forgot one time that he was supposed to routinely "jog a marathon" every single morning to stay in shape.
- Steve was described by most of his teammates and fellow other heroes outside S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, both men and women alike, as the "perfect and ideal gentleman."
- Steve Rogers was worthy of Thor's mystical hammer, Mjolnir, having first wielded it during the finale of Osborn's Dark Reign, which was the Siege of Asgard.
- Where his funeral was taken place, which was at the Lincoln Memorial, is a nod to his Ultimate Comics counterpart, who also died after a noble sacrifice, albeit he died during a fight against Galactus.
- Appearances of Steven Rogers (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: Steven Rogers (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by Steven Rogers (Earth-61615)
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