When Captain America saw Bucky, he became emotional and weak to a point where anyone could knock him. But, why did he believe what he saw? It could have been a clone of Bucky (after all young Bucky and he were friends 7 decades ago so alternative ideas seem more natural). Is Captain America fit for any battle when all his enemies need is to wear that face-changer mask we saw in the end of the movie?

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    What face are they going to change into? Does he have loads of other best friends who he thought died 70 years ago? – Paul D. Waite Nov 27 '15 at 18:29
  • @Paul Photos are available. – Lobo Nov 27 '15 at 18:46
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    Photos of what? There isn’t anyone else who seemingly died seventy years ago to whom Cap has a significant emotional connection. – Paul D. Waite Nov 28 '15 at 1:42
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    Don't forget that while Captain America is a superhero, he is only human. Pardon my words but "photos are available" isn't enough to satisfy one's emotional needs when everyone you're close with is presumably dead or dying. Would you rather have your mother in a picture or in the flesh? – thegreatjedi Nov 28 '15 at 4:25

When Steve first realizes he's fighting Bucky

When The Winter Soldier turns around and Cap sees him, he is taken aback by the shock. No one will argue that. But he is seeing

  • His oldest and closest friend
  • A person who is 70-ish years out of time by age
  • A person who he not only believed to be dead, but that he personally felt the responsibility of the death

Not only is Bucky alive, but Bucky just tried to kill Cap. This stuns him for a moment. This is a reasonable reaction, even in Marvel Comics. This does not necessarily make him "unfit".

On whether or not his enemies could/should just use face changing masks

Cap goes up against Bucky again, multiple times. In the subsequent battles, he does not stand there shocked. It's true that Cap may be pulling his punches a little bit more than normal, as he doesn't want to injure Bucky badly, but Cap does not typically fight to kill to begin with. The fact that Cap fights him normally later is proof that wearing a face changing mask would not be a universally effective method to defeat Cap.

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