Although Captain America is often described as not being superhuman, he can clearly survive things that a regular human wouldn't, such as being frozen in ice for seventy years.

I'd like to understand how severe of an injury he can survive.

For that, I'd like two details:

  1. What is the worst physical injury Captain America has ever recovered from? Has he ever lost a limb or organ, or broken a bone?
  2. If he's ever died, what was needed to kill him?

I'm not limiting this to any particular continuity, as long as it's an official Marvel property.

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    The heart-break of losing his love, Peggy Carter.
    – Skooba
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 20:54
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    Two horrible TV movies and one horrible direct-to-video movie. If you find the current films lacking, take a look at the older versions. A motorcycle helmet? Rubber ears? Yuck! Commented May 5, 2016 at 21:09
  • I think the point of Cap is that while he is superhuman he is still, primarily, human. He's basically just a "better" human being (stronger, faster, better than he was before...) but there's nothing extra-special about him.
    – Ben
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 1:41
  • @Ben He has enhanced healing capabilities. Not like Wolverine, obviously, but clearly he can survive things regular humans wouldn't. Such as being frozen in ice for seventy years.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 2:06
  • @DCShannon again, it's not really a "healing factor", it's the same thing as what you or I have, just better. If he breaks a bone or gets a cut, it'll be healed within a matter of hours (slight exaggeration, but you get my point), his metabolism is faster, but there's only so much the body can survive. I believe this answer sums up my point nicely.
    – Ben
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 2:14

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In the Civil War arc in the comics, Steve Rogers/Captain America was killed by a sniper named Crossbones, so we know that bullets can kill him.

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To my knoweledge, the worst "injury" that Steve Rogers suffered in the comics was when he was forced to temporarily retire (allowing Sam Wilson to become Captain America for a while) because the Iron Nail had drained the super-soldier serum from his body. Even that he managed to recover from eventually.

  • So he's never been shot and survived, had a limb cut off, broke his spine, nothing like that?
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 21:12
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    He wasn't killed by the sniper's bullet. He was, however (spoilers, look away now) killed by a bullet.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 21:14
  • @DCShannon Not to my knowledge, no. But I can't say for certain since I haven't read all of the comics.
    – Ixrec
    Commented May 5, 2016 at 21:15
  • I watched Winter Soldier last night, and he was shot like 6 times in rapid succession, including in the gut. Immediately after he was punched in the face with a metal arm repeatedly and then, while unconscious, fell hundreds of feet into a river. I might take it upon myself to write an answer at some point, but that would be the most severe injury that I'm aware of.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 7, 2016 at 1:45

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