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Let's assume I know almost nothing about Captain America or Avengers or MCU. I know he has a vibranium shield, and was a product of drinking super-serum during WWII that turned him from a geeky dweeb into a superhero. I'm generally familiar with many other Marvel characters, mostly from this site or reading Marvel's Wikis.

Are there any comics (old time or recent) that I should read first to allow meaningfully better understanding of what is happening in the film, or its enjoyment?

When I say "meaningfully" I mean that the comic adds more information than would simply be imparted by a 2-sentence summary about a character or event on Marvel Wiki.

This includes things that illuminate the backstory, or any film details - even if the comics are in a different non-MCU Earth canonically.

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    I would say offhand that the most relevant comics are the first couple years or so of Ed Brubaker's run writing the Captain America comics, as they were largely the basis for the style and mood of the Cap movies. The problem with that is, Brubaker started off his run with the "Winter Soldier" story arc, which gives away about half of the plot of the second Cap movie. So I'd suggest watching the movies first, then going back for those comics. – recognizer May 27 '16 at 2:28
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    There’s been talk of adding tags for the first movie in each series: meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/9640/…. Nobody’s gotten around to it yet, but now is a fine time to start. – Molag Bal May 27 '16 at 3:08
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    Nah, the movies are largely self-contained and have his entire origin story in the first one. You really don't need to read any of the comics to gain sufficient understanding of what's going on, nor will greater reading give you any special insight into the events of the films. – Valorum May 27 '16 at 8:41
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    “Let's assume I know almost nothing about Captain America or Avengers or MCU.” Which universe are you from? – Paul D. Waite May 28 '16 at 9:08
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    Where the hell is Thaddeus when you need him? :-P – Rand al'Thor Jun 16 '16 at 11:03

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