At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers crashes in the Arctic and is frozen there. He is rescued 70 years later and brought back to life.

Since cryonics is not currently possible, is there an in-universe explanation on how he survived freezing? Was it that cryonics is possible in the Avenger universe or there is something related to Captain America's super-soldier status?

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This harks back the The Avengers #4 (March 1964) where Captain America is defrosted, and they presume that he only survives due to the super-soldier serum from Project Rebirth.

The answer then is: He's a super-soldier.

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    You should've ended with "The answer then is: He's just cool like that" :)
    – Tacroy
    Apr 4, 2012 at 19:01
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    "I'm Batman!" -- It's the answer to everything.
    – BBlake
    Apr 4, 2012 at 21:21
  • @BBlake - you also need to add the certain growl of Christian Bale... "imBATmun".
    – Jared
    Apr 5, 2012 at 1:35
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    It is mentioned in the film that his cells have a protective regenerative ability due to the effects of the serum. It was in the bar when he was lamenting that he can't get drunk. I think this was also a subtle bit of foreshadowing that explained his ability to survive the freezing.
    – BillionSix
    Oct 29, 2014 at 18:15

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