I feel like Captain America should be considered superhuman both conceptually and in terms of his feats. I mean, he was injected with the Super Soldier Serum and yet it only made him peak human? That seems like false advertising if I’ve ever heard it, and if I were Cap I’d get a lawyer to sue Dr. Erkstine’s ass.
But even still, the terms Superhuman and Peak Human are just terms; they don’t truly define what the characters limits are, nor should they. For example, in Marvel’s database, Spider-Man is shown to be a 25-tonner yet he has shown feats to showcase they he would be able to lift in excess of 100 tons. And characters like Crossbones are listed as Superhuman even though he never had a mutant gene or Super Soldier Serum, so how is he considered Superhuman and Captain America isn’t when he has had a Super Soldier Serum? Hell, I’m pretty sure Marvel lists Rhino’s speed as a 7 which means he’s able to move faster than light, and there is absolutely no way he can do that.
So Marvel’s database isn’t a reliable source of information, so if we truly want to get a grip on Cap’s strength, we have to look into the comics themselves. Cap has been seen bench-pressing 2200lb next to D-Man in an old Avengers issue. A lot of people mistake this for bench-pressing only 1100lb because that’s the number we see displayed on the plate. But if you have ever worked out, or at least know how weights work, you’ll understand that that is only the display for one plate and there is a plate on each side, meaning that the total weight would be 2200lb plus however much the bar weighs.
Cap has also been seen being able to holster a car over his head; I forget the make and model, but judging by its size compared to Cap, it could weight anywhere between 1500 and 3000lb. Cap has seen easily lifting and tossing a tree trunk which would most likely weigh upwards of 5000lb. He has done a lot more as well: he has broken a steel chain with his bare hands, and then lifted a giant eagle statue.
And that’s just examples of his strength. In terms of speed, he has been able to run a mile in 75 seconds and run 5 miles in just under 5 minutes, putting his top speed anywhere between 50 and 70 mph. And in terms of reaction speed, he has been able to dodge point-blank gunfire by, in his own terms, “seeing faster”.
This means that Captain America’s eyes are able to track movement and send information to his brain and down to his muscles faster than 1500 mph. The average human neuron fires at about 220 mph. This means Captain America’s reflexes are nearly 6 times faster than the most well trained human eyes. So whilst characters like Spider-Man and Daredevil are able to dodge bullets by sensing the bullet before it’s fired, Captain America literally sees the bullets flying out of the gun and is able to move out of the way at point-blank range.
Needless to say, I think I have made my point. Captain America, for all intents and purposes. should be considered Superhuman, but for whatever reason he is not. It kinda feels like it’s almost disrespectful to the character, because if someone in the Marvel universe could just get to his level from working out and good genetics, it kind of renders him as a character and the Super Soldier Serum in general pointless. If they wanted to go the whole Peak Human route for the character they should’ve made him a skinny kid who decided to work out and train in order to get to where he is instead of just being injected with a serum.