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What is the reference Captain America understood?

"Personal flying monkeys" is a reference to The Wicked Witch of the West's army in The Wizard of Oz. As a movie from 1939 (and a book published in 1900), it is a reference that Captain Rogers would ...
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Why isn't Captain America worthy of Mjolnir?

My interpretation was a little different than yours. When other characters try to move Mjolnir, it doesn't move at all. When Captain America tries to move it, it moves. I think he probably doesn't ...
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Did Captain America know Iron Man needs his arc reactor to live?

Tony hasn't needed the reactor to live ever since the end of Iron Man 3, when he underwent surgery to remove it. He doesn't wear it any more; now, the reactor is only for the suit. [we see Tony ...
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Why does Captain America need to exercise?

Like any trained athlete, Captain America will tell you he is only as good as the effort he pushes his body to perform. The Super-Soldier serum did make his body physically fit, but being at the peak ...
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Why Didn't The Winter Soldier Keep Captain America's Shield?

Consider the scene as a whole: the Winter Soldier is a ghost, his MO is to complete his mission and disappear without a trace. Most people have never heard of him, even the intelligence community ...
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Why hasn't Captain America been promoted?

Because rank follows job Army rank isn't just a question of experience, heroics or capabilities. It's not like going up a level in a D&D game. After a certain point, an officer's rank implies his ...
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Who repaints Captain America's shield?

Comics: In at least one case, Captain repaints his own shield. Here we see the good Captain himself, replacing a broken leather strap and touching up the paint on his shield (note the can of red paint ...
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Why wasn't Captain America eating in the end of The Avengers?

The post-credits scene wasn't filmed until production had already completed and so the various actors had already moved onto new roles. Chris Evans had a role in Snowpiercer in which he needed a beard....
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In the films, was the portrayal of Captain America supposed to come across as gay?

According the actor who portrayed Steve/Captain America, Chris Evans certainly didn't intend to give that impression in his performance. He (quite literally) played the character straight and seemed ...
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How does Captain America channel this power?

The wording of the enchantment placed on Mjölnir in the first Thor movie is: Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor. Which implies that Captain America ...
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What is the reference Captain America understood?

Flying monkeys is a reference to the Wicked Witch of the West's minions in The Wizard of Oz (1939). The joke is that the reference is so dated that Cap gets it, unlike cultural references to things he ...
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Why doesn't Captain America accept the need for checks & balances on superheroes?

The Cap lays out his reasoning himself in the boardroom scene: Steve Rogers: Tony, someone dies on your watch, you don't give up. Tony Stark: Who said we're giving up? Steve Rogers: We ...
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Why isn't Captain America worthy of Mjolnir?

I've heard people say they thought it was because when he tried to pick it up, it was for the wrong reason. They were playing a game in the scene, trying to see if anyone could pick it up. People ...
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What is the reference Captain America understood?

Captain America was frozen in ice from around 1943 to around 2012. so he doesn't know thousands of cultural references like "Here's Johnny", Bueller, redpill, etc. An ongoing joke in the Avengers ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

He can deal damage with his shield because it's designed to work as a story element in a comic book. In terms of real physics, it makes no sense. Newton's Third Law says that for every action there ...
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How is Captain America able to expertly wield a weapon he had never used before in Endgame?

“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.” Part of the power of Thor is use of Thor’s hammer. It’s not that Captain America knows or even needs to know Norse war ...
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How is Captain America able to expertly wield a weapon he had never used before in Endgame?

In the Earth-616 (comics) canon, it's been indicated that Captain America can master new techniques and weapons in a matter of seconds or minutes. I don't think it's been confirmed that this ...
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Which MCU movies are essential background for Civil War?

The Bare Minimum Captain America: The First Avenger - introduces Steve Rogers and other important characters specifically relevant to his storyline. The Avengers - introduces the team dynamic, the ...
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What is the Lemurian Star really doing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

TL;DR : Yes, Fury hired them. Fury wanted the data without anyone KNOWING he had the data. Prior to the beginning of the film, Nick Fury had reason to believe that elements within SHIELD - possibly ...
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If vibranium absorbs kinetic energy, how can Captain America hurt people with his shield?

You have to keep in mind that Vibranium only absorbs kinetic energy directed into it. If the shield absorbed ALL kinetic energy from any impact, it would be useless as a tool or weapon. Also, ...
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What is Captain America's worst fear?

Assuming that each vision did, indeed, represent that character's worst fear, we can speculate that Captain America's fear is Here is an explanation of why I think that: This sentiment was echoed by ...
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Did Captain America make out with his niece?

That would very much depend on who you ask. The writers believe that Cap went back in the same timeline and so there would have been two Caps from their point of view. Fandango: So people are asking.....
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How fast were Bucky, T'Challa and Steve running in Civil War?

Somewhat over 62.5 mph but likely under 72.8 mph A bit of assumption going on but... When Captain America went for a relaxed run around Washington DC in Captain America: The Winter Soldier Sam ...
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Did Captain America actually illustrate his own comics at some point?

Yes, in Captain America #311, Steve Rogers quits working as an advertising exec (his secret identity) and goes to work for Marvel. They put him to work illustrating Captain America comics.
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Why did the Winter Soldier kill these characters?

Hydra had Howard and Maria Stark assassinated in order to get their hands on a new version of the Super Soldier Serum. As interesting a call-back as that would have been, the deaths of Howard and ...
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When did Captain America learn what happened to Howard Stark?

He learns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When Captain America and Black Widow find the hidden SHIELD bunker that contains Arnim Zola's AI, one of the things that Zola explains is how HYDRA ...
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Are the edges of Captain America’s shield blunted or sharp?

Per the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, Vol 2 (Deluxe Edition) #2, Cap's shield has a blunt, rounded edge. Granted, that source is 30-something years old by now, but I'm not aware of ...
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How did Captain America use this in Avengers: Endgame?

He was always worthy Steve has always been worthy to lift Mjölnir as we saw in Avengers: Age of Ultron he was able to move it slightly. He stopped moving it because he didn't want to show Thor up in a ...
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Did Civil War ignore a previously seen ability?

First off, I'm not 100% sure that's a power she actually has. We've certainly seen telepathic abilities from Wanda, but they've been in reading minds, and inducing fear. Whether or not she can ...
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