Steve Rogers in Avengers - Part 1 - What We Lost
I get very perplexed by people who look at The Avengers and mostly see Steve as a duck out of water and punchline of jokes. I can’t help but wonder why they don’t see the ball of grief and rage and severe PTSD, especially given his first scene.
He’s a man who is struggling to find himself under the weight of the legend and iconography of Captain America, the perfect, all-American hero soldier. He’s a man who has lost absolutely everything. Also, he continues to be the sarcastic mofo that he always was. Everyone is surprised by the sarcasm. No one expects wholesome Captain America to be sassy. Even Fury, who is paid to never be surprised, is surprised by the sarcasm.
I was intending just to do a little essay re. his character in the film. And then my brain happened, so instead, it’ll be a series of short essays regarding Steve’s behaviour and characterisation within the plot of Avengers. Bear in mind that this is only my interpretation, and I tend to go big :)
But to start at the beginning in this analysis, the first scene we have with Steve, he is in a gym, taking out his emotions on punchbags. Not just a gym, but an absolutely empty gym. He’s there in the dead of night when no one else is. He’s isolating himself as he did once before - anyone remember a bombed-out pub in London? Anyone? - because Steve Rogers does not like to share when he is falling apart.